Turn for Troops 2012

We’ll get back to WIA reporting & my bench soon, but first a timely post.

Like last year, my local Woodcraft participated in the Turn for Troops program, where customers can come in and turn a pen to send to a deployed service member. This year didn’t go as smoothly as last year – I blew out my first blank:

The second set of walnut blocks went much smoother:

On this Veterans’ Day weekend, it was good to be able to give something to those who risk giving everything for us.

Next time you come across a veteran, thank him/her.

Turn for Troops 2011

This past Saturday I visited my local Woodcraft to participate in “Turn for Troops” as part of Veterans’ Day Weekend. I’ve never jabbed a sharp rod into spinning wood turned before, but I had an inkling that I might enjoy it. This seemed like a great opportunity – a little instruction from some experienced turners¬†and the resulting piece is off to a good cause.

Spent a bit of time working on getting the blanks round before attempting any shaping of the wood. I think things turned out well. I didn’t want to get too fancy on my first pen:

A few pointers on how to assemble a pen kit with the press and I had a finished product.

Hopefully this will make some soldier, sailor, airman, or marine’s day.