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I caught up last week with Jim Sannerud, a bowl turner and traditional furniture maker in Minnesota. Here’s our conversation, the 3rd installment in my “Woodworking Daily” series of questions for great minds in the woodworking community. And there’s a twist to this series – each interviewee will tell me who I should talk to next. Enjoy!

Jim Sannerud working on a lathe.

Jim Sannerud working on a lathe. Photo credit: Tib Shaw

Dan: What are the tools and fixtures you use for bowl turning?

Jim: Large lathe (24” swing), 1/2” bowl gouge, shaving horse, draw knife, Sloyd knife, assorted carving gouges. The most important tools to me are my hands and eyes.

Dan: What is your philosophical or artistic approach to both turning and furniture-making?

Jim: In a nutshell – keep it quiet, stay connected, waste nothing.


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