What's On Your Workbench -June

Eric Patterson

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Just finished the Oliver 159 patternmaker lathe. Need to order some tooling to test it out. I think I have one cutter Dave McCann made me. I'll give it a try this week. Years ago when I was turning duck calls the precision needed for the 5/8" inserts drove me batty. The accuracy of this lathe makes that a thing of the past. IMG_6375.jpeg

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Wow, that looks great Eric. Green is appropriate as I'm Jelly as heck right now!

A few decoy urn fresh of the bench and to the meadow for pics. They always look so much nicer in natural lighting.
 

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Thanks Jode. The paintwork on your recent birds has been blowing me away. Not sure if you are doing anything different, but they have been grabbing my eye.
 
Just finished the Oliver 159 patternmaker lathe. Need to order some tooling to test it out. I think I have one cutter Dave McCann made me. I'll give it a try this week. Years ago when I was turning duck calls the precision needed for the 5/8" inserts drove me batty. The accuracy of this lathe makes that a thing of the past.
Eric,
I see great things in your future.
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Thanks Jode. The paintwork on your recent birds has been blowing me away. Not sure if you are doing anything different, but they have been grabbing my eye.
Thanks Eric. Not much different, just trying to simplify yet deepen the colors at the same time if that makes sense!
 
Dave

600 rpms is the low end and probably would send meat flying. Did your company throw a BBQ for your retirement? Does your wife know you had a pinup? 🤣
 
Dave

600 rpms is the low end and probably would send meat flying. Can you adda a VFD? :p

Did your company throw a BBQ for your retirement? NO

Does your wife know you had a pinup? 🤣 Probably :cool: Actually at one point in time, these were indeed prevalent throughout the shop. Then one day a meeting was called, and all such items had to be removed or kept undercover of individual personally owned tool boxes.
 
Aside from a sea duck repaint, I'm pretty sure I haven't posted here regarding decoys. I'll simply leave the carving to the talented ones, but after Pearl passed I felt that I owed her to at least try to do a decoy urn. The wood is from a pine tree that came from my land, the tools used included a chain saw, a reciprocating saw, a grinder with various attachments, a sander and a few wood chisels I had laying around. This is where I'm at. It is more of a decoy time capsule as it contains all of Pearl's ashes, her collar, her favorite toy and her favorite snack. Will it float....I'm unsure at this point, but it will hunt with Quill and me on our first hunt together this fall, be it on the water or a shore decoy. The paint scheme will be a drake black duck for now. Pear decoy1.jpgpearl decoy2.jpg
 
Beautiful again this month by everyone
Jode beautiful job on the urns!
Here's what's on my bench, decoys, decoyshaves and my second attempt at painting.
 

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Couple of birds finished and leaving. Both cork birds. Can is a desk piece and mallard urn for a friend.
 

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Just finished the Oliver 159 patternmaker lathe. Need to order some tooling to test it out. I think I have one cutter Dave McCann made me. I'll give it a try this week. Years ago when I was turning duck calls the precision needed for the 5/8" inserts drove me batty. The accuracy of this lathe makes that a thing of the past. View attachment 55922

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I know right where it was made . Foot print is still there on Clancy street in GR. There are some Oliver machines in the public museum, and they stayed afloat after the woodworking machinery need slowed down by creating a unique bread slicing machine that some of the smaller commercial places around here still use .
Just finished the Oliver 159 patternmaker lathe. Need to order some tooling to test it out. I think I have one cutter Dave McCann made me. I'll give it a try this week. Years ago when I was turning duck calls the precision needed for the 5/8" inserts drove me batty. The accuracy of this lathe makes that a thing of the past. View attachment 55922

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Brian

Take a picture of the factory the next time you pass by it. I know one of the larger buildings burned a few years back.
 
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