Other Materials

There are many material that can be turned other than wood.


Turning Palm
By: Sy Plonsky
In this short article, Sy explains how he turns palm which is really a grass and not a tree.


Turning Alternative Materials
By: Paul Ross
Your lathe will turn things other than wood. In this article, Paul shows us some alternative materials that he's tried on his lathe including butternuts and alternative ivory. He shows how to attach them to the lathe and then how to turn them.


Casting your own turning blank
By: Ben Shipman
This is a great demonstration presentation on how to make castings which can lead to very interesting turning blanks. There are great photos of turnings that used very different ingredients. It's very stimulating and hopefully will help you out.


Turning Palm Nuts
By: Angelo Iafrate
Angelo Iafrate is a past president of the AAW. He's famous for turning pens and alternative materials, mostly palm nuts. He did a symposium presentation at the Guild of NH Woodworkers and Granite State Woodturners in May 2009. This video was made of that presentation. It is not "studio" quality, it's just the output of the single camera that was used to display the presentation to the participants.

This video is 1 hour 31 minutes long and is packed with a huge amount of valuable information on palm nuts and is a good video on how to turn palm nuts.


Turning Tagua Nuts
By: W. J. Hayes
This is an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to turn tagua nuts on the lathe. It has great close-up pictures to show you each step.


Turning nuts in my old age
By: Ron Allen
In this short article, Ron tells us about some different kinds of nuts that can be turned on a lathe. He also has a nice picture of each in raw and turned shapes.


Turning Acrylic
By: Bonnie Klein
Bonnie Klein turns a lot of acrylic. She's conducted demonstrations of turning acrylic at many of the turning symposiums. This article is a short summary of the knowledge she has learned about turning acrylic and she even provides the two best sources. If you're looking to turn acrylic, you need to read this article first!


Turning Bone (Bovine Ivory)
By: Bonnie Klein
Bonnie has turned a lot of bone and shares some tips on what she has learned. If you have an interest in turning something different, bone might be the answer! Get a leg up using Bonnie's tips!


Working with Corian
By: Kurt Hertzog
In this article, Kurt talks all about corian and how to use it. And this learning is great because it can also apply to most any solid surface material. If you have the desire to try something new, Corian might fit the bill...


Return to Turning Articles Topic List

Article Symbols
New Wood Turning P Article  Icon
New Article (usually within the last 30 days)
Wood Turning Video  Article
Video Article
Fee-based Wood Turning  Article
Article has a 3rd party fee.

Great Bargains
(ends October 24, 2019)

3M Professional Face Shield

On Sale for only $14.99

Save $3.00

List price: $17.99

Clear, 3/32" thick polycarbonate window provides an unobstructed, non-distorted view. Adjustable suspension headband fits head sizes from 6-1/2 to 8. Tips up and out of the way when not needed.

Click here for more information or to purchase


Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Tools

On Sale for only $109.99

Save $30.00

List Price: $139.99

This three piece set has comfortable rubber handles which provide excellent control and reduce fatigue—replaceable carbide tips require no sharpening.

Click here for more information or to purchase


Bar Tool Turning Kits

Get the 5 Piece Set for only $68.95

Save $15.00

Everything you need to turn out cocktails that friends will rave about—includes all five of their Bar Tool Turning Kits in one cost-saving package. Includes: bottle opener, double jigger, muddler bar, bar spoon, cocktail strainer and 5 threaded inserts.

Click here for more information or to purchase

Dust Right Lathe Dust Collection System

For only $44.99

Save $15.00

List Price: $59.99

This highly adjustable steel boom arm holds a semi-cylindrical dust scoop that closely cups your small turning projects, capturing nearly all dust!

Click here for more information or to purchase

Powered by Google

Our Monthly Update

We update our home page about monthly to feature a new project, a new article, and a new and hot tool. Then we send an email to alert our subscribers.
We never let anyone use our list, and our subscribers have been wonderfully loyal as a result.

We hope you will try it out!

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

A Sampling of our Sponsors:
(Visit the Vendor's Corner above to see all our sponsors)

Stainless Steel Bottle Stoppers

(Click any Ad to go to our Sponsor's Website)