When I was turning last year, I followed the Peter Galbert's Chair Notes blog closely, but I have since stopped.
Tonight I started surfing Youtube for some turning videos, and discovered that Peter Galbert has a great set of videos on YouTube. He has a series on constructing a 3-legged perch, which is similar in some ways to the stools I'm constructing. Now that I've watched the videos, I'll have to read the blog.
The turning videos are excellent, and very informative to a primarily self-taught turner like me. He's completing a leg in under 10 minutes: extremely quickly, from my perspective. Clearly I need to do a lot more spindle turning...
On the other hand, maybe this is like riding a bicycle: do I dislike it so much that I really need to shave a few minutes off my time? If I enjoy it, why bother going quickly?
I guess the real answer for me is: I'm not doing this to pay the bills. Extending the time it takes to complete a chair professionally reduces your hourly pay rate. But for me, extending the time it takes to complete a project decreases the cost per hour of my hobby. That's not so bad, as long as I have a chair to keep my rear off the floor in the mean time.
So I guess the important part for me is to concentrate on minimizing mistakes, so I don't waste material or disappoint myself too often.
And, oh yes: Peter's chairs are beautiful. He's well versed in the traditional Windsor chair styles, and also builds some very innovative chairs of his own design.
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