While woodturning doesn’t require a lot of lathe tools, you do need a basic collection that will serve you for both bowl and spindle turning. Years ago, I was fortunate to have an experienced turning friend steer me in the right direction toward which first tools to buy. I’m using many of them to this day, thanks in no small part to his wise advice back then. But if you are kicking off your woodturning hobby altogether solo, our AAW feature article this time — “A Beginner’s Shopping List to Turning Tools and Sharpening Gear” — will give you the pointers you need to make these important first purchases. Let Walt Wager be that sensible friend for you as you tool up for your new turning hobby.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal