Alan Stirt: Woodturner, Artist and Teacher

TOOLS AND DVDS

I shape and sharpen each tool to be exactly like my own tools.
Tools are supplied unhandled.

1" Shear Scraper

I use this shear scraper to smooth the outsides of bowls and platters and the insides of shallow platters.

I reshape a scraper made by Doug Thompson of A-11 cryogenically treated tool steel. I round the edge that will slide on the tool rest and I shape the front edge. The steel will take a wonderful bur with a few strokes of a diamond hone. Each of my videos shows how I sharpen and use this tool. It is relatively expensive but is well worth the price.

Specifications: width - 1"; blade length - 6 1/4"; thickness - 5/16".

It is supplied unhandled.The cost is $80.00 plus shipping.

1/2" Diamond Point

I use this tool to turn precise, clean lines on faceplate work. I also use it as a small shear scraper to clean up the area near the foot of bowls. It's useful on any area that needs a small, clean-cutting tool.

Like the 1" shear scraper it is made from Doug Thompson's A-11 cryogenically treated tool steel.

Specifications: width - 1/2"; blade length - 6 1/4"; thickness - 5/16".

It is supplied unhandled.The cost is $60.00 plus shipping.

 

1/2" Round Nose

I use the 1/2" round nose shear scraper primarily to cut shallow coves on faceplate work. If sharpened and used correctly, it leaves a finish that doesn't need sanding. I generally use some maroon Scotch-Brite to smooth out the surfaces created with this tool.

Like the 1" shear scraper it is made from Doug Thompson's A-11 cryogenically treated tool steel.

Specifications: width - 1/2"; blade length - 6 1/4"; thickness - 5/16".

It is supplied unhandled.The cost is $60.00 plus shipping.

square platter dvd

My second DVD, Turning and Carving the Square Platter, shows all the steps for making one of my carved rectangular platters. It covers cutting the blank; shaping and sharpening tools; turning and texturing a rectangular piece on the lathe; and laying out, carving, and coloring patterns. The DVD also highlights how to use rotary tools and milk paint to create unique patterns and textures
Running time: 2 hours.

Price: $34.00 (includes postage to a U.S. address)

 

open bowl dvd

My first DVD, Open Bowl Turning/Balancing the Grain , shows all the steps for making an open bowl, from the log to the finished piece. It covers cutting wood from the log, tool shapes and sharpening, roughing out green wood, finish turning dry wood, vauum chucking and finishing. It also includes a detailed illustration of my grain balancing techniques, which I use to get the best grain pattern I can from relatively plain wood.
Running time: 2 hours

Price: $34.00 (includes postage to a U.S. address)

 

 

Order both DVDs for $60.00 (includes postage to a U.S. address)

If you wish to order tools or DVDs, please email me. I'm on the road quite a bit, so it might be a while before I get back to you. I'll let you know the total cost and you can send a check or I can email an invoice through PayPal so you can pay with a credit or debit card.

Shipping from 1 to 5 turning tools is $10.00 to anywhere in the U.S.

DVD shipping to the U.S. is included in the price.

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