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A Unique Woodturning Project:
Turning Wooden Lampshades

by Andrew Sawyer
Chanhassen, MN

Hello, my name is Andrew Sawyer. I am the Executive Chef at a hotel in the Twin Cities area. Seven years ago I started woodworking. I made many pieces of furniture, and then one spring, my wife wanted a new wood floor in the house. As compensation, I got my first lathe - A Craftsman from Sears. For the money, the capabilities of that lathe could not be beat. However, it did not stand up to the paces I put it through, and I decided to replace it with a Jet 16/42 - a big upgrade. Anyway, the minute I started turning, I knew it was a fun and productive use of my time. I stumbled upon a couple of walnut logs, and made bowls for Christmas presents, then started making ornaments. Each year I tried to "outdo” the year before. Well this year I made lamps and lamp shades.

Here is a picture of my work.

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