Woodworker’s Journal subscribers love our regular “Woodturning” department and the advice of our expert woodturner, Ernie Conover. But turning isn’t the focus of our “Weekly” newsletter, and with just six print issues per year, it’s hard to meet our readers’ requests for even more turning content. That’s why Woodworker’s Journal is thrilled to be partnering with the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) to bring you this new free monthly newsletter. The AAW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning globally. It possesses the single largest collection of woodturning information anywhere and its award-winning journal, American Woodturner, is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world.
Woodturning is one of the fastest growing areas of hobbyist woodworking, and once you’ve turned your first bowl, pen or furniture spindle, you’ll see why! A lathe can help you transform a chunk of firewood into a finished gift in just an hour or two, and woodturning doesn’t require a huge investment — even a benchtop lathe and a couple of gouges can get you up and running. For me, “turning” is as close as a woodworker can get to the kind of artistic freedom potters feel. And, it sure is fun to take a break from straight lines and hard measurements every now and then.
So thanks for signing up! Be sure to tell your turning buddies to do the same. Then, by all means, let’s keep learning but even more importantly — doing! We hope our new monthly woodturning newsletter will encourage you to get out to the shop and, well, turn something! The rewards are rich, and the process is almost always a great time.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal