Notes from my first classes with Edric Florence in 2004


Below are the notes that I took during my first two classes with Edric Florence (an excellent local turner) in the fall of 2004.  They look simplistic now, but they still do me good to read from time to time.

1. don’t be afraid to roll the gouge WAY over – almost past 90-degrees, leaving only about 1/32 between wood and top of gouge
2. remember, Ellsworth bowl gouge is 3-tools in one, gouge and two shear edges – gouge with the open face and tip, and shear with a closed face and wings
3. shearing should produce very fine shavings and little/no end-grain damage
4. don’t bother rounding the piece when first mounted, just start cutting from the back of the bowl toward the bowl edge and it will round itself
5. keep back of gouge handle LOW and face CLOSED to shear cut – choke up on the gouge if necessary
6. Keep the rest very close to the work and move it often
7. Rest can be below center as long as cutting edge is at center
8. squaring up the blank on the lathe is very important on natural edge bowls – use the fingers on the rest to measure and align otherwise wall thickness will not be even due to the difference in edge height
9. use knock-out bar to hit piece when mounting and then re-tighten pieces after a few whacks
10. don’t use the tail-stock wheel lock so that you can continually retighten
11. keep tail stock VERY tight with the wheel as you go
12. microwave on 30% power for 30 seconds about 45 minutes apart until weight does not change
13. don’t run the lathe when you sand
14. WD-40 on the oils stones and lathe ways
15. SHOULDER is most important part of chuck grip, not base against chuck unless piece is large
16. Cyano glue (thin) to stabilize spalt, bark, etc…lots of it
17. Use accelerator on the cyan glue and dry with shavings
18. never get the pith in your work piece, it can be in the tenon if necessary
19. 6-parts water to 1 part dish soap soaking mixture to stabilize green wood.
20. when cutting the inside of the bowl, RUB the bevel on the bowl wall
21. don’t grip too hard

Above is picture of one of my first natural edge bowls (spalted birch).

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Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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