I really like the books by Richard Raffan. (I think the one I read is
called "Turning Wood")
I would highly recommend getting th video that goes with it. There are some
things in wood turning that are easier to watch than deterine from wrods or
pictures. A lot of larger libraries have the video, if you do not want to
Joe in Denver
my woodworking website:
I have a few of Ernie Conover's books and like them the best. He has
several different ones on turning for furniture, bowls, etc. Pick the
project you want to start and get the book to match. I also have
"Fundamentals of Woodturning" by Darlo, which I didn't like as well. I
thought Ernie's books kept my interest and were easier to understand for a
novice just wanting to get started on something. --dave
"Woodturning, Two books in One", Phil Irons, Sterling Publishing, NY, 1999
Paid about $18 at Rockler.
Before you start the lathe, find some videos. As much as anything, turning
is a motor skill, demonstrated best visually. The 'dance' is hard to
explain, or understand, from static words and pictures.
At least for me.
Good advice from all. There is also another group where you'll find a
whole lot more info, especially if you do a google search of the
Good luck, and brace yourself for the tool spending spree...
The most often cited books to answer this question when it comes up on
Woodturning, A Foundation Course by Keith Rowley
Turning Boxes, all three by Richard Raffan.
I'm the chapter librarian for one of the AAW chapters here in NW Oregon
and we have upwards of 75 turning books and 55 videos and DVDs. I've
looked through or seen practically all of them. The above would be my
personal recommendation as well for the new turner. If you only have the
budget for one right now, I'd go with Rowley over Raffan for general
coverage of the subject with good flow, explanation, illustration and
editing - but you wouldn't go wrong with Raffan's books either. Some
folks direct new turners to Mike Darlow's books, but the usual
commentary, of which I readily agree, is that he's extremely techincal
and rather dry. If that's your MO, you might find him helpful.
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