Author: Edgar Whipple

  • Hands-on Open Shop – My Take

    23 October 2023 – Thanks to Claude Godcharles for making the Palo Alto Adult School wood shop available for the hands-on follow up to David Vannier’s “Grind, Grind, Grind” presentation at the October 2023 meeting, and to those who helped stage, mentor, demonstrate, explain, and clean up. About 15 to 20 people attended and participated…

  • Tom Haines – Miniatures

    This post is to test a “gallery” block. These are small African blackwood pieces made by the late Tom Haines. First, here is an “image” block that shows all four pieces. Next I shall use a “gallery” to include all four images in one block. Clicking on one of the images below will open a…

  • Plate: chip carved, mid-century, Hutsul (Ukrainian)

    This plate was among my grandfather’s items, which were mostly intarsia of his own making. It was probably given to him shortly after the second world war. The back of the plate bears an inscription, written in pencil, in English and German. It has been obscured by age, but what I can make out is:…

  • Drying Wood

    If you do research on the web, have been to the AAW symposiums, go to any of the other symposiums, or even talk with other turners, you will hear all kinds of different techniques for drying wood. 

  • Food Safe Finishes

    The topic of food safe finishes is a recurring theme for many woodturners and woodworkers who envision placing their projects in contact with food, drink, or any materials meant to be consumed.