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March 2008: Inside This Issue

  • Website Update
  • Blog Reminder
  • March Website Special
  • Hot Tip of the Month
  • Turning Tip of the Month
  • Subscription Information

Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the sixteenth edition of Lathe Talk, a free monthly newsletter (e-zine) for subscribers of Steve Russell’s "Woodturning Videos Plus" woodturning website. This newsletter will be delivered on or about the first of each month to the email address you indicated on your sign-up form. All back issues of this newsletter are available here to subscribers.

Lathe Talk will offer tips and tricks to make your woodturning easier and more productive. I’ll also show you ways to save money in your studio, so you can stretch your hard earned money. In addition, we will periodically offer subscribers only specials on our videos and e-books. If you like this e-zine, please do a friend and me a favor by forwarding it to them. If a friend DID forward this to you and you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting our subscription page.

Woodturning Videos Plus March Update

Studio Update - Big News: After more than twelve years as a full-time production bowl turner, I have decided to formally retire from production turning to concentrate on artistic woodturning. Over the last two years or so, I have slowly reduced my production work schedule in anticipation of starting the next phase in my studio's evolution, becoming a full-time artistic woodturner.

When I opened my studio many years ago, my initial goal was to do production work for only five years, then slowly transition into full-time artistic turning. My studio grew beyond my wildest dreams and I kept extending my production turning work, all the while with my eye on my ultimate goal of doing full-time artistic work. As I approach my forty-eighth year of perpetual motion, I've decided I'm getting a little long in the tooth for full time production work! Sixteen to eighteen hour days do not come as easily as they once did it seems.

I'm very fortunate to be able to be able to make this transition at this point in my career. I'm also excited about finally having the time to do more complex projects and explore some new mediums. When you're a production turner, time is everything… The faster you can turn a quality product, the more money you make. It's that simple, there's no magic to it. Time management is always in the back of your head and there is precious little time to spend on artistic pieces that may require hours, days, or even weeks of turning and after work to complete.

It's going to be really strange though... In the past, I would never have had the time to spend an hour fairing the curve on a piece to get it perfect. Not to mention, spending a week or more carving, inlaying and embellishing a complex piece. I'm looking forward to my new artistic journey of creative exploration. As for my initial plans, I have always been intrigued by Grecian water and wine vessels from the fifth and sixth centuries. It was a magnificent time in history for beautiful vessels and one that I could probably spend the rest of my life exploring and not run out of projects. Retirement is going to be great!

New DVD Video and Remodeling Update: We're busy filming again in the studio for my next DVD video that we hope to release later in the spring. Also the long overdue remodeling of my studio workspace has been progressing as well. It's funny, no matter how much space you have, you never seen to have enough! Tools, equipment and wood always seem to expand to fill every nook and cranny. Does this happen to you as well?

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March Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

10% Discount On Any Purchase! For the month of March 2008, you can save 10% off any regular, or sale price item on our website. All items are included in this special sale. To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 2944 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends March 31, 2008 at 12:01 midnight, CST. Additional subscriber only discounts and specials will be offered in future editions of Lathe Talk.

Hot Tip of the Month - Introduction to Power Carving Tools

Learn how to use power carving tools for embellishments on woodturnings. Includes examples of multiple tools and their uses. To view the full article, click the link below.

Introduction to Power Carving Tools

Turning Tip Of The Month – Options for Inlay Materials

Learn about various inlay materials for use in woodturnings including crushed stone, wood shavings and metal dusts. To view the full article, click the link below.

Options for Inlay Materials

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

Subscribers: Thanks to all of our new and existing Lathe Talk subscribers for our non-stop record setting subscription pace! Our subscriber base is seeing explosive growth each and every month.

We're proud of the fact that Lathe Talk is now being distributed to thousands and thousands of professional and hobby woodturners all over the world. If you have any suggestions or topics for Lathe Talk, or any other comments, please let me know.

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