Turning is Woodworking!
Issue: Issue 306
Posted Date: 7/31/2012
I have a really wide appreciation for
woodworking of all types. And one of the wonderful benefits of my job
is that I have gotten to dabble in many techniques and niches of the
craft. Marquetry, carving, scroll sawing, fine furniture, rustic
furniture, cabinetmaking, stringed instrument making -- I have
attempted them all. But a curious thing happened to me about five
years ago: I started to do woodturning for fun. In most of my other
woodworking sojourns, I have worked hard to achieve mastery. As much
as it surprises friends and family, I am something of a perfectionist
in this one aspect of my life.
Not so with woodturning. I go to the
lathe to have fun and make a nice bowl, or whatever. Not that I don't
try my best, but I have decided that this will be my release from the
rigorous demands of expert woodworking, not an additional bullet
point on my resume. The result of all this is that I find myself at
the lathe more and more. See some examples of my non-expert woodturning projects on the Woodworker's Journal Blog.
Whether you're already familiar with
woodturning fun, or (so far) an admirer of others' works, you'll find
plenty on the topic in this issue of the eZine: it's our first themed
issue, dedicated to the theme of -- you guessed it -- woodturning. I
hope you enjoy it!