NAME: Keith E. Burns
5’-9” …. But I’m 6’-2” if I stretch myself with Photoshop, 180#, equal parts of blonde hair and flesh tones.
Born and raised in Gardner, Kansas, a very small town near Kansas City. My wife and I moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1971 and to Collierville, Tennessee in 1985. Was a small town when I moved there, about 10,000 people, Current population over 40,000. Just can’t seem to keep people from following me. Yeah, right !
I first met my wife, Judi in the 4th grade. Told her in the 9th grade she was going to marry me. 12th grade we dated and we were married when we were 19. Wouldn’t trade a minute of it. She has always been my best friend and supporter. We have a son Brian who lives in town and has two sons. Our daughter Courtney lives in Colorado Springs and has five sons. Yep, I have 7 Grandsons and the oldest will be 7 in July. Next year I may start a Turning School. Our newest member of the family is a Tiny Toy Poodle that my wife named ToTo. Fully grown she shouldn’t exceed 5 pounds. Going to make a great shop dog, don’t ‘ya think?
I have been designing and selling Industrial dust Collection Systems mainly to the Furniture, Cabinet, Flooring and lumber industries for about 30 years. Started my working life as a draftsman.
Jet 3HP cabinet saw, Delta 13” planner, Grizzly 6” jointer, Delta 16” scroll saw, Grizzly mortiser, Delta 108” oscillating edge sander, 3-1/2 HP router table, Delta Boss spindle sander, Ryobi 16” drum sander, Woodcraft 8”slow speed grinder with Wolverine, Delta 12” disc Sander, Delta 14” 1 HP band saw with riser, Delta 16” drill press, Rockwell Delta 46-450 variable speed lathe, Delta midi lathe, 13” Color TV with VCR, lounge chair (don’t tell my wife) and the normal selection of other stuff.
HOW MANY LATHES
My Rockwell Delta 46-450, 12” lathe is my main lathe. I bought it on ebay but had to pick it up in Colorado Springs. Made a good excuse to go see my daughter and her family. Brought it home and refurbished it. It is a great heavy duty (about 500 lbs.) machine with variable speed. Just put a vacuum pump on it which is a great addition. My Delta Midi has been delegated to the Beall 3 buff system which works great.
HOW MANY TURNING TOOLS
I think I have 33 or so. As I am still looking for the perfect tool, I’ll probably have 35 by the end of the month.
I had my shop built about 6 years ago. It is 20’ x 24’ (wish it was bigger) with some attic storage. It is insulated with a window a/c unit and electric heaters so I can work year round. Spend most evenings and weekends here.
HOW LONG TURNING
I think I started about 12 years ago. Then quit for a number of years. Started seriously back about 6 years ago when I saw my first Ray Allen Segmented piece. Been at it pretty much full time since.
WHAT GOT ME INTO TURNING
Saw a Ray Allen piece and said “Hey, I can do that”, and have been trying ever since.
WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT TURNING
I guess it is probably the same for all of us, the creative aspect. Along with that being able to basically create something from start to finish with one machine, well in my case it takes 3 or 4 machines.
FAVORITE FORM I TURN
Probably segmented hollow forms although, if it’s round I enjoy turning it.
FAVORITE FORM SOMEONE ELSE TURNS
I really appreciate all of the forms that others turn. I am always amazed at the variety of work and the skill of the turners here on SMC. I enjoy watching a new turner develop into a skilled turner sometimes with the speed of light. I continually look at the work displayed here and think to myself “man I wish I was that good” or “man I wish I could do that”. This interview is kind of like the Oscar acceptance speeches to me. If I started mentioning all of your names they would have to get the hook to stop me.
If I had to pick one it would be Walnut. Why, I don’t know, I just like it.
MET ANY CREEKERS
Not yet, but Lord willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, I will soon.
MY OWN FAVORITE PIECE I’VE TURNED
It is generally the last thing I turned which is my Kingwood HF. (photo below). The most important thing in turning to me is the form of a piece. On this HF I think I achieved my “best” form to date. Notice I didn’t say it was perfect. I will probably never have a perfect piece.
WHAT DO I WANT TO TURN IN THE FUTURE
So many things. I want to do some NE. I want to turn some green wood. I want to try some wood burning. I want to try piercing. So much to learn, so little time.
WHAT BROUGHT ME TO SMC
I ran across another forum about 10 months ago but didn’t care for it. While viewing that forum someone mentioned SMC so I took a look see. I lurked here for awhile trying to get a feel for the people and was hooked. I don’t post there anymore as SMC is my home base now.
Honey-Baby-Sweetie Pie when my wife wants something, but mostly xxh%6@ or 8&%%#@ to everyone else.
IF I WERE A TREE WHAT TREE WOULD I BE
How about a Banyan tree? After all, they do have a long lifetime. Plus, they get to take up as much space as they want. One in Hawaii covers 2/3 of an acre. The largest in the world measures 1,378 feet across. My second choice would be Fruitwood. What else would you expect from someone who would turn a Thong???