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Here's My Woodturning!

by Dean Griffith
Rochester Hills, MI

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I have been woodworking as a hobby for many years.

I have done mostly projects around the house: cabinets, an entertainment center, a headboard, clocks etc. At the encouragement of my wife, (after seeing Norm Abrams using the lathe every week on tv) I tried woodturning.

I was instantly hooked, due to the instant gratification from turning a piece of wood and seeing it change as you work with it. The great part of woodturning is you can get as creative as you want and use many types of wood.

I learned from every magazine, book, tv show and video I could get my hands on and I continue to learn every day. As it has been said many times before "Woodturning is the most fun you can have with a piece of wood".

Birdhouse christmas ornament

Ambrosia maple vase

A second Ambrosia maple vase. This piece of wood came home from our daughter's and son-in-law's back yard in Marietta, GA to Michigan then to Columbia, TN as a gift to my aunt.

30 caliber cartridge pen made from bloodwood

Small dyed maple box

Pedestal bowl made from poplar for the bowl and pear for the base. Dyed red undertone then black. Lightly sanded the black to have red highlights show through. Size is 13" round and 8" high. Made as a wedding gift for my cousin in Tennessee.

Goose call made from Bocote

Walnut bowl

Cherry bowl turned from a piece of cherry my grandson won at our woodturning club drawing.

You can email Dean at .

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