One benefit of turning wooden eggs is the sheer practice of tool control it requires of the turner. Yes, the first few eggs will be a scrambled mix of mistakes. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.) But at least you are practicing with small bits of wood, and not wasting larger blanks.
Eggs can be turned with just a few tools. For me the most useful tools are a spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge and yes, the skew. Some other major benefits: Eggs can be turned on any size lathe, and they don't take very long to complete.
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How I Find GREAT
Part of the challenge and fun of woodturning is the ongoing game of scoring beautifully figured workpieces. What's really amazing is that the best source is free, and all you really need to do is keep your eyes and ears open!Here's how I do it:
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