Woodturning Resources

  • Overview
  • Essential Tips
  • Bowl Turning
  • Spindle Turning
  • Video Tutorials

I've enjoyed woodturning for years, but I'll never forget my first project - a bowl. It didn't make it off the lathe (my tool caught, resulting in a large crack), but it was the start of a great woodturning journey. I've turned many projects since. Some I love, some are firewood. But with each, my methods and confidence improves. And that's the secret. Jump back on the lathe knowing that every mistake is another lesson learned and technique improved.

I hope these articles and videos are helpful as you begin your woodturning journey. With a little patience and the ability to laugh at yourself (and those mistakes), you'll soon have more pieces of woodturned art than you know what to do with!

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Before you turn on the lathe...

5 Essential Wooturning Tips

Don't turn on the lathe without reading these tips.

5 Beginner Projects You Need to Try

Our favorite projects every beginner needs to know.

7 Essential Turning Tools You Need

The basic woodturning tools, their uses, and the 7 tools you need.

Helpful hints

5 Sources for Free Wood

Score free wood from our top 5 sources.

How to Maintain Your Lathe

Keep your lathe in tip top shape with these 5 critical areas of maintenance.

Bowl Turning Techniques

Transform Logs to Bowls

A practical article demonstrating the steps to shaping logs into useable bowl blanks.

The Basics of Bowl Design

Take your bowl turning to a new level with these design techniques.

7 Ways Not to Turn a Bowl

There are lots of tips out there for bowl turning. Nick Cook takes a different approach.

Spindle Turning Techniques

7 Ways to Master Spindle Turning

7 indispensable spindle turning tips from professional woodworker Nick Cook.

Overview

I've enjoyed woodturning for years, but I'll never forget my first project - a bowl. It didn't make it off the lathe (my tool caught, resulting in a large crack), but it was the start of a great woodturning journey. I've turned many projects since. Some I love, some are firewood. But with each, my methods and confidence improves. And that's the secret. Jump back on the lathe knowing that every mistake is another lesson learned and technique improved.

I hope these articles and videos are helpful as you begin your woodturning journey. With a little patience and the ability to laugh at yourself (and those mistakes), you'll soon have more pieces of woodturned art than you know what to do with!

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Essential Tips

Essential Turning Tips

7 Essential Turning Tools You Need

The basic woodturning tools, their uses, and the 7 tools you need.

5 Beginner Projects You Need to Try

Our favorite projects, complete with video tutorials, that every beginner needs to know.

5 Essential Wooturning Tips

Don't turn on the lathe without reading these woodturning tips from our shop to yours.

How to Maintain Your Lathe

Keep your lathe in tip top shape with these 5 critical areas of maintenance.

5 Sources for Free Wood

Score free wood from our top 5 sources.

Bowl Turning

Bowl Turning Techniques

Transform Logs to Bowls

A practical article demonstrating the steps to shaping logs into useable bowl blanks.

7 Ways Not to Turn a Bowl

There are lots of tips out there for bowl turning. Nick Cook takes a different approach.

The Basics of Bowl Design

Take your bowl turning to a new level with these design techniques.

Spindle Turning

Spindle Turning Techniques

7 Ways to Master Spindle Turning

7 indispensable spindle turning tips from professional woodworker Nick Cook.