MCW February 2011 Mark Supik Demonstration
Feb 27, 2011Public
Photo: Mark Supik started the demonstration talking about the skew chisel.
Photo: Mark's assortment of tools that he brought for the demo -- a variety of skew sizes and shapes and a couple spindle gouges.
Photo: The famous "screw" chisel.
Photo: Mark showed that the skew can be used for roughing as well as the final cut.
Photo: Notice how high the tool rest is.  For roughing and peeling, you need to cut the wood above the center line, unlike with the gouge or scraper.
Photo: This is the first of the many times he showed how you need to cut along the piece.
Photo: Mark assumed this position many times while he took questions from the audience.    He is very patient taking many quesions and very knowledgeable with his answers.
Photo: The chips were flying all night long.
Photo: Here he showed that an axe is just a form of a skew.
Photo: Now that the cylinder is ready he is going to make a #2 Morse Taper.  He took measurements from a tool with a #2MT and has marked how long it will be.
Photo: He then started to shape the #2MT.
Photo: He cuts along the tenon and peels up a nice curl...
Photo: ... and then trims it off.
Photo: He used 2 calipers, one for each end of the #2MT.  He turned down to the correct size and then connected the dots.
Photo: This is what he was working for, a #2 Morse Taper.
Photo: Mark turned the piece around and used the #2MT to fit into the lathe and parted off a large portion of the cylinder.
Photo: He showed how to square off the end and...
Photo: ... there is goes, straight through the center!
Photo: Shaping the curve.
Photo: Making the final cuts on an egg.
Photo: Parting off the egg with the skew leads to...
Photo: ... a great catch!
Photo: Mark explains how to hone the edge with a slip stone.  He uses a diamond slip stone but said that the important part is to have a multipurpose slip stone.  (Note that the shape of the end of the stone will work the inside of a gouge flute.)
Photo: Mark rarely goes to the grinder because it takes too much time; instead he hand hones his tools to keep his edge while he works.