The second day of class went well

January 23, 2013

The second day of class went well

Today we held the second of two days of the class to teach our blind students how to turn. We tried the Easywood tools in the morning. After that the students worked on projects. They all tried out honey dippers for the first project. For the most part, everyone made a honey dipper. We then broke for lunch. During our break we continued our discussions about everything in general. We then tried a second project after lunch. This time the project was a spurtle. The spurtle is an ancient Scottish stirring stick. This went well for some and not so well for others.

Overall the two days was a success. The students learned a lot and wanted to keep going. I will take the information we gained from the sessions and add some comments to the manual.


The second day of class went well

January 23, 2013

The second day of class went well

Today we held the second of two days of the class to teach our blind students how to turn. We tried the Easywood tools in the morning. After that the students worked on projects. They all tried out honey dippers for the first project. For the most part, everyone made a honey dipper. We then broke for lunch. During our break we continued our discussions about everything in general. We then tried a second project after lunch. This time the project was a spurtle. The spurtle is an ancient Scottish stirring stick. This went well for some and not so well for others.

Overall the two days was a success. The students learned a lot and wanted to keep going. I will take the information we gained from the sessions and add some comments to the manual.


First day of class

January 22, 2013

First day of class

Today we held the first of a two day class. We had four blind students along with four turners and myself. We were able to work with each student. All went well. no lack of excitement. We took a couple breaks from the turning. Each time we started to talk, there was more insight for everyone on the thoughts of being blind. I think everyone was learning something.

Tomorrow we are back to class. We will actually try to turn something for each student to take home.


Third visit to St. Paul

January 21, 2013

Third visit to St. Paul

On Sunday January 20 I traveled back to St. Paul for my third and final visit for the Accessible lathe program. The flight was uneventful. The tempeture was a vit colder than when I visited in October. The high on Sunday was around 10 degrees. During the evening it has dropped down to minus 10 or so. Glad I brought my heavey winter coat.

During the afternoon of my arrival Linda, Tom, and I had lunch and then picked up some food for the class to start on Monday. We are expecting 4 students now. One student had declined the invitation to the class.

During the next two days we are going to run a regular woodturning class. The students are all new to turning and are blind. We will be checking out some of the techniques and assumptions we have made about teaching and adapting woodturning for those who are blind. We will have two local woodturners, Jim Sanerud, the local professional turner, and Linda Ferber.

We shall see how it goes.


Today we finished up the filming

October 24, 2012

Today we finished up the filming

Today we went back to the AAW headquarters in the Museum of wood art to film some interviews. The interviews were conducted with myself first. Jim Sannerud, then it was Linda Ferber’s turn.

My interview was about my experiences and thoughts about the accessible lathe program. Jim started by blindfolding himself and turning a dibble. A dibble is a bulb planting tool. After he turned, he reviewed some of his thoughts on the differences between turning and teaching with sighted and blind students. Experiences like not being able to go to a white board and drawing pictures of different types of cuts. He needed to ground himself at the lathe so he would not lose contact with his reference point. There were a few more items like this.

The final interview was conducted with Linda. She mostly talked about the AAW and the reasons for the program.

Phil McDonald, the executive director did start the day off with a safety voiceover. It is all about being safe while having fun.

We wrapped up a little after noon then went to lunch. After lunch I was able to visit the museum of pianos that is next to the wood art museum. I even had a chance to listen to a live chamber orchestra for a few minutes. I touched and made sounds on every piano in the place. There were pianos dating from the 1400’s to the 1800’s. It was fun and informative as well.

Tomorrow I head back to Columbus. I need to update the manual with a couple items like the demensions and detailed instructions on using the grinder. I also need to put in demensions for the work station.

All the accessible lathe items like the grinder and the work bench are now located in the wood art museum for everyone to see.

Looks like we got a lot of our goals completed for this visit. Next stop is January in St. Paul. Does not get any better than a winter in St. Paul.


A day of filming and pictures

October 24, 2012

A day of filming and pictures

Yesterday we spent the day filming and taking more pictues. As we are putting together the accessible lathe program for people with visual disabilities, we all participated in the filming.

At the beginning of the day over bagels and tea we chatted about what was to be filmed and possible order of events. From the day before all the lights and cameras were setup. Now it was time to go to work. The start was a shot of me turning in front of a pretend audience. As I completed the first demonstration I would take my cane and walk off the set. It seemed that for every scene we would do it twice. Sometimes the words and descriptions would be a little off. There was one time I kept calling the roughing gouge a bowl gouge. Hopefully this will be taken care of during the editing process.

As the day went on we picked off each of our items to be covered. We covered turning, sharpening, safety, and testimonials from the local turners Gary and Bruce.

Between each scene there was setup and moving cameras and lighting. For all the wood shavings and equipment, it seemed like the day went smoothly.

The only thing remaining to do is to go back to the AAW office for some more interviews and testimonials. Should be an interesting day.

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Getting ready for filming

October 23, 2012

Getting ready for filming

Yesterday we spent most of the day in Jim’s shop walking through the storyboard for the video. The video will be showing the program as well as working to introduce turning for those who have a visual disability

There was a lot of setup as well. The lighting and stands for the movie cameras were built.

We ended the day with me turning and walking through some of the possible questions and answers we would use during the video. Our video person, Bill was getting a lot of information on turning. He probably is getting more info than he thought.

More to come today with the video sessions.

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