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Here is my Woodturning!
By Don Johnson
Beaumont, TX

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My father was a research and design engineer and owned a gunshop on the side. There were lathes everywhere. I picked up a few tricks here and there but only worked on metal. After I retired from my own business I was looking for something to do. A good friend offered to sell me his combo mill/lathe. I jumped at it without knowing what I wanted to make. I started researching woodturning and fell in love with what I saw.

Highland Woodworking was the first place that got me hooked up with the right tools plus the ideas to make them work. I have always been an insatiably curious person so I could not limit myself to one kind of project. My goal was to turn wood using the same tolerances that I used with my metal projects. Exotic hardwoods did the trick and gave me the results I was looking for. I am legally blind so I am less than perfect but I have learned to slow down, measure several times, and have the patience to do it right. I love customer tips and tricks and videos on how to do things. So many people have been so helpful. My wife says she has never seen me happier than when I am in my shop.

Fly fishing rod handles made out of waterproofed hardwoods
Cocobolo duck call
Cocobolo/stainless ring
Walnut bottle stopper with commemorative coin

Don can be reached directly via email at don4021@gmail.com.

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