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Old 12-04-2018, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Finally the last 30 or so wood pens have had a chance to meet my skew. The photos show the usually tough leopardwood shave handle before sanding.l straight from the skew. It feels good to the touch with no ray flakes popped out as can easily happen. A skilled turner from the Antelope Valley Woodturners Club gave the group skew lessons and then coached several of us individually. I was a lucky one to get a private lesson. That lesson plus improvement in my sharpening skills made the difference.

I have much to learn but Im in the game.
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And who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
I don't have much use for a skew anymore except for opening paint tins.
Good for you. I never did master it.
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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And who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
I don't have much use for a skew anymore except for opening paint tins.
Good for you. I never did master it.

I resemble that old dog statement and take no offense. Ive earned the distinction.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Well done! Got the skew on my list to learn.
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Great job. I also have been using a skew more and more, its amazing what a little practice can do.


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Cool. Did he teach you point up or down or both ways?
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Cool. Did he teach you point up or down or both ways?
He could do amazing things with a skew and had it in many directions depending on the task. I use the center of the skew and avoid even thinking about touching my blanks so far with either end. I’ll venture farther some time and I’m happy with shaving smoothly across tough wood blanks. Maple burl, leopardwood and crosscut blanks yield to the skew.
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Most excellent!! You and your skew will be best friends for life!
Is it amazing how much having one to one instruction can move ones progress forward?
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I started using a skew a while back. It does a lot better finish than a spindle gouge. It also helps to keep the blank uniformed as you shape. The more you use it, the better you'll like it.
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How wide is the skew you're using? I have two in my set (never used) one probably an inch wide and one about 1/2 an inch. I'd like to try them out but that pointed tip scares me no end. Thanks for sharing.
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