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Archive for January, 2010

Wood Turning in the Backwoods at the End of the World

Monday, January 18th, 2010

In this guest blog post, Jim King takes on a tour, so to speak, of his turning shop down in Peruvian Amazon.  I hope you enjoy his humor and enlightening pictures from a fairly primitive set up.

– Mark Stephens

Typical of the woods and turnings

Typical of the woods and turnings

My tools are made of car springs, old files, wrench handles, a broken off machete...

My tools are made of car springs, old files, wrench handles, a broken off machete ....

Wood turning is one of the oldest crafts in the world and has been done with very primitive but creative tools.   Most of the world does not have the big boys’ toy stores for woodworkers as in North America, but woodworking still goes on all over the world.

A typical Amazonian turning shop is a little rough around the edges.  The electricity comes and goes and materials and tools may or may not be found.   One thing is very noticeable, and that’s no one complains. read more