Design, Inspiration, Exhibits and Collections

While a design may emerge as a piece begins to take shape, these articles may bring new ideas and shapes to spark your imagination.

 

Woodturning Quotes from More Woodturning Magazine: 2018
By: More Woodturning Magazine
Each month in the magazine we include one inspirational quote in our Monthly Update. This article is a collection of all of them from 2018. Enjoy!

 

You Might be a Woodturner...
By: Leonard Badour
Leonard and his wife penned this cute Margarita enhanced saying.

 

An Ode to the Woodturner
By: Mike Waldt's Wife
We came across this poem written by UK woodturner Mike Waldt's wife, and thought it would be fun to share it with all of you. It is reprinted here with Mike's and his wife's permission.

 

Woodturning Quotes from More Woodturning Magazine: 2017
By: More Woodturning Magazine
Each month in the magazine we include one inspirational quote in our Monthly Update. This article is a collection of all of them from 2017. Enjoy!

 

A Woodturning Poem
By: Ken Rizza
Like many of you, we know Ken Rizza because he is the owner of WoodTurners Wonders (www.woodturnerswonders.com). But we didn't know he has quite a way with words as well as wood. Here is a poem he wrote and agreed to share with our readers.

 

Woodturner's Psalm
By: Woodturners Guild of Ontario
This is the Woodturner's Psalm aka The Lathe's Prayer. It was an interesting find on the Woodturners Guild of Ontario web site.

 

Finding Inspiration
By: Miriam Carpenter
Miriam, a wonderful wood artist, shares how she gets the inspiration for her art.

 

Inside the Bowl
By: Dennis Belcher
Turning a good bowl is not an accident. In this article, Dennis explains how to deal with turning the inside of the bowl. He covers issues like that bottom curve and the "dreaded bowl bounce". If you want to turn better bowls, this article should give you some really good tips!

 

Traditional Hawaiian Bowls
By: Pat Kramer
The Hawaiian culture has deep roots in bowl making and much of what we know of the methods used to make them is still surrounded by a bit of mystery. In this article, Pat talks about what's known about Hawaiian bowl turning.

 

Signature Woodturning Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher
By: Paul Rohrbacher
What is a “signature style” as it relates to woodturning and how does somebody get one? Merriam-Webster.com defines this term: as “something (such as a quality or feature) that is closely associated with someone or something.” In the turning world, having a signature style usually means having a design or a tool you are famous for.

 

Top-Rated Woodturning Books Fee-based Woodturning Articles by More Woodturning Magazine
By: More Woodturning Magazine
Ever wonder what the best woodturning books are? Here is Amazon’s list, based upon readers’ recommendations. We’ve included the Amazon description as well as the rating given by readers and the number of reviews the rating was based upon. The rating system is a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 as the highest. We reduced the list to include books earning a recommendation of 4.5 or above with a minimum of 15 reviews. While some have been out there for a while, they were all still in print at the time of publication. If that has since changed, they should be easily available in the used-book market. (Click on any image to be directed to the Amazon page for more information).

 

ConneXtions - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
Collaborative works by glass beadmakers and woodturners. The exhibit ran from July 27 through December 15, 2007.

 

The Sphere - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from April 13 to June 9, 2008.

 

The Spindle - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 14 - May 24, 2009.

 

Spirit of the Southwest - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from September 14- December 21, 2009.

 

Regional Spotlight: Texas and Ohio Area Turners - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from January 12- February 14, 2010.

 

Roots- the Artist's Voice - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 1 - June 19, 2011.

 

Maple Medley - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from September 12 - December 19, 2011.

 

A Walk in the Woods
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from September 2 - December 28, 2012.

 

The World Turns: AAW@25 - An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran in December 2011.

 

Beyond Containment
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 1 - May 24, 2012.

 

Harmony
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from February 28 - June 2, 2013.

 

Ceremony
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 3 - May 30, 2014.

 

Creativity in Construction - A Collaboration of Materials: An exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 3 - June 7, 2015.

 

A Gathering of Spoons
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 2 - May 24, 2010.

 

Japanese Bowls - A Western Perspective: An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran May 4 - June, 2007.

 

The Teapot: An Exhibit
By: Gallery of Wood Art
This exhibit ran from March 2 - May 23, 2010.

 

Woodturning Form and Design
By: Keith Tompkins
In this demonstration notes, Keith discusses the Tompkins Triangle method, which he developed to help woodturners understand the Golden Rule and it's shortcomings. He expands on this concept to help you design platters and shallow bowls. If you're looking to expand your design knowledge, Keith can help you out!

 

Considerations of Form in Woodturning
By: Jim Silva
In this wonderful article about design for woodturning, Jim Silva talks about the meaning of design, what is form, why form follows function and proportion and placement. All of these concepts are critical to creating works of art!

 

Finial Demonstration
By: Matt Harber
In this article, Matt goes over the 7 steps that he uses to turn finials. He also provides some additional resources but the best thing that I like is all the photo examples of finials that help inspire me when I go to turn my next finial.

 

Preventing Color Changes in Exotic Woods
By: Eric Meier
Do you want that Bloodwood to stay red?
Padauk to stay orange?
Osage Orange to stay yellow?
Purpleheart to stay purple?
Cocobolo or Tulipwood to stay rainbow colored?

Read this article to understand color changes in wood!

 

Using a turning leftover to make Art
By: Yoav Liberman
This is a very inspiration article as it's one of those, "Who would have guessed" moments. Anyone considering the concept of wood turned art should read this short article!

 

Production Turning for Fun and Profit
By: Brian McEvoy
In this article, Brian describes a way that turners can become production turners for both fun and for profits. He discusses a way that makes turning a job that can create a generous salary!

Since you have to turn lots of little items, Brian has found the most efficient way to turn this pieces. His method is very fast and reduces the turning down to the minimum required to get a high quality job done!

This is a fascinating article but let me warn you, it's not for the faint of heart as it's a lot of work... but there you go!!

 

The Daniel Collection
By: Jonathon Cuff and Shirley Sinclair
This wonderful collection contains hundreds of works from more than 50 well known turners. The gallery allows viewing the pieces of each turner listed.

 

Classic Design Bead-Shoulder-Cove
By: Jon Siegel
Jon explains the fundamentals of classic design, illustrates with drawings and includes tips and techniques for turning these forms.

 

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