Woodcraft Supply announced Bradley Duckett and his wife, Laura, as grand prize winners in the "Win with NOVA" sweepstakes.
Duckett, a customer at the Knoxville, Tenn., Woodcraft store, and his wife were flown to Stavanger, Norway, where they boarded a cruise with woodturning demonstrations and instruction by well-known woodturners.
“There are no formal woodturning classes. What we did was hook up with one of the demonstrators and work one-on-one with them,” Duckett explained. “I worked with Nick Agar on a really cool textured bowl. He showed me fantastic techniques. It was the first colored bowl I’ve ever done, and I really liked the process. And Nick was very patient with me.”
A software engineer for Scripps Networks, Duckett has been seriously pursuing woodturning in his leisure time for about three years and is a member of the Smokey Mountain Woodturners and East Tennessee Woodworkers clubs.
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Q: I have just received some glued-up oak panels that we will be using for tabletops. One of our people noticed that the ends of the panels have developed some cracks and more cracks are showing up every 10 minutes it seems. Most of the cracks are at the glue joint at the end of the panels. The supplier says that our shop is too dry (25 percent to 30 percent RH is what we measure now during the wintertime). My people just checked the MC of many panels, including some that have yet to be unstacked and unwrapped; they are getting some readings as high as 10 percent MC (after correcting for temperature), with a lot over 8 percent MC too. We need an outside person to give us an accurate evaluation.
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