It seems that everyone loves to learn more about woodturning,
from those just starting out, to the professionals who earn their
living in the field. In a sense, the entire woodturningonline
site is dedicated to helping with that passion to learn by presenting
a comprehensive collection of the best woodturning resources available
on the web and elsewhere.
For the experienced turner, we suggest
that you simply jump right into the Turning Articles, Turning Projects,
Publications and all the other areas of the site.
On the other hand, if you are relatively new
to turning, the sheer number of ways to learn and the vast
quantity of information available can sometimes lead to overload.
To help you get stared, we have used our personal experiences to
make some suggestions in the following categories.
Books and Videos
There are a multitude of excellent books available, and two of
our favorites are:
If you click on the links, you will be taken to our book section where you will be able to purchase it directly.
Videos are a great way to learn, since you can see top turners demonstrating exactly how they work. Check out our Turning DVDs Section for a wide variety of learning videos.
Clubs and Associations
One of the best ways to bring the turning experience
alive is to visit the local turning clubs in your area. The members
share your interest and usually have a wide range of experience
and knowledge. Talking with them about courses to take, where to
get wood, new and used turning equipment and all the other aspects
of tuning can save a lot of time and money. Our Club
Directory section lists all the clubs we could find, but if
there is not one listed for your area, check around at local woodworking
stores and lumber yards. You can also try to locate a professional
woodturner or woodworker in local directories and Yellow pages.
They will usually be very helpful and generally know the local woodturning
Many countries have a national woodturning association,
which genreally provides a wide range of member benefits. The largest
of these usually sponsor major symposia on turning and often have
an excellent magazine for members. You will find a listing by country
in our Turning
Taking an introductory course is a wonderful way to
learn a great deal in a short period of time, and likely will also
boost your confidence and provide a human connection or two to the
world of turning.
If possible, try to take your first course close to
home so that you meet some local people that share your interest
in turning, including an experienced instructor. For example, Woodcraft
in the US conducts introductory courses at most of their retail
stores. Many local craft schools also offer introductory classes.
many of these are listed in our Courses
and Schools section.
Here are a few more suggestions to help expand your