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« on: May 14, 2010 01:12:26 AM »

I've finally got a job and, with the paycheck I got last night, I'll have enough money to afford a brand spanking new Ashford Kiwi. Got a couple questions, since I'm not going to be able to really buy it until Monday or so.

Should I spend the extra $105 to have it finished, or should I finish it myself? My concern here is that I'm going to screw it up somehow, but it might also be fun to do. Is it difficult? Will I mess up my wheel if I'm not the best at finishing it? And would it be worth the extra hundred to be able to play with it more quickly?

So excited!
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010 12:06:09 PM »

I can't really answer your question, b/c I don't have a Kiwi.  What if you finished it with tung oil?  I think that's how my Fricke is finished -- I wonder if that'd be quicker than staining and varnishing.

Anyway -- just wanted to say I'm so excited for you!!!  Buying a wheel is so fun!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010 04:46:24 PM »

I say get it unfinished. Finishing it yourself is really not that difficult, so IMO I think that you'd be wasting a hundred bucks. If you're unsure, talk to someone at your hardware store and they can give you some pointers! Plus, if you wanted to...you could stain it a funky color. Tongue totally fun.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010 10:39:41 AM »

EE! I just ordered it! I can't wait till it gets here! Thanks for all your advice, everybody. <3
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2010 01:20:38 PM »

EE! I just ordered it! I can't wait till it gets here! Thanks for all your advice, everybody. <3

oooh, if you're going to stain it, PLEASE post photos. i'm dying to see how that turns out!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010 04:23:24 PM »

Do you have it yet KRJ??  inquiring minds want to know (and see)
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010 08:17:24 AM »

I've got it! I haven't stained it, and because of work (eww!) I haven't gotten to play with it nearly as much as I want. (Stupid work. It's also why I've been curiously absent.) But I have some skeins spun up and I'm going to post pics of them and the wheel when I get a chance. ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010 08:49:29 AM »

Yippeeee!!!!!!!!!!  Can't wait to see pics!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010 10:39:50 AM »

Yay for you! The last time I was online you were still on a spindle. It's so exciting when other people get new wheels. Cruising the fiber boards has me totally inspired. I must pull out my wheel.
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