5 Steps to Prepare Rough Wood for Turning

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A very common question is where do I find wood for turning.  The next challenge is, once you have collected some wood, boards, or branches, how do you get the rough wood onto your lathe?  The key to successful woodturning is preparing the wood to turn, then securing that wood on the lathe so that […]

Turning Blanks from your Table Saw

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Getting wood to turn on you lathe can be a challenge.  However the off cuts from a building site have great potential as practice turning blanks.  Off cuts of commercial 2 x4s make good turning blanks for beginners.   The wood is usually fir, spruce, or pine.  These are soft woods rather than hard woods.  The […]

5 Tips to Prepare Your Shop for Action

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As I write this we are on the cusp of 2017.  A New Year and a new season for turning.  To help you get things together for the New Year, and anytime you need inspiration, here are 5 steps or tips you can take to prepare your shop for action. Preparation Get yourself lots of […]

Woodturning Workshop II – Tips and Tricks

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This is my second woodturning workshop.  My first woodturning workshop is described here: Woodturning Workshops I – A great way to learn.  I spent three days at Lee Valley Tools in Kelowna in October of 2016, taking woodturning workshops.  I have been turning for around 20 years.  The school of hard knocks was my first […]

Is Your Woodturning Affecting Your Health?

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I love woodturning.  It is fun to turn wood into beautiful projects.  Spending time at the lathe is both relaxing and productive.  Yet woodturning can result in challenges to your health.  How you turn and the environment you turn in can affect you.  Here are 5 ways that turning can have an impact on your […]

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