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Five months from now...

...I'm taking a woodturning class at Snow Farm.

I'd never heard of Snow Farm (in Williamsburg, MA) until Jane Yolen mentioned it in email this morning. I'm likely to stop by their annual seconds sale this Sunday on my way to a Chantey Sing at Elmer's Store in Ashfield.

Snow Farm has several winter workshops that caught my eye, but the very last one listed was the one that's utterly irresistible. I haven't made anything on a lathe since I was in junior high school. I turned several lathes on to confirm they still worked when helping clear my father's house last year. That only served to remind me of how long it had been since I've used one, and how much I enjoyed those hours in the basement with Daddy. The aroma, the sounds, the feeling of the tools in my hand, watching shapes emerge. Total memory rush. I never progressed past candlesticks (none of them ever matching into pairs) back in the day. Both my eye and patience have developed in the decades since. But whatever object I end up making in the workshop pales in comparison to how much I'm looking forward to spending two days working on it, relearning how to safely mount and turn wood, and just plain breathing the air while listening to the lathe(s) run.

I'm using a few inheritance $$$ to treat myself to the workshop. So excited!

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tanac
Nov. 19th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
That sounds great! I look forward to seeing your creation :)
history_monk
Nov. 19th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Good stuff! You've made me nostalgic for turning now - not having done it for 37 years.
coffeeem
Nov. 19th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Heee--I like their workshop titles.
don_fitch
Nov. 19th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
Aged/dried wood, or green? I could supply dried Cinnamomum camphora (smells like camphor, which it is), or green/recently-cut, Paulonia (Empress-tree ... very soft) green, or Olive (green). You'll undoubtedly have lots of fine local woods, but this is for after you get a Lathe to keep in the basement (& possibly sometimes use).
gerisullivan
Nov. 19th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
The class promises to provide ash, poplar, walnut, and cherry. It doesn't mentioned whether it's aged or green. As for "after I get a lathe," you haven't seen how little rough basement space I have or what it's already filled with. Hold off on sending wood until you see posts from me about joining one or both of the nearby woodturning clubs or qualifying for studio hours in one of the facilities I found online this afternoon. :-)

IIRC, I only brought back one, oddly-shaped lump of black walnut from Daddy's basement.

I'm dubious about the Paulonia, but both the Olive and in Connamomum camphora sound interesting.

(Just sayin')
batwrangler
Nov. 19th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun! I keep thinking about a mini lathe for turning scale furniture legs but I really need to sort out working space first.
lsanderson
Nov. 20th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
w00t!
WooT!
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