Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MWA Afternoon Special Edition 2 - Jeremy Morgan

This passed weekend +Jeremy Morgan was kind enough to stop by my shop. We sat down and I grilled him on the 5 questions.

You can here Jeremy's answers on the MWA Podcast Feed here:

Or you can try it our on Sound Cloud Here:

Or you can listen to the Audio on YouTube here, if that's easier for you:

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his Google+ Feed at

and his twitter stream at

He's well worth following wherever you can.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

MWA Podcast Episode #72 - Zac Higgins

What’s in the shop?
  • Chris
  • Dyami
    • Dave’s Trophy
  • Tom
    • Dealing with tear out on the hope chest lid
  • Zac
    • Resin

Goings on in the MWA
  • Woodworkers Safety Day
    • Sometime in May
    • Don’t hurt yourself while we figure it out
      • Chisels Send Zac to the Hospital
      • Hedge Trimmers send Tom to the Hospital
      • Routers send Dyami to the Hospital
    • May 14-17
    • weekendwithwood.com
    • At Wood Magazine HQ
    • Sold Out
    • September 25-27
    • Kansas City
    • Not Sold Out . . . yet

Main topic
  • Zac Higgins
  • Zac it known for turning pens
    • How’d he get into that?
      • Wanted to take his Dad to a turning class, and the school insisted that he began with turning pens
      • Zac got into furniture making when appraisals went bad
      • His business turned to small craft size items that could be shipped
      • Pens fit right into it
      • Zac makes custom pen blanks from resin
        • Zac uses Alumilite Polyurethane Resin
          • it’s softer
          • turn it at as high a speed as your lathe will go
          • Wood turns faster than acrylic
        • Pinecone Pen Blanks
  • Sage Brush is a local favorites
  • New Weekly YouTube updates. How are they going?
    • It’s been amazing

5 Questions
  • How did you get into woodworking?
    • Wanted to make office furniture
  • What’s your favorite tool?
    • Lathe
    • SawStop Table Saw
  • Who has influenced you the most?
    • Marc Spagnuolo . . . oh, and Matt. He did do it first.
  • What was your biggest stumbling block?
    • Impatience
  • How has the internet influenced your work?
    • Greatly. So much information. He wonders what it was like before that.
    • It made him the woodworker he is

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