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Jumpstart Your Turning Skills with a Class
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, TX

Highland Woodworking is pleased to introduce you to Curtis Turner, our newest contributing writer to The Highland Woodturner. Even though he has been a "Turner" his entire life, he knew turning was a skill that required the guidance of a master to develop it fully. He worked closely with an experienced turner, who helped him train his eye (and hand) to blend curves, develop pleasing forms and sharpen tools efficiently.

The guidance he received in his early days of turning has convinced him that success in woodworking credits back to both formal instruction and membership in a community of woodworkers.

Woodturning Tools:
The Easy Wood Tools Full Detailer

By George T. (Terry) Chapman

This month, I tried the Easy Detailer while turning a spindle and making
a bead and cove. I also added a few other details which one might use while making a candlestick, a Windsor chair leg or a stair spindle. The Easy Detailer worked like a champ.

CLICK HERE to read more about Terry's experience using the Easy Wood Tools Full Detailer and watch a video of the tool being used:

The Metabo Compact Random Orbit Sander: A Woodturner's Favorite

Metabo's tough little sander is a turner's favorite for finishing open bowls and platters, and it does a fine job wherever access is limited, such as inside cabinets and boxes. Its 3-1/8" hook & loop disc reaches forward clear of the motor housing, letting you sand unobstructed right into corners and other tight spaces.

Want to know more? Take a look!

The Elbo Tool: Eliminate the Drudgery of End Grain Vessel Hollowing!

With a minimum of set up time, the Elbo Tool readily attaches to any lathe without retaining bars or special hardware. Three elbow-joint pivot points let you guide the cutter effortlessly. No more tense muscles or bone jolting rides as you hollow.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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This month we are featuring Larry Sorenson's 'Three Mile Island' Vases, which feature some gorgeously figured wood that was destined for the firepit.

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wood finishing
It's All About the Finish

This tip is not about what finish to use on your woodturning projects, but what you do after you close the can or bottle of finish to help preserve the rest for your next project. How many times have you closed up your finish and put it on the shelf only to find it skimmed over the next time you open it?

Here's a tip to help keep that from happening:

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