Learn to Turn

I’ve been (in those vast hours of spare time I have) reading through a couple of books on wood turning that I’ve found informative, well targeted and written in an easily digestible form.

The first, Learn to Turn by Barry Gross is very visual – lots of photos which is important when teaching such a practical subject as wood turning.

The second book is also intended as a starting book, but it goes more in depth and is a lot wordier (I may like reading, but I do learn the most visually for my learning style).  So it is a good stepping stone to build on the initial knowledge – reinforcing and extending it.

This one is “Woodturning, A Foundation Course”

Whether you get one over the other, or both really depends on how far along the learning curve you are, and how steep your personal one is.

Both are available from Carbatec, along with the Taunton Complete Illustrated Guide: Turning, by Richard Raffan.  You may not be able to learn much from reading compared to doing, but theory complements practice, and vice versa.  The more you practice, the more what you read will make sense, and the more you research, the better you will understand how to control the chisels.

Neither have let me into the secrets of the skew chisel as yet however! More practice and more research required.

One Response

  1. A timely article, thanks Stu. I have just been given the little Woodfast lathe from Carbetec and as a complete novice these books will be very handy. Being a fitter and turner by trade wood is a new ball game.

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