MCW April '13 Program
Apr 18, 2013Public
Photo: Our demonstrator for the evening, Mike Hosaluk, likes to begin his demos with a spin top. They have nice details but take shape very quickly. He promises to complete one at the end of the demo in the interval while this first one is still spinning. We'll remind him.
Photo: These are his tools of the trade, almost everything ....
Photo: on these two tables came out in the demo.  Can you figure out when?
Photo: Gary gets in tight with that telephoto lens.
Photo: A sphere is a great warmup. It's just one big bead.
Photo: The trick is to get it truly spherical because the human eye can detect very small deviations. But Mike uses that fact to get the right shape in the first place -- with no templates, no special cup chucks or multiple axes. He just turns it...
Photo: ...with a sharp spindle gouge, on which he hones the flute as well as the bevel. He briefly carved off the small residual nibs, and after a breath of sanding the two ends, he had a sphere so good you could not see or feel any irregularities. Bravo!
Photo: Mike likes to use these "Sandvik Sandplate" metal sanding sticks from Sweden. They're no longer available except in used tool sales; if you find some, Mike wants them!
Photo: Here, Mike shows a quick trick -- how to drill a hole in a spindle for making a tool handle. Note that the drill bit is in the headstock, not the tailstock. He brings the tool rest up to stop the blank from spinning, and the hole is created instantly by cranking in the tailstock quill.
Photo: If you want a reusable handle, these inserts will fit right in.
Photo: Ok, now down to business. Mike is going to make a ladle out of this presawn oak blank.
Photo: He likes to use Doug Thompson's big spindle roughing gouge with its heavy round shaft that will never break off.
Photo: Here's the goal, made in an earlier demo, next to the new blank.
Photo: Michael starts the ball shape that will be the ladle's bowl.
Photo: He then starts shaping the handle.
Photo: The big chips keep flying as he nears the final shape.
Photo: The handle gets a thin and wobbly so Micheal supports the handle with his right hand.  Notice that he is still using the roughing gouge.
Photo: After finishing the handle with some decorative beads, he cleans up the waste ends.  This is a good angle to see the spherical bowl, and now we see the reason for the sphere practice.
Photo: The bowl has to be spherical so it will fit into this wooden collet chuck. The saw cuts serve three purposes -- 1) to let the chuck expand to hold the ball of the ladle firmly 2) to make room for the nib on the end, and 3) to provide room to reach in and lever it out when done.
Photo: After measuring the bowl against the chuck face, Mike expands the interior diameter slightly with a hook tool, his preferred way of cutting endgrain.  And look at the length of that handle!  Note that it is braced firmly against Mike's body, and under his arm, for great stability.
Photo: The hook tool makes the chips fly.
Photo: Michael always took time to explain to the full house what he was doing or why he liked the tools that he uses.
Photo: That handle is now going around like a propeller, but the camera has frozen it in one orientation while Mike begins hollowing the sidegrain with a spindle gouge. As long as the cut is predominantly inward, there is no fear of having the workpiece come out of the chuck.
Photo: Notice his concentration as that handle spins by.  He put  blue tape on the handle so that if he gets too close to it with his arm, the tape will give him a little warning.