Videos are a wonderful way to learn more about woodturning and we have created a new section here on our homepage to showcase our featured video each month.
Fine Wood Ornaments
Artist Gaétan Courchesne's handmade Christmas ornaments are certainly one of a kind -- As collection pieces or precious family keepsakes, these ornaments will stand the test of time. Made of maple, they are unique, lightweight and unbreakable. Made in Canada.
We found this video online showing how Gaétan Courchesne has created a successful business around turning and painting Christmas Ornaments. He has done a fantastic job of automating much of his processes to meet the demand of these heirloom quality ornaments.
Production turning and painting of ornaments will not be for everyone (which is a good thing) but it's easy to appreciate the hard work and smarts that have made this a successful business!
Featured Turning Project
Making a simple Segmented Christmas Ornament
by Robin Costelle
In the wonderful project tutorial, Robin Costelle shows us how to make a very simple segmented ornament. There is no math or fancy calculations to make this ornament so it's one for beginners to segmented turning too!
By making the ornament in two halves, it is very simple to hollow out the insides making the final turning light enough to use on your tree.
Robin uses only two woods and some veneers so it's quick and easy to make!
We recently found out that Bob Leonard was building vacuum chuck kits for woodturners. And doing it at a very reasonable price thereby allowing more turners to take advantage of the wonderful benefits of a vacuum chuck.
With a vacuum chuck, you don't have to fiddle with Cole Jaws or Longworth Chucks or even Jam Chucks. Just center the work, turn on the vacuum, check the pressue on the gauge and gently finish your turning. It's quick and easy to do!
Bob's kits can be built by anyone with some assembly and woodworking experience.
And prices start at $150 plus $20 shipping in the U.S.
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