Happy New Year Everyone!

 

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. For our first challenge of the new year, we're going to do something a little different. Instead of turning an object, this challenge will involve using a tool, actually using a particular tool....The Skew Chisel. And hopefully gaining a better understanding and more competence with the Skew.

Skew Chisels come in many shapes and sizes. There are wide ones, narrow ones, flat ones, curved ones, and grinds are just as varied. But none of that matters because this challenge is to use that one special skew that you have, the one sitting at the end of your tool rack. You know, the one you never use, the one with all the dust and maybe even a little rust on it. I've been told that the Skew can be one of the most useful and loved tools in a woodturners arsenal. Let's see what we can learn.

For the rules, only one rule. Whatever you make must be made using a Skew Chisel for at least 50% of the project. Normally a Skew Chisel is associated with spindle turning. Let's see how far we can broaden the definition of "spindle". Just a few I can think of are finials, rolling pins, kitchen utensils (spoons, spatulas, spurtles), ornaments, snowmen (and snowwomen). But I'm sure you folks will come up with many more.

This challenge will run through Friday, March 20, 2015, the Vernal Equinox. Feel free to post as many pictures of as many projects as you like. And let's hear some of your stories, both successes and failures.

 

Here are just a couple of many videos available on using the skew....

http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/v ... hisel.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQTo1pAIpQ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfeLAHQSbqk

And a few videos on sharpening your skew....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cfKS8cOwUs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzxnY5pXiDo

Have fun and be safe!

 

(NOTE: so that everyone can view all the entries at one convenient location, a link has been created on the Front Page. It is called Challenges and is located in the header menu entitled Storage Shed.)

 

 

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