Category: Woodturning

Shape & Form Demo Handout

I was asked to do a demonstration for the Front Range Woodturners in April 2017. I chose to try and share some of what I have learned so far about Shape & Form in Woodturning. Part of what I tried to do was give people the “vocabulary” to start understanding and critiquing form in their own work as well as others.

I felt the demo went well, and was pleased at how quickly people caught on during the “what is good and not-so-good” part of the demo. At the end, a number of the participants asked to to share my slide-show in a form that was downloadable. Here it is: Shape & Form Slideshow.

As you get into the “Starting to look at Form…” section, I ask you to keep my notes covered util you’ve formed your own ideas about why you like of dislike the piece. You don’t have to agree with my notes.

It’s a lifetime of my learning condensed into a 90-minute class. I ended up spending nearly forty hours putting together the slideshow. Most of it trying to organize and communicate some complex ideas in an easily digestible form. My everlasting thanks to my lovely bride, Alisa, for helping in the edit process.


It’s Saturday – I can rest, right?

It’s a lovely November Saturday. I can rest from a long week at work, right. Sigh.

I have three custom orders waiting to be worked on in the shop/studio. Our not very long ago used to be clean, ready to work in shop now looks kind of like a disaster area. Tools from the turning class Alisa taught, and the carving demo I did are just kind of dumped where they got home. Stuff from our art show in Philly a  couple weeks ago is there too. I could work without cleaning up but it will drive me nuts.

I also have to arrange and/or compose new music for the concert I’m doing with Pamela and friends in two weeks. And practice up a bit.

Then the other projects that need attention. Nothing urgent, but after a while just knowing they are still waiting takes on it’s own weight. Hell, I’m even feeling a little guilty about taking time to write a blog post.

Oh! I have Sunday too. Nevermind. Still won’t all get done, but I feel better.

Love to all, Brer Bear ;-D

Oh, and a spoon to carve. Item #492 on the ToDo list. >;->

Saturday morning before the start of Philadelphia Miniaturia…

Sitting in the hotel room while Alisa showers and collecting my thought for the day. For those who have not done art or trade shows, it’s hard work. Especially at the end of the day, having to smile and be cheerful when your feet, back, butt and more hurt. It’s a lot of fun too, we get to talk to our customers and find how they’ve been using the things they bought last year. We get to meet new people too.

But one of the most rewarding moments is watching a stranger walk past, glance at our table, stop dead in their tracks, turn, stare, and simply mouth the word “WOW!” It is one of the big reasons we do this.