Nipponized Newbie Turner
I am a US expatriate living in Japan. Although I'm not new to woodworking, I am new to many aspects of it, including my newest hobby, turning. I've never had space for a lot of heavy tools but I was able to bring my 25 year old Shopsmith with me. It wouldn't surprise me if it were the only such device in Japan. Say what you will about them, they do fit five full-sized tools into the space of one, which is perfect for a situation like mine. Mine has helped me build everything from bookshelves to jewelry boxes over the years but due to fear of raising a cloud of indelible, unhealthy sawdust inside my tiny rented house I have never tried the lathe. That is, not until I moved into a new house with an outdoor shed that I can use for a woodshop. So now I am trying to teach myself how to turn using little more than what I read online for advice and inspiration. I'll be asking a lot of dumb questions of you all, I hope you don't mind. As they say in this country, yoroshiku onegaishimasu!