Larry Clinton's Profile

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My father was a cabinet maker and architect so I guess you could say that woodworking is in my blood. When I was a kid I helped with some home improvement projects and did some small (and crappy) projects of my own, but later, after becoming a homeowner I did a bit of carpentry putting up walls in the basement, adding more balusters and screen to deck rails build a work bench. I didn't really get serious about woodworking until more recent years. After some physical problems pushed me out of my career in electronics service I worked in a couple of cabinet shops for a few years and then another shop making custom entry doors. That didn't work out so I decided to try starting my own shop. I had a few jobs but found myself too limited physically to do much more than small projects and then only with frequent breaks. Several years ago I bought my first mini lathe. I didn't use it much for a few years and then I tried turning pens. I was…

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  • Born on June 19
  • Joined October 29, 2009

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My father was a cabinet maker and architect so I guess you could say that woodworking is in my blood. When I was a kid I helped with some home improvement projects and did some small (and crappy) projects of my own, but later, after becoming a homeowner I did a bit of carpentry putting up walls in the basement, adding more balusters and screen to deck rails build a work bench. I didn't really get serious about woodworking until more recent years. After some physical problems pushed me out of my career in electronics service I worked in a couple of cabinet shops for a few years and then another shop making custom entry doors. That didn't work out so I decided to try starting my own shop. I had a few jobs but found myself too limited physically to do much more than small projects and then only with frequent breaks. Several years ago I bought my first mini lathe. I didn't use it much for a few years and then I tried turning pens. I was hooked. After about 3 years I bought a midi lathe with more power and a little more capacity and was able to start turning bowls. That really hooked me. I've never taken any lessons, I just keep trying different things and learning from my mistakes. I must admit that I've made my share of mistakes, goofs gafs, and outright screw-ups but I'm learning more all the time. One of my goals is to get a full sized lathe so I can turn bowls larger than 9 inches in diameter which is my current limit. I also want to try turning hollow vessels and segmented turning using contrasting woods.
Last year I ventured into the craft show and festival venue. At the first one, though it rained all day I did do better than a lot of people who were there. I've done a number of festivals since that one. Some were pretty good and others not so good. I did learn that it's too hot after April to do an outdoor festival.
I enjoy challenging myself and while I have some physical limitations that slow me down a bit I really love creating things. I love when I start turning a piece of wood that looks fairly plain on the outside and then finding a treasure trove of grain and color inside. Like opening a present, and I guess it is, God's gift. And I'm grateful that He gave me some some talent that enables me to extend the life of a tree(or parts of it, anyway) and have it live on as a useful or beautiful piece for people to enjoy for generations.
I do add new items from time to time so please check back often to see what I've been doing. I plan on trying some new things in the near future.
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