Phil Holtan is selling his lake place and shop and downsizing so he has hundreds of woodturning items to sell. He will continue his woodturning business and workshops from a shop in Fargo Moorhead. So, we’re having a woodturning and other tools sale- April 28, 2016 at the Holtan shop, 43497 County Highway 53
On April 28 at 7 PM, Phil Holtan will demonstrate “coring out multiple bowls with the McNaughton system”, along with “10 tricks to cut cleaner and avoid sanding” at the MnLakes Turning Club meeting at his shop, 43497 County 53, Perham. Sale, pizza and pop starting at 5:30 pm
Take Highway 10 to about 5 mi S of Perham and turn N on County Highway 53. Go over 4 miles and 43497 is marked on the left and Holtan is on the mailbox.
Call 701-261-6044 for more information and appointments. No showings or sales before 28th.
New Crown gouges, chisels and scrapers,
HSS, powder metal and Cryogenic 15 percent off
New Nova G3 and SuperNova2 chucks, inserts, extra jaws, 15 percent off
Used gouges, chisels and scrapers, at least half off new
Massive “Texas toothpick” scraper handle for 1/4 cutter, also smaller model
Box of HSS and cobalt cutters- 3/16, 1/4, 3/8, sq and round blanks
2 different 3-jaw engineering chucks 1″ X 8 thread $25 choice
Face plates, variety of sizes, some 1 1/4″, most 1″,
Tool rests- some Delta and Nova, most shop-made, curved
Delta offset tool rest holder $20
Delta 24″ double tool rest- requires 2 bases
Delta heavy duty floor stand $50
Delta metal turning style compound rest to mount on wood lathe
Metal spinning tools- many pieces $100 for all
Various vessel hollowing tools, handles, and cutters
Wood Lathe and accessories
Big Oliver Model 25 lathe, 32″ swing, 7 foot length capacity, retrofitted variable frequency drive, weighs over 4000 pounds, $4500, includes massive shop built steady rest, straight and curved tool rests, face plates, and compound tool rest from its days as a pattern making lathe
VFD unit of TECO controller and big 1/2 Delta motor $100
I-Beam 16 feet long with 2 trolleys and 2 half ton chain hoists $500
Shop-made tailstock swing for Powermatic- $100
Grinding and Sharpening
8″ Delta grinder 3450 rpm, wheels extra $95
Shop made grinding jig similar to Wolverine $30
Grinder Lights- $5
4 X Norton 8″ SG grinding wheels $20 each and 6″ blue and pink wheels for HSS $10 each, Diamond and stone slips for gouges, various prices
Dust collection and air cleaning
2 hp Grizzly dust collector with Oneida cyclone and Oneida 10-bag system, remote control $950
lots of specialized collector piping and gates,
Dust collector rolling heavy-duty floor nozzle $12.50
Delta narrow belt sander, needs work, $15
Shop-Vac brand portable air cleaner. $50
Other Power Tools
12 speed floor model drill press, 5/8 chuck, 3/4 motor $225
Delta Unisaw table saw, 5 hp, $500, can be seen in Fargo
Trojan miter saw or planer stand with rollers- $100 ($200 new)
Antique planes and tools,
drawknife, 3 braces, 1 hand drill,
2 Yankee #30 screwdrivers,
Beautiful Howe 36# balance scale with pan and weights
Large antique peavey
Adze and large hand drill
Maple, Black ash burls of different sizes and
White oak sliced burl planks
25 elm and maple sliced large burl rounds- 28” – 12”
Many containers of small burl blanks of boxelder, black ash,
White pine column blanks, 8″ X 8 feet, 6″ X 4 feet
2 solid oak panels 24″ X 77″; 3 Oak veneer panels 39″x X 77″
Maple planks for turning blanks $20 each, Planks of Walnut, White pine and Basswood
Many turning books, DVD’s and tapes, etc. More info and prices soon on philholtan.com
Lead plates for lathe weight, market rate of $.25/lb.
New 2 gallon garden tank sprayers
7 steel posts $2 each, less for all
5 hydraulic jacks $5-10
What a great experience on Saturday! I love every one of my turning workshops, but this was one of the best. Will and his dad Mark came to my workshop for the second time. He had come as a 6 or 7 year-old and we had a great time turning R2D2, the Star Wars robot. But since then he has been turning at home and now at 9 years old, he is already a talented turner. In the weeks since I heard he was coming to my shop again I spent a lot of time wondering what projects we should do and finally, on the day of the workshop, as he told me what he had been doing with his lathe, it was clear that he could do what the grownups do- turn a natural-edged bowl.
So, you can see below the bowls that Will and his dad turned. Some parts of the turning are more difficult when you are 9 years old and don’t weigh very much, but all in all, he was able to do most of it very well. And the joy of it. He just grinned through the whole experience and was so proud of the bowl that he turned, starting with a log.
We had a good talk about safety. If he gets hurt, he probably won’t be able to continue turning, so it’s important to always wear his face mask, take good safety precautions like making sure the wood is very secure in the chuck or between centers, and taking it slow. That’s hard for a kid, or a grownup, to use good judgement. But Will has great support from his parents. His father Mark is supportive and he turned a bowl too, for himself but even more to be a good partner and safety adviser to Will. Will got a better lathe for Christmas (imagine, a second lathe and he’s only 9) with a good bench, grandma gave him a workshop with me and he turns on his lathe almost every day after school.
As he was leaving, we talked about how to continue to develop his turning. He’s already watching woodturning videos with his dad and catching Tim Yoder on cable TV. I suggested that he might enter some of his turning in the Minnesota State Fair competition, as some of my other young turners have done. He could attend a club meeting of the Twin Cities turning club. And sometime soon, he could attend an International Woodturners Symposium, maybe Kansas City in June of 2017. http://www.woodturner.org/
If you want to help a young person in your life learn to turn, call me at 701-261-6044 and let’s figure out how to get them a good start at turning. I think that my new 1 day workshop, accompanied by an adult, is the perfect way to get started. See my blog on turning workshops for 2016. Not all kids are ready to turn a bowl, yet, but we will carefully and safely get them started. Both the parent or grandparent and the kid will have a great time, like Will and his dad Mark.
I have been leading weekend and other workshops for woodturners for 32 years. I have worked with over 1600 turners in over 240 workshops, mostly two-day workshops with just three turners at a time. My regular workshops are offered from January to June. As I meet interested turners, I sometimes put together other workshops in the summer and fall, if I can fill a workshop with three turners.
2 Day Workshops- $325 2 days/3 turners
Beginning to intermediate turners
___ January 29-30 ___ Feb 12-13 ___Feb 26-27 ___March 4-5 ___March 11-12 ___April 1-2 ___April 8-9 ___April 29-30 ___May 13-14 ___May 27-28
1 Day Workshops/1-3 turners $150/day (see more about the 1-day workshops below)
___January 23 (1 day) ___Feb 6 (1 day) ___May 7 (1 day)
Please send me by email, the list of weekends you prefer with a 1, 2, 3 with your first preference as #1. I can let you know by phone or by email if there is space, however, you will not be confirmed in the workshop until I receive your check.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Housing and other information on my web site at philholtan.com After I hear from you, I will contact you soon to confirm dates. Questions? Call Phil at 218-346-3860 Mail deposit and registration to: Phil Holtan 43497 County Highway 53 Perham, MN 56573
This year for the first time I am offering more 1-day workshops. They are different from the 2-day:
- No more than 3 students at a time, who need to have at least intermediate skills or have made special arrangements. That means either having taken one of my workshops already or being quite experienced and skillful. I also do some workshops with parents or grandparents and a child or youth. We will design a program to fit you.
- Can be either Friday or Saturday of weekends that I specify, or extra weekdays by appointment.
- Students provide their own meals and their basic tools (unless you arrange beforehand to rent some)
- We can make specific goals– coring out multiple bowls, hollow vessels, sharpening, etc. ….
- Cost is $150 each person/day (7 hours)
- With less than 3 students, I work on my own projects too.
I built a new shop in 2007-2009 on my lake lot. It is in a very Norwegian style with 6 huge turned posts around two sides of the shop. It definitely looks like a turner’s shop.
Inside, I have tried to build a state of the art woodturner’s shop. It has two dust collector systems that will keep the air as clean as possible. It has lots of windows and space so we can be very comfortable with multiple turners at the same time. I am just now finishing a separate spray booth. I have both a retail store for my turnings as well as a variety of turning tools, chucks and supplies available for sale.
Hear what Participants say:
- “Just an absolutely great two days for me” – Duey M.
- “Excellent job-you really know your stuff and you teach it very well. Couldn’t be more pleased with what I learned and the bowl I produced.” – Bob R.
- “You’re a good teacher-a fun time.” – Al S.
- “Can’t believe time went by so fast; very informative, great hands on shop.” – Keith B.
You’ll work on one of several great lathes in my shop – a Powermatic 20-35 with a 20 inch swing, an Australian Woodfast bowl lathe with 20-inch swing, a swing-head Nova 3000 and a Nova 16-44, and a huge Oliver patternmaker’s lathe with a 32” swing and 8 foot bed. I have several full sets of tools, including the Stewart system for hollowing, the McNaughton system for coring multiple bowls, the Escoulen System for Off-center turning, the Beall buffing system and a variety of chucks. You will work with great lathes and sharp tools and experience turning at its very best.
If you have your own tools, you should bring them to learn to sharpen and use them, but you don’t need to bring anything.
Workshop Schedule for 2-day workshop.
Friday 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Orient lathes, tools and safety
- Sharpening, begin spindle turning skills
- Roughing blanks
- “Taming of the skew”
- Coves and beads with gouge, beading tool, and skew chisel
- “Keep it sharp” and “Ride the bevel” will ring in your ears
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Review spindle turning
- Bowl turning with bowl gouges
- Go from green wood to bowl blanks
- Practice first and then turn your first bowl
- Learn to harvest, dry and use green logs
- Design, chucking, and tool handling
- Sanding and finishing
Tool list for 1-day workshops unless you arrange beforehand
Full face mask
Gouge slip sharpening stone, fine grade, stone or diamond is OK
Turning tools: High Speed steel is strongly preferred
3/8 inch Bowl gouge, ½ and ¼ optional
Half round bowl scraper, ¾ or 1 inch wide
Right-skewed scraper, around 1 inch wide
Large spindle roughing gouge or ¾ spindle gouge for roughing out spindles
¾ inch skew chisel, better yet, ½ and one inch
3/8 and ½ inch spindle gouges, preferably ground from HSS round stock
Parting tool, 1/8 or 3/16 is OK
Thanks to OTC, a neat little magazine in Otter Tail County, Minnesota where I live. They published a cover article in their Spring 2015 issue called “Phil Holtan: A Wood Turner’s Journey.” Thanks to Kate Bruns the writer and Di Peterson the photographer and publisher for such a nice piece. The photos are from the Phelps Mill Festival in July 2014, a very favorite art show to me and my family. I have been demonstrating at that show for over 25 years and we love it. Thanks.
Of all the elements, it is happiest in our houses.
It will sit with us, eat with us, lie down
and hold our books (themselves a rustling woods),
bearing our floors and roofs without weariness,
for unlike us it does not resent its faithfulness
or question why, for what, how long?
from “Essay on Wood” in The New Yorker (June 9 & 16, 2014)