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Splitting Oak for Spindle Turning
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, TX

The word riven means to split apart or to cleave. For our purposes, it refers to splitting along the end grain. This action yields stock that is typically straight-grained, and captures the strength of the wood. The split occurs along a fault line, if you will, thus splitting along the weakest fibers.

This article will take us back in time to experiment with an ancient method of prepping green wood for spindle turning.

CLICK HERE to go back in time with Curtis and learn his process for prepping green wood for turning:

One Woodturner's Unique Perspective on Turning a Bowl
By John Perrella

My studio consists of an extensive woodshop where I create hardwood furniture and turn bowls on a lathe. I obtain all the wood for my projects from native hardwood trees here in New York. These are some of the finest hardwoods in the world.

Read about John's process for turning a bowl, including felling the tree, milling the logs and finally combining the boards into blanks before even starting to turn!

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These are the perfect tools to use with our Rikon Mini-Lathe - or any small lathe.

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This month's column features beautiful segmented woodturnings by Paul Bucca of Boise, ID.

Take a look at this friendly woodturner's work and read about how he does it!

wood finishing Turning a Spatula

I have been making spatulas and spurtles for many years now. Today, I will walk you through my process.

Here's how I start:

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Easy Wood Tools Easy Hollower
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Galbert Caliper
General Woodturner's Finish
Hollow Forms DVD
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Longworth Chuck
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Metabo Random Orbit Sander
Mini-Texturing Tool Parts Kit
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Rikon 16" x 42" Var. Speed Lathe
Rikon 20" x 37" Var. Speed Lathe
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