Frugality is a personality trait many of us turners and woodworkers share, which is why the current national lumber shortage is particularly hard for me to bear. Have you noticed the cost of 8/4 hard maple or a sheet of ordinary plywood these days? It’s enough to make a penny-pinching woodworker cringe! But one big advantage to woodturning is that it opens up our options for project lumber considerably. Rick Rich’s AWW feature article this month is a prime example. You can make a beautiful table lamp for the cost of a lampshade and a hardware kit, provided you have a stack of dry firewood on hand. And at the end of a day’s worth of turning, I’ll bet you’ll produce a lamp that’s just as pretty as one made of premium-priced lumber. All it takes is a bit of ingenuity and a willingness to pick through your burn pile. Happy hunting!
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
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