I've had my first go at demonstrating - and I survived the experience! I've turned in front of people before, but never as the main attraction, so I was rather nervous when I found myself standing in front of about fifty people at my club meeting at the start of July. I'd been asked to demonstrate some of the texturing and colouring work I've been playing around with since February this year. It was borrowing the club's Proxxon long-neck grinder that got me started in this area, so I suppose it was fair to pay this back in some way.
Well, it's Sunday evening...one week left until I'm putting my latest bowls and platters up for sale. I got four more finished today, so I have 14 ready for sale, once I've given them a wax and a buff, which shouldn't take long (he says hopefully...). I might get another couple or so done during the week.
These four have been around for a while, just waiting for the centre to be cored out. The textured blue one is probably my favourite of the four from today, though it came out darker than I intended.
Two of them have videos you can see either on my website or on my Youtube channel. I'll be doing videos of the other two in the near future. But now my thoughts are having to turn to my first demo on Thursday this week. Some of you know I'm a teacher, so standing in front of a group of people shouldn't be too daunting, but the prospect of that group being woodturners rather than 15 year olds, makes it a bit different. We'll see how it goes!
I do occasionally get to bore my students with my woodturning tales. They sometimes ask me what I do with the turnings. Well, now I'm selling them, but before May this year they just got piled on top of the piano...which coincidentally is where the majority of my sale stock for next week is.
It's been good fun, mostly, getting these new ones done, but I'm not sure it's something I'd enjoy doing for my day job - I don't know if it would still have the same fun or enjoyment attached to it, along with the pressure of having to make sales to pay the mortgage. So it will continue as something I do alongside my day job. That's not to say I wouldn't enjoy doing it day after day when (if) retirement comes along....but that's a long way off still!
Wish me luck for the demo on Thursday!
Keeping sane and finding creative expression in a piece of spinning wood