Yes woodturning is considered woodworking. Woodturnings are not all bowls
and hollow forms. Spindle work is often icorporated into other aspects of
woodworking I.E. Tables, chairs, staircase banisters and many others.
In my experience, yes on both counts.
There are plenty of folks who do nothing but turn, and plenty of
woodworkers who don't turn wood. You can actually turn and not use
wood, such as making a Corian pen, so turning doesn't have to be
Anything that uses wood as a raw material is some form of woodworking.
I put turning in the same group as scroll sawing, carving, intarsia,
etc... Different, but still crafts related to woodworking.
On 14 Jan 2005 02:08:58 -0800, " email@example.com"
hmm.. sort of question that will have many opinions..
To me, it's part of what I do in the "wood shop", so it's
woodworking..(working with wood?)
you'll probably get a range of answers from "turning is an art and
different from woodworking" to if you're framing a house, building
cabinets, turning a bowl or carving a whistle, it's woodworking...
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To answer you question, in my opinion, yes woodturning is considered
woodworking. I prefer the old term of Woodsmithing. A woodsmith designs,
builds furniture, makes wood utensils and many others things with wood,
lumber and timber using the required tooling. Opposite to that we have the
blacksmith that made everything from nails to wheels using iron, steel and
other ferrous material using traditional tools. Today both the blacksmith
and woodsmith are using modern tools and equipment. When needed they know
how to use the traditional tools.
Today the needs have changed and people enjoy to specialize in one area of
woodworking at their conveniences.
It depends on who you ask. Woodturning is usually considered a higher,
elegant, more artsy form of woodworking. Turning table legs is just
woodworking. Turning a bowl or a hollow form, if done well enough, with
enough attention to shape and design, may well be art. (My humble opinion
only. Others may vary.)
Turning table legs is woodworking. Turning a natural edge bowl or a burl to
paper-thin wall thickness is woodworking taken to the highest level. If you
are good enough, this type of woodturning may even be considered to be art.
Just my humble opinion. (Believe me, the woodturning that I do is just
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