You know what, they just don't make things to last! For example I had a perfectly good sheet sander only 27 years old and it broke...imagine that....shocking....I mean I have t-shirts older than that. Any way this required a replacement to be purchased...

Yes, yet another truly awful title but in this case it is accurate. We managed to get hold of a reasonably priced vacuum pump, don't think I need to tell you where from......

The two most common questions about bits of equipment tend to be: Is it worth the money? and Do you actually use it much? One of the most common areas I get these questions is about hollowing (hollow forms or vases and pots as they are called in our house) and hollowing tools so I thought I'd do a little long term review of the Simon Hope hollowing rig/jig as its now been in use for over five years.

I'll admit that I didn't specifically need this one but you know when those things come along at a price .....well you'd be rude not to buy it....

This is one of those "rarer than hens teeth" things, urban legends etc etc. So whilst checking my saved searches on eBay I came across a Vicmarc outboard turning rest for sale, like I said "hens teeth" are more common. So I did what needed to be done.....

Right now I have your attention...we can proceed.

Right then a bit of a project one this time, and some arty stuff about wood so if you don't like that sort of thing well you can go and watch a funny cats video on YouTube.......

Having tried a variety of different ways to reverse bowls (something I do quite a bit - the clue is in the domain name) I decided to give the vacuum chuck method a go.....

In response to a comment I am going to try to include some news/updates on actual projects - either completed or in progress - just to prove that all these toys tools do actually get put to use....

Right then, all you skew chisel purists need to look away now...

As a change from my usual eBay addiction this week the addiction to tools took me over to another all too often frequented haunt -

Been on the lookout for a Vicmarc VM120 Chuck for a good while and to my surprise along came two with a bit of a story attached.....

Yes, I know....stop looking at eBay!! On this occasion though it was a much needed purchase....honestly it was.....

No doubt the title has now gotten your attention, so now boys and girls we can continue....

Right then, one thing often raised by turners is availability and preparation of blanks from timber/logs - especially when a large bandsaw is not available. Well you don't need a bandsaw (though having one is nice! ) and here's rough guide how..

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....well actually just a little while back in County Durham an AWGB member workshop happened to take place on May 4th which as I am sure you all know is International Star Wars Day so prepare for some unbelievably bad star wars puns....

So you spend loads of time waiting around to get something, in this case dust extractors for each workstation, and then a whole load of them turn up altogether....

Like most people afflicted with the illness better known as woodturning the Internet and specifically eBay is a major issue, the tools and machinery on display which call out to people afflicted with this illness is sometimes too much to resist....

Right then, a common issue I have noticed is that people, especially tall people, seem to have an issue about holding scrapers and carbide tools flat and level.

So with the arrival of Dusty and being a careful sort of a chap it occurred that it might be a good idea to try to save a bit of wear and tear on bags, filters and the like....

Its funny what just turns up when you least expect it. Dusty, our latest team member arrived without warning this week.

I know, it seems to come round really quickly but its that time of the year again...the interclub competition and open day at Border Woodturners!

Well another day out, this turning lark is just non-stop really.... This time it was making spheres, or you could say balls....but lets not go there!

Just completed an exhibition of work at the Harbour Cottage Gallery in Kirkcudbright...

The much anticipated visit by Mick Hanbury happened last week and even the weather, which has been very unkind recently, decided to be kind to us and allow the workshop to be extended out into the fresh air.