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Monday, February 18, 2013

How Cool is This?

Alan's thermometer is hovering around -10 degreesNow we all know that woodturners are a little on the strange side, what with all that round stuff and no 90 degree angles to keep you grounded. And anyone who’s attended the school while Alan Lacer is teaching knows that there is no better proponent for the school of “round is better than flat”than he. So it shouldn’t have been such a big surprise when Alan checked in with his latest masterpiece. But it was…

I guess Alan’s been feeling the need to get out more (a Wisconsin winter can do that to a person), but since the weather in Wisconsin is still a little on the nippy side, Alan had to be even more creative than usual. How do you merge your desire for the great outdoors with your love of turning, you ask. Well, in Alan’s case, you just make use of what nature provides. And during a northern winter, what could be more plentiful than ice?

 

 

Roughing out a bowl...of ice!Refining the form of a bowl turned of iceThe finished product - a transparent bowl turned in ice

 

 

Now since chunks of ice are not usually thought of as flat, I don’t know why he felt compelled to engage with this particular chunk of ice, but the end result is cool enough that I’m almost wishing for colder weather here in Indiana. Luckily (for my lathe) large chunks of ice are harder to come by here. Hopefully, this feeling will pass or the temperatures will continue to rise, as I know I don’t want to try explain to my wife why I’m buying stock in companies that market de-rusting solutions!

 

Alan poses with his completed turning

 

Anyway, I knew you’d all get just as big a kick out of this as I did so I thought I’d share. Any other “winter” projects we ought to know about???

-markwithak

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