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Here is my Woodturning!
By Gene Adcock
Crofton, MD

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After a 43-year career of computer data analysis and predictive modeling for various government institutions, my woodturning shop has become my sanctuary for doing what I want, when I want, the way I want. At the urging of my wife for me to see something besides computers and statistical presentations, I attended a woodworking show in Baltimore in 2006. Tucked away among the big vendor power machine booths was the local Chesapeake Woodturners of Annapolis, putting on a laid- back friendly demonstration of functional wood art pieces. Awaking some dormant artistic/craftsman itch, I was immediately hooked and joined the club. I am also an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, and the Chesapeake Woodturners.

Black Pearl
It's been a friendly challenge-and- learn improvement party ever since. I quickly attached myself to some excellent club mentors, Temple Blackwood (a regular contributor for The Highland Woodturner). in particular, who helped me master the skew, work from a "story stick," and understand production work. From this excellent grounding, my love for variety has driven me through recurring projects in natural edge, off-center, threading, dye, hollow forms and subtle embellishments. I find inspiration in everything from classic forms to Pop Art. My goal for every piece is a good profile that distinctively features the natural wood medium.

Pueblo Pot - Cherry Burl
My shop came together rather quickly after the first time I held a gouge to spinning wood in 2006. I have one side of a double garage where two lathes, a big bandsaw, and a large table saw are in permanent positions, with smaller power equipment such as my jointer, sander, planer and router table on rolling platforms so my wife can park her car on "her side" of the garage. It was necessary to install four 220-volt lines and build a 14' by 8' kick-out to my side of the garage for the 60-gallon air compressor, air filtration vacuum system, floor model drill press, and lots of shelving. Additional lighting and my music box provide the perfect environment for safe, fun, creative work.

Pistachio Bowls
By the time I retired this year at 67 I had collected enough wood, equipment and projects for my passion. I have applied these factors according to the woodworker's model to yield the highest probability of doing what I want, when I want, and how I want. In the final analysis, my wife of 43 years is a kindhearted mastermind.

Pepper Mills
Autumn Crock
Brimming Delight
Cedar Wing
Turned Jar


Gene can be reached directly via email at turneroftruro@gmail.com. You can view more of his work by visiting his Facebook Page

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