Is your shop invitation open?

Good day, Today I want to talk about something I have experienced over the last week. I have been working in an inner-city high school sporadically and it has been quite eye opening. I heard things and saw things that blew my mind in a negative way. On the flip side my mind was blown by the number of kids that stopped and asked questions. The questions were anywhere from what is that tool you are using to do you enjoy your work. The previous questions led to short discussions about tools and working with your hands to create something. These situations got me thinking about getting these kids into a shop and teaching them something. I think most people have wanted to try making/creating something at some point in their life. Over the years I have invited several people into my shop that show an interest in woodworking and don’t have access to tools. So I have to ask, When was the last time you invited someone into your shop? I think it would be great if everyone was proactive about inviting others into their shops and helped them out on the journey. You never know how that could change someones direction in life.

The other thing I want to mention is that even in the sea of negativity you can find some positives in life if you open yourself up to seeing them.

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Good evening and happy Easter to everyone. As some may know I recently purchased a lathe for the shop. Now I have been watching guys do lathe work for many years and I even turned a couple of projects in middle/high school. I won’t say how many years ago that has been but will summarize in saying it was a long time ago. That being said I’ve spent the last week playing, re-learning, and studying up on how to use the lathe properly. If you mix in a few failed attempts and 1 project blowing into pieces it would summarize my week on the lathe. Finally today I felt comfortable enough to try my hand at a project for the market. I laminated up some oak and walnut, Eased the square edges and got to turning. The rolling pin you see below is what the finished project came out as. I’m stoked because I feel like I am finally getting in touch with sharpening, using, and controlling the set of 8 Marples chisels that came with my lathe.

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Thank you for reading,

Steven Ukena

Dovetails and Dadoes