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Here is my Woodturning!
By Jack Lipkin
Demorest, GA

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I built my own shop about 15 years ago after I moved to the small city of Demorest, GA. I have been woodworking for many years and started turning approximately 4 years ago after seeing a demonstration on turning by the local Mountain Laurel Wood Turners club in Clarkesville, GA, which I later joined and became Vice President. I would advise anyone interested in turning to seek out a local club as there is a wealth of knowledge in its members. I am also a member of AAW the American Association of Woodturners.

I believe turning and woodworking are in my blood as my father dabbled in both skills when I was very young. I was set back for about a year shortly after starting due to a severe head-on auto accident which left me unable to do shop work. All is fairly good now and I have made a great recovery, but do have to limit my time because of the damage done to my right leg and ankle.

I love the fact that you can take a chunk of wood that might even come out of the firewood stack and once you turn it you can see what wonders it beholds. I don't mind a challenge and probably turn some woods that others won't touch. In fact, in the project pictured below, I tried some off center embellishments on it and it was a little soft or as I say punky.
The natural edge bowl pictured below is Ambrosia Maple and I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of spalting it contained.

Christmas ornaments are just plain fun to turn and my wife Sharon loves doing the painting on the snowmen and the trees.

Rolling pins are great to make, especially if you have any left over pieces of wood that you can glue up.

Also as most turners do, I have turned some writing pens.

Jack can be reached directly via email at papajackswoodworks@windstream.net .You can view more of his work by visiting his Etsy and Facebook Pages.

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