Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Still life of wood shavings

Still life of wood shavings by andiwolfe
Still life of wood shavings, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.
©2013 Andi Wolfe. Ahhhhh, the smell of wood shavings.... I spent last weekend in Tampa, Florida for the American Association of Woodturners symposium. I was the event photographer, and one of the requests this year was for some photos of shavings, hands at work, details of turning, etc. I certainly had a lot of photo opportunities with all the simultaneous demonstrations going on throughout the day, and I made a lot of very nice photos, I think. This one is from Friday morning - a demonstration done by Trent Bosch. I loved the lighting on the bed of the lathe with these long shavings. These types of curls are obtained while turning green wood (i.e., wet wood that is freshly cut).

The lathe, by the way, is an American Beauty by Robust Tools. Several tool companies (Powermatic, Jet, Robust Tools, Stubby Lathes) sponsor the AAW symposium by providing lathes and tools for the demonstrators and youth turning program. The lathes are available for sale afterwards - usually at a bargain price. If you're looking to buy an excellent lathe, check it out next year at the 2014 AAW symposium (Phoenix, AZ).

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