Of all the woodworking skills you can learn, turning has got to be one of the most interesting. You can take a square piece of stock and – quite literally – ‘turn’ it into a graceful, flowing shape. Some people have described is as hypnotic, something they can do for hours while fragrant curls of wood fly from the work.
However, there are also some practical considerations as well. Should the workpiece come free from the lathe, it could fly quickly and injure you if you are not wearing a full face shield. Then, there’s the challenge of turning identical parts for – say – the four legs of a table.
Finally, there’s the cost. The lathe, the tools, the right kinds of chucks… well, you could run into quite an expense before you get to put skew chisel or bowl gouge to a workpiece.
This week, I want to know what you think about wood turning…