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About liambesaw

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  1. I agree, but sometimes people act like this skill was handed to you. Everyone has something they "nerd out" over, so I try to explain it that way. You know how you nerd out over game of thrones and want to know every and anything about it and the actors and the books and you have a map of westeros in your living room? Well I'm that way with clay, it doesn't just happen, I just happened to nerd out over something that produces an end result. I don't believe people are born with anything, but I do believe that every decision after birth opens windows that lead to an eventual talent. And by very slightly offensive I meant it, I know what people mean by "oh wow, you're so talented" (not something I hear lol), but i do think it's important to differentiate between talent and skill because they are two very different philosophies. People think if they're not "born with it" that they'll never be good. This is dangerous thinking that is a self-imposed psychological limit. Don't confuse talent and skill, even talented people have to work to gain skill. It could be that they've laid some of that work earlier in life in some unrelated activity, but the work was still there. Anyway, I'm just waxing poetic here now, we essentially agree about everything at a base level.
  2. Love AvE, lol. But his reviews are highly critical. Even tools he likes he will criticize to a point where you don't think he likes them. But he is hilarious and will take apart just about everything so very useful. Not for the emotionally sensitive though.
  3. I do think it's very slightly offensive to call someone talented if they've put in a lot of work to get to the point they are. It's like saying oh you're so lucky you were blessed with these skills, when really you worked at developing the skills the good ole fashioned way. Ya know, trial and error, success and failure. Some people just see the lesson in the disappointment better.
  4. I grind my wash off if it starts flaking or if I get a glaze drip and redo the kiln wash. I use mullite shelves.
  5. Harbor freight disposable angle grinder for shelves. As Neil said, the dust absolutely makes short work of the bearings, switches and motor. At 15 dollars you can buy a new one every year and still be ahead over the cost of a nice one. Look, on sale for 12 bucks and there's a 20% off coupon too lol. https://www.harborfreight.com/4-12-in-43-Amp-Angle-Grinder-69645.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiMjc1MTE5MjYiLCJza3UiOiI2OTY0NSIsImlzIjoiMTEuOTkiLCJwcm9kdWN0X2lk IjoiOTA0OCJ9
  6. The company still exists, perhaps you could call them or visit and ask for an operating manual or directions?
  7. I love my Skutt, I even have the cheapest one and it's amazing.
  8. Stoneware has plenty a nice ring for wind chimes. I have several on my back porch, bells too
  9. I liked the whisper, all the Brent's and all of the skutt/ts wheels I tried. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these 1000-1500 wheels.
  10. They've actually changed to DC motors with a controller now. The old AC ring cone drive is a goner and they no longer make or sell replacement motors for them. So basically if the motor goes, it's fairly toast due to the way they're driven, it's not just a simple motor swap for a different brand. And 2500 new, you gotta be kidding me, you can get one of their fancy new DC motor RK-whispers for less than 1100 shipped to your door and their most expensive model is 1200.
  11. NiChrome wire withstands temperatures of the kiln kinda. It still turns black or gray. I am guessing pieces are assembled after firing with epoxy on bigger stuff.
  12. If it works well, I'd say 250-300. They don't make replacement parts anymore so it won't be serviceable forever.
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