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Back at it

After a prolonged hiatus, due in part to my lady’s medical issues, and in part to the cold weather (my shop is in my two-car refrigerator), I finally got back out there and turned some wood a couple days ago. Rough-turned a 15″ platter (will probably lose an inch before the final turning is complete) out of red maple, and a fruit bowl out of black locust finished only with beeswax (pictures pending a round of buffing)

Had intended to get back out there yesterday to do some more, but the computer repair business ( is picking up and spent the whole day yesterday doing that.

And speaking of irons in the fire (I know I wasn’t, but I am now), I’ll being doing my next stint, as a regular cohost, on a radio talk segment called “Surf’s Up” on KOSW 91.3 FM, our local radio station in Ocean Shores, Washington (can be streamed from here KOSW ) this coming Thursday, from 8am to 10am.

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Here We Go!

Not sure how long I’ll keep up any sort of blogging. This is just the first entry, simply because, otherwise, there’s a silly generic “Hello World” blog entry that just smacks of “noob”.

Since moving to Ocean Shores, WA, in May of 2017, I’ve found it difficult to obtain hardwood from local donors, as there is very little hardwood IN Ocean Shores. There’s just a smattering of Alder and Maple, and quite a bit of small Myrtle and small Crab Apple, and that’s about it.

I’ve had it suggested to scour the beach for driftwood, but having some experience with the effect of embedded sand on turning tools, I’m just a bit reluctant.

But, I’ll keep asking — it’s a small community and word of mouth — what they, here, call the “coconut telegraph” — is quite effective.

We’ll see.