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Posts Tagged ‘wood turning’

Strange Woods and Beautiful Turnings, Part II

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

NEW PINK FLAME IIACheck out this second set of fun turnings from Jim King down in the Peruvian Amazon.  He’ll be commenting on these incredible woods he used down below ….

In the mean time, click on the pictures to see a larger version.  I’m interested in that multi-part vessel at the end: read more

Strange Woods and Beautiful Turnings, Part I

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Champagne coller base  24You’re going to get a kick out of these turnings.

Some are inside out or exceptionally intricate.  Others look like regular ol’ bowls.  But all of them use a special and unusual wood that echos the beauty of the forest from which they came.

Of course, let me not fail to mention these were turned using recycled car parts and broken machetes – the finest tools found in the Peruvian Amazon. read more

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