Welcome To Carl Jacobson’s WorldComments (4)
Welcome To Carl Jacobson’s World
“My grandfather was a woodworker, and I was always out in the shop with him,” shared Carl. “He taught me all of the basics. That’s how I got started and got the woodworking bug. Later, as an adult, I discovered that I had a passion for woodturning.”
This Maple and Walnut urn made by Carl is beautiful!
Carl has always enjoyed making things, and did a little woodworking in high school. Then in his mid-twenties, he watched his buddy turning on his lathe and it sparked something within him that stuck. He’s been turning ever since.
“I always liked to do stuff with my hands,” admitted Jacobson. “It makes you feel good whenever you make something yourself!”
Woodturning Passion Transitions to a Profession
Years of honing his woodturning skills led Carl to a newfound career eight years ago. He quit his job after 20 years and began pursuing woodworking full-time. A year later, Carl’s wife Robin also quit her job and joined Carl in the venture.
Together, the couple manage TheWoodshop.TV website and YouTube channel. They brainstorm each week to select a project which Carl makes and Robin films. They try to put out a project video each week and enjoy the freedom of not being confined and not knowing what’s around the corner or what the next project will be.
“We work really well together,” commented Carl. “Half the time, Robin comes up with an idea, and half the time, I come up with an idea. We hash out how we want to do it and then jump in.”
Carl made this Star Wars Mellennium Falcon out of Maple and Walnut. Everything is custom fit.
It’s refreshing and entertaining for viewers to see the Jacobsons’ videos, as you can tell that they genuinely have a great time being together.
“I really have so much fun with it that I want to teach as many people as I can what you can do with turning,” said Carl. “Some of the project videos that I do are meant to spark interest in someone that is not necessarily a woodturner. I want them to think, “I didn’t know you could do that with a lathe. What’s great about YouTube is that it doesn’t matter where you are nowadays – you can reach out someone across the planet!”
Carl and Robin Go Mobile
“I love doing this! I would never have imagined that I would be doing this for a living,” Jacobson shared. “I get to do videos, travel around in a woodworking trailer and teach turning classes!”
The Jacobsons aim to take their mobile shop out once a month. Their travels have taken them to many places, including Crater Lake, OR, Phoenix, AZ, Oklahoma City, OK and Cadillac Ranch, TX.
“What I like about creating on the lathe is that as you are working, the piece comes to life,” Carl explained. “As you are cutting, it takes shape!”
This Walnut bathroom sink that Carl made is 14 inches across and 5 in tall.
Another thing that attracted him to woodturning is that you can put a block of wood on the lathe and in an hour or two, you can come out of the shop with a finished project unlike other woodworking projects that can take weeks or months, like building a hutch.
Turning can be a little intimidating for some beginners, so Carl said he always advises them to start out with something simple like a handle. He explained that it’s important to learn how the tools cut and what the tools can do. Once you master those skills, you get more comfortable turning.
Resins Now Part of Carl’s Turning Adventures
Watch For Carl’s New Projects On YouTube
very lovely design and love the depth of color and mix of media used. Would love to get feedback on whether the resin and burl could hold up as a door handle?
wow i want to do something like that it looks so cool
Beautiful piece of art! Enjoyed watching the technique and rapid progress of producing the piece. I am wondering though about a higher level of breathing protection (full respirator) considering the chemical nature of the resin.
I’m not a turner but that is truly incredible. Going to get my cousin to turn me one. Fantastic keep it up RLB
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