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Old 07-06-2018, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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In preparation to assist in the future with some of the penturning clubs at Centers for the Blind and Visually Impaired, I ventured to be a fly on the wall watching Sharon, get oriented with this manner of instruction, review safety protocol and get some hands-on turning practice blindfolded with a mentor assisting.

Background: I have worked with Folks with Visual challenges many years ago as a Therapist at the Cleveland Society for the Blind, so I did have a headstart.

This is also an update to the thriving woodturning/penturning sessions that Sharon has spearheaded in Phoenix, Arizona. Penturning is alive and well in this town!

Note: Yes, the last picture is of me. And yes, safety protocol/goggles/faceshield was omitted to allow you to see that I was being oriented as a blindfolded turner. This was simply for these pictures. Also, these pictures were after I had instruction with an assistant guiding the position of my hands and gouge. At that time he could not take pictures because, well, his hands were assisting mine!
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It was a real pleasure having Mark here today. Here is a bit about the people in the pictures.

The two people turning today were Trevor, who is completely blind and was turning his first pen, and Deana, who is a trainer in training, going to be one of our assistant trainers.

Lori is my "good right hand." She is great with the beginning turners. She is so patient and calm with them. They come in saying "I don't know if I can do this" and go out asking "when can I do this again." She and Trevor made a beautiful African Sumac slimline for his first pen, and we put his son's name on it with the laser.

Tony is a more experienced trainee, and he and another trainee will be opening another training day in September. Right now we only have trainers enough to turn two days a week.

Deana was making a letter opener today. We went over cutting, drilling, tubing and milling the blank before she turned it. It was an olive blank that had a good sized crack that she filled with crushed turquoise. Normally when a turner comes in to turn, the blanks are all prepared and ready to turn, but with the trainees, they have to prep their blanks before they turn. Deana has problems with bright lights, and was having trouble with her dark glasses fogging up under the goggles. So she was turning with dark safety glasses.

Mark is always a joy to have visit and I hope he will come again. I'll put him to work!
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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This is absolutely amazing! I'm gla d Mark was able to make the trip, and venturing into this. Thanks for the photos!
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I'm an Ohio Boy... Todays weather report: "And today it is not bad, just a little warm - about 110 degrees." .

Sharon, Thanks for the hospitality. I feel much more confident when Andi needs help. Overcoming our anxieties is easy when we see what cards others have been dealt.
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Mark, Thanks for doing this trip and posting the photos. It gives insight to the instruction at the center and the fine work Sharon and the others are doing.
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First I would like to thank Sharon for all she is doing in this field. I always look forward to reading her posts especially when one of her students does something amazing beyond what to me is amazing stuff already. To actually get the joy of turning pens has to be a thrill as much as it is seeing this. Having some actually photos now even puts a bigger smile on my face as well I am sure many others here. Job well done and continued success.
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Truly wonderful!

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That is great! I've honestly wondered if turning was something the visually impaired could do since a lot of it is by feel - seems like it could work out, and apparently it does! Very cool to see this going on. Thanks for sharing.


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