I have long had a desire to try welding. As much as I enjoy wood work, and the natural beauty of wood. There is an interest in the sheer lightweight strength of metal and the fairly fast fabrication associated with welding.
Feeling good about how the king had gone, I set to work on the bishops.I decided that the thing to do would be to turn 2 head-to-head in a single length of wood. This would mean I only pay the 'cost' of work holding once for two pieces.
It's amazing just how good I feel about being given this cup. I've been going to the club for a little under a year now. Which means I've been wood turning seriously for about a year also. It's nice to find I'm not the only one who thinks I've improved.
Recently I wrote about a challenge I'd been set to let go of the idea that my wood turnings should be 'things' with purpose, such as bottle stops, lidded boxes, bowls etc etc. And instead simply make something that looks interesting.
Back when I started wood turning, one of the first things I invested in was a 4 jaw self-centering chuck. One of the feature of the chuck is an 'indexing ring', which I quickly discovered is not much use to you without a fixed point to lock into the notches.