I am VERY proud to announce a call for Entries for “Hollowform: the space within” – a show celebrating vessels made of wood, glass or ceramics at the Cultural Arts Center gallery. Applications are available at http://www.thevesselshow.com Application deadline October 18th, 2014

Synopsis: Through history, vessels have served to store, protect and transport precious things whether it is food for a long winter, thread for mending clothes, or the sacred ashes of a loved one. These forms enclose memories, necessities, and define a space of time we wish to preserve. They also act as cultural time capsules defining the needs, techniques, and social interactions of the period and people who made them.

Many thanks to Ashley Yore for featuring me on her Emmy winning “Made local” spot.    http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/community/features/staylocal/stories/wsyx_devon-palmer-woodturning-58.shtml


I’d like to formally invite you to two events this weekend…

First off, I’ll be doing a two hour FREE demo at Woodcraft Columbus,OH (Corner of Bethel and Kenney) from 1pm-3pm Saturday on both Hollow vases (see Video in Comments) and Hollow Christmas Ornaments as a promo for my hollow vessel Class Sunday December 29th (previous turning experience required). This class includes multi-function hollowing tool.  Video sample here: Log to Vase in 240 seconds 

Sunday, I’ll be the Columbus Idea Foundry Open House http://columbusideafoundry.com/holidays/ doing demo turnings, selling my wares, bowls, etc (and ornaments at a discount from the online price) as well as sponsoring “Make and Take” christmas ornaments and pens. Both for $20: The pens take 15 minutes and the ornaments take 30 (PM me if you’d like to schedule a block). We’ll feed you wine and cookies (After the powertools, of course.;) )

Following that, you can sign up for a 3 ornament class rotation at the foundry making a forged twisted metal ornament in the blacksmithing area, a wood ornament with me, and a stained glass ornament in the glassworking area. $95 for all 3 and we will feed you dinner/snacks. 5-9pm



I’d like to invite you to the Columbus Idea Foundry Open house and Holiday Bazaar Sunday December 15th from Noon to 4.   I’ll have my full line of wares available for purchase including Christmas Ornaments and Peppermills/Saltshaker sets.   While you there you can browse other handmade items from member artists, watch demo’s or participate in “Make and take” demos turning your own Wooden Christmas Ornament or Wood pen.  More info at: http://columbusideafoundry.com/holidays/   RSVP on Facebook

Also, I’ve schedule several additional snowman ornament classes if you’d like to experience woodturning and make your own ornament.  It’s a great beginning class as no experience is required.  I’ll even feed you cookies.   To find out about my classes click on the “schedule” link.

If you can’t make it to the foundry, I’ll also have more items available on my Etsy site. https://www.etsy.com/shop/devonpalmer You also have the option of picking up your purchase at CIF or arranging time with me to browse my collection.  Email me at devonpalmer@gmail.com if I can answer any questions.

Happy Holidays!!!


If you’re interested in learning to turn, or how to sharpen everything from Kitchen knives, to chainsaw chain, to handplane blades, Click on the “schedule” link.  There you can find location, price, and details about each class.   There are more classes scheduled than ever before as demand is high.   Hope to see you in class.

Bosch GCM10SD Review


Bosch 10" Glide compound Miter saw with shop built table and kreg stop system for picture framing

Bosch 10″ Glide compound Miter saw with shop built table and kreg stop system for picture framing

Santa visited my studio a little early this year and left me the new Bosch GCM10SD Miter saw from http://www.ohiopowertool.com/.   It’s main feature is the two perpendicular wrists that support the saw on 12 super-smooth bearings.  It makes the slide mechanism incredible smooth.  You get great feedback from the cut and can feel changes in the wood like knots (not important, just something I’ve come to appreciate from woodturning tools to tell me how they’re cutting) My main attraction to this style of saw is the hopes that it will be extra-accurate given the lack of play/clearance required for sliding tubes.  I’ll need this accuracy for cutting segmented pieces to 1/10th of 1 degree.    Given the 16-20 segments in a ring, 1 degree of inaccuracy would mean 16 degrees of error in the ring.

It’s a heavy unit at 65lbs, but, that added heft means less flex and more precision.  If you need a saw that’s super mobile for the jobsite, this may not be the tool for you.  After an hour or so of tuning, I was able to get it within .25 degrees.   It makes perfect miters for picture frames – a surprisingly difficult task for a miter saw.  I’m confident that I’ll be able to dial it in after I get used to it.


Bosch 80 tooth laser Blade with C4 carbide teeth

Bosch 80 tooth laser Blade with C4 carbide

The smaller 10″ blade has less flex than the 12″ and tends to follow the grain a little less when cutting miters.  It’s surprising how much that little bit of drift matters.   Ohio Power Tool also threw in a fantastic 80th 10 inch 1/8th keft blade featuring C4 carbide teeth.  C4 carbide is extremely fine grained carbide that is not only sharper than standard carbide, but, it holds it’s edge even longer.  Sharper translates to less pressure to cut, less flex and again, more accuracy.  In my opinion, the blade is the most important part of the saw and this one cuts just as good as my Forrest woodworker II.


All of the controls and settings are accessible from the front of the saw.   You can lock the slide in for “chop” only.  It has a pre-set depth stop that flips in/out of the way, and the given the smart design of the blade guard, will cut up to 5.5 inches against the fence behind the blade.  The slide mechanism allows for 12″ of horizontal capacity.

All in all, I’m super happy with this saw.  I’ve always considered Bosch to have some of the most intelligent and thoughtful design for both function and style – and it’s pro quality gear.

I’ve been playing around with video as a means knowledge sharing to make woodturning more accessible.   I remember back to some of my struggles in learning.  After I learned the basics, I struggled to work through what I understand now as “common problems”.   I’ve finally found a solution that works for me.  The first series of videos I hope to work on will be related to sharpening.   It’s seemingly tangential to our lives as woodturners, but, no other skillset has done more to advance the speed, quality and enjoyment of my work.


Thanks to Rob Turner for sharing footage.  (Don’t blame him for my poor editing and composition, I’m still learning)  http://www.architecturalperspective.com/


Video 2 – Bowl turning Demo from the July 2013 Columbus Idea Foundry open house.


Added a hard felt wheel to my sharpening arsenal.  Charged with green Chomium Oxide (Dico CM1) used to polishing stainless steel.  It’s about the only compound short of diamond that can cut exotic metals beyond M4 into Crucible Particle Metal (CPM) steels like A11 in the skew show in the photograph.  It was time for this tools annual grinding as it hit the floor sharp side down (as is the case ever time this tool is dropped, about 1x a year).  80 Grit North 3X SG wheel to reprofile.  Ideally I would have hit it with an 180 grit Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN) wheel next to refine the bevel scratches, but, opted for a 600X diamond hone, then polishing on each side of the felt wheel show to the right.  It can now cut standing hair 1/4 inch from the skin.

Honed SkewA wet wheel (tormek) would be great if this were a softer steel (M4 or less) as it combines the first 2 steps.  For exotic CPM steels, wet wheels are far too slow and lack abrasives hard enough to effective cut these steels.  The abrasives dull quickly and strike the edge as blunt objects that break the edge as opposed to cutting it cleanly.   These CPM tools seldom benefit from honing anyway as they’re best for roughing.  We don’t care about the finish, we just want the excess wood GONE – fast!

Skews, however, really benefit from the extra keenness of an edge.

Woodworking tools need to be MUCH sharper than kitchen knives for 2 reasons:  1.) A sharp edge will stay sharp longer due to lower cutting forces abrading it.  2.)  Control and feedback:  The lower tool pressures result in higher degree of control allowing us to “feel” what the tool is telling us about the quality of the cut.

Columbus Alive Arts Feature

Sincere thanks to Jackie Mantey and photographer Meghan Ralston and Columbus Alive for doing an art feature on my work.   Made me tear up a little when I read it.  Thanks for taking me on a trip through my past….

Original image linked from Columbus Alive, Copyright holder.

You can read the article here…  http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2013/06/13/arts-feature-wood-as-muse.html

Tremendous thanks to all who came and turned Pens at the Great Columbus Art Councils Art Festival and their support of the “Big Local Arts Tent” and the Columbus Idea Foundry.  Also, thanks to 10TV news for the promo spot.  You can watch it here. 10TV Spot – turn a pen at the arts festival

News Teaser

We’ve raised enough money to buy two complete sets of Sorby woodturning tools. (Each has roughing gouge, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, parting tool, skew, and scraper), as well as two pen turning kits, with Mandrels, End mills, pen turning gouges, a pen press and bushings.



With the money raised from the fathers day Parent/Child penturning class, we’ll be able to complete the tool kits by adding two 4 jaw scroll chucks for holding bowls, vases and larger work.  With this the Foundry will have a full compliment of lathes and tools to make 95% of the most common turned items.  Studio time is VERY inexpensive at $5/hour, making this very accessible for people who want to explore woodturning as medium.  Check out the Columbus Idea Foundry link above for details on membership, classes, and resources.

Phil Turning a Kingwood pen

Phil Turning a Kingwood pen

Also, I am so happy that MANY women turned pens last weekend.  Woodturning is NOT a “guys only” hobby.  Columbus is fortunate to have internationally recognized woodturning talents like Andi Wolfe http://andiwolfe.blogspot.com/search/label/woodturning  and Barbara Crockett http://www.bcwoodturning.com/   They’re both past presidents of the American Association of Woodturners local Chapter, Central Ohio Woodturners.  They increased the rolls to several hundred members and put an incredible amount of time into bringing international talent into Columbus to teach members advanced turning techniques.    I’ve also been the fortunate recipient of their instruction and guidance – for this I am grateful.   As a result, I’ll be developing a introductory course in Woodturning for Women at Woodcraft Columbus, Thursday Evening November 14th 2013.    Details to come…

Penturning at the Columbus Arts Festival

Penturning at the Columbus Arts Festival