When Kevin Ireland (the publisher of “Popular Woodworking Magazine” & “American Woodworker”) asked me to write a blog about our new show Woodturning with Tim Yoder, I winced a little.
After all, I am a talker – not a writer. The thought of putting pen to paper or keyboard to computer freezes my brain. Heck, even writing a text gives me sweaty palms.
But here I go and you all will be witnesses to my first blog attempt.
When we started Woodturning Workshop on PBS it was my way of paying it forward. I wanted to honor those who took their time to help me become the woodturner I am today. For four years and 65 episodes, director/photographer Bryan Crain and I tried to produce an educational, inspirational and fun program.
To say that I am excited to be creating new woodturning episodes is an understatement. I am even more thrilled that Popular Woodworking understands “paying it forward” and is making each episode free to view (for a while)!
We have a lot of ideas for the new episodes that range from utilitarian items to artwork. I intend to cover techniques about coloring, carving and finishing. For those of you who have never turned or are just beginning, we will show you the techniques and tips that make turning easy. For the more advanced turner we will keep you interested with unique projects and new approaches to old problems.
I can’t say enough about the sponsors of the shows. Easy Wood Tools, Robust Tools, Titebond Wood Glues, Rikon Power Tools, Woodworkers Emporium, Thompson Lathe Tools, Cook Woods and the American Association of Woodturners. The first seven are great companies run by even better people, and the AAW does more to promote woodturning in this country and overseas than any other group I know. I am honored to be associated with them.
I must say for my first foray into blogging this has not been too painful. I have auto-correct for my poor spelling and a thesaurus for my lack of words …umm verbiage…yeah that’s it…verbiage…
Until next time, Keep Turning!