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    Los Osos, CA - a pile o' damp sand
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    Pizza, swimming, cycling, reading, puttering ...and ceramics

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  1. "So the pool´╗┐.." aaah, got exited there for a few seconds! Hulk was a swimmer (still hittin' the pool two or three times a week) back in th'day. Ahem, I'm with you Pres; water, and cleaner water, then cloth rag/towel when dry hand is necessary. I do use the cute little round sponge, however, the Hulk size sponge gets a lot more use, for cleaning hands, wheel, tools, bats, etc., and pieces cut from Hulk size sponge (search "grout sponge") see more use on pots (thanks Bill VG for purpose cut shape idea). The towel comes in handy when something needs dry right now - typically hands or bat, most else can take its time drying up. From there, I'm pouring off the clear water and settling the clay for reclaim. The clay-y clothes, rags, apron, etc. get two soak and rinse cycles before laundry, also with you there Pres. I use paper towels to clean my bike, blot water drops off my glasses after soap and water wash, then re-use them to wipe up bird crap. That's Jack, admiring brand new wheel (last Fall). Years in the trades almost cured me o'wipin'me hands on trouser legs ...almost.
  2. Hulk

    New Skutt wheel issues

    Thanks for the update! Perhaps a spot of silicone grease in the brusholder would help? Sounds like my Skutt's belts are the making most of the noise, which has isn't terribly loud, comparing to the Brents at the Junior College, about the same. Mark, thanks for the tip on the noise suppressor! I'm not getting FM noise now - weird, was getting intermittent racket from the lighting fixture as well.
  3. Thanks for the utube! I'm'a' practice on a plastic tumbler...
  4. Takes me a bit of fiddling to center for trimming as well - looking to try using a Charles (stealing from Bill VG - a chuck) to speed things up some, however, the chuck would make sense when there are many similar/same items lined up to trim. I start by eyeballing, then use pointer tool to mark the runout and eyeball the gap on t'other side, stop, move half the gap, repeat. Eventually we'll learn to tap to center?
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    The Act of Pugging

    Some pundits point out that wet clay bits thrown in water don't turn to mush very fast, whilst dried bits do, hence advice - allow bits, scraps, chunks, and baddies (bad pot!) to thoroughly dry before slaking, which I'm doing now. All the slop goes in there as well, including what's at the bottom of the bucket after standing for a while (doesn't take long for all the particles to settle, leaving clear water on top), can't see putting clay down the drain generally, nor particularly, as we're on septic. When the bucket's full, the big drill with mortar mix attachment gets it homogeneous quickly enough, then it's wait until dry enough to work with again. I'm no expert though - will get back after some years! ...curious about the aging idea, my scraps were soaking several weeks before being mixed and then it took a few weeks to dry them out as well. I get less plastic as time goes by, hmmm, maybe spend more time in the pool? Now I've an idea how much doesn't end up in finished pieces, I'll be taking home my scraps from next semester's Wheel II class...
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    New Skutt wheel issues

    Sounds 'bout the same as my Skutt, however, there's an additional layer of yeck sound kicks in ~:05-:10 and again later as you come off the gas. I've put a few hours on mine since bringing it home; just noticed that clockwise (how I throw) is quieter than cclockwise now, where was about the same initially. My garage boombox picks up some e noise from the Skutt when tuned to public radio tho' arrg! Is my Skutt a closeminded nonprogressive?
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    I'm liking the Skutt built in pan just fine. Although the removable pans (I've only used Brents, at the local JC) allow carry and dump, there are many nooks and crannies, leakage, etc. - I find it takes longer clean it up squeaky. The built in is smooth and easy to clean. At home my reclaim container is right next to the wheel anyway, scoop, dump, done. I use a large sponge that's cut to push through the sides below the wheel head. If choosing, I'd go with the built-in. The Skutt pan is heavy cast metal (aluminum, methinks); it's not moving anywhere. It occurred to me t'other day that catching one's hand/arm between the rotating wheel head and the pan - on the left side for counterclockwise throwers - could be very bad indeed! I wouldn't provide a fixed pan wheel for students. Don't create a scenario where a combination of things + body parts are anywhere near the pinch point, just sayin'
  8. We used evaporative cooling extensively in northern CA - Sacramento Valley and nearby foothills - where temps occasionally reach 110F+ and will hover 90-100F for weeks. That said, 20%+ humidity was a "wet" day, and even so, evap just takes the edge off - drops the temp some 10 or more degrees... When it's cooling off at night (not always), we found the main benefit in flushing the house in the evening and early morning, then shutting up the house to keep the heat out. ...which brings up insulation. Is the garage insulated at all? An insulated garage door is better than a skin of sheet metal, but not by much, and the backside of your roof sheathing will simply bake; is the overhead dropped and insulated? Are the walls insulated? My guess would be that 500 sq. feet that 10k btu doesn't touch isn't insulated; looks like you'll be cold in the winter, hmm. Right now your humidity is 39%, hence a wet breeze would feel pretty good, ya.
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    What are the pitfalls?

    As an experienced beginner (five months!), I've gone to about half an inch, which is later trimmed out to leave a foot ring - just enough to grasp from the inside to dip all the way w/o fingermarks ...maybe. If throwing off the wheelhead or da hump, more clay makes is easier to move without distorting the vessel. I also enjoy trimming.
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    Not Simon Leach

    YouTube! "What a fascinating modern age we live in." -Captain Jack Aubrey from "Master and Commander" screenplay, pondering the Acheron's hull (wood sailing ship) design. Since becoming fascinated with the clay, my typical week includes watching several YouTube clips: I like the Goldmark ones, Hsinchuen Lin, Bill VG, many many others. Each does some things slightly different. I'm still very much in a "learn by making mistakes" phase; I circle back to YouTube to see how the masters are avoiding the mistake(s) I just made. Seeing new (to me) things to try is big; I'm working on emulating Mr. Lin's hacksaw blade chattering tool results. The wheel has be moving, and the clay leathery-ness juuuust right. I find DirtyPotter easy enough to listen to, and picked up a few things from him well. I like his perspective on wedging; between the lines, what I'm hearing is, if you don't notice the difference, then don't wedge, just use right out of the bag. He's not my fave, on the other hand, I don't mute him either. Like many, he points out there's more than one "way" - he shows his way. ooooh, thanks for the link! Carry on!
  11. Good question (for any/every thing). Forty-three years ago, starting post-secondary at the local Junior Collage, hand building was a pre-req for Wheel I - I wanted to try throwing, finally got a round tuit (my Mom had one; now it's in a drawer here somewhere...) ...and, fate, at the same local Junior Collage. Last day of the semester is next week. We found me a lightly used wheel; it's in the garage, and being used more now. We also found a heavily used kiln, which may be ready to fire about the time there's enough stuff to fill't'up. The woman selling the kiln was planning to go to something smaller, as the back acts up on account o' the heavy shelves, etc. (methink she also deserves a nice new one with electronic contortion). She said she was introduced to clay thirty-eight years ago, "...and it changed my life." lol, yeah. I'm really enjoying it! Why? It's more than finding something to be absorbed in and passionate about. It's more than replacing work (sshh, don't tell'm I fquit sometime between tomorrow and this time next year, shush!). It's more than the peace and joy of doing, more than producing functional and beautiful (err, less ugly?) things. ...don't know what exactly the "more" is; perhaps it doesn't matter.
  12. Teri lent me her copy; there's some good stuff'n'thar!
  13. Tape measure ...walking... Measurements taken at the lip of cast built-in splash pan in inches 21 13/16" high 26 9/16" the long way across the top 20 5/8" wide on the fat end (tool end ) 17 1/2" wide on the wheel end The leg extensions are not installed; the built in legs have just the plastic caps on them. I've less than thirty hours on it, and keep forgetting to check level. The 100 tips book depicts using threaded pvc fittings on the leg ends to level, cool idea. Let me know if you're looking for any other info Armand, it's a short walk to the garage! ...where I'm headed now, looks like a nice morning for a long bike ride.
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    Pottery Stools, what do you use?

    I'm finding that sitting lower is better for me, however, have to sit higher, closer and leaning in to center. A plastic milk crate, upside down (with a folded towel on it for paddin') is about right, and on its side, tilted forward is good to get centered. Once - if ever - dialed, maybe a fancier solution will evolve. Can't beat sittin' onna terlet tho'!
  15. eben medium-end road bikes (just put good wheels and tires on'm - it's all about th' wheels an' tires) ...hmmm, time to get a ride in!

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