Past Editions

All editions of the magazine in your subscription are available at any time for your reading pleasure. Just press the "View Edition" button to read any edition of the magazine in your subscription.

You must be logged into the system in order to see the editions in your subscription. If there are editions, tutorials or articles not in your subscription, you will be able to purcahse them separately for a modest fee.

Editions of the magazine are available for purchase for $6.00 each. Past Tutorials and Articles are available for purchase for $4.00 each.

If your subscription covers the edition month, then you can view it; otherwise, you can purchase either the entire edition or just the individual tutorials and articles.

Click the year that you'd like to see

You are not logged in at this time

Click on any month to see its contents.


Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Snowmen invade Hampstead, MD
  • Arrowmont School suffers Fire Damage
  • Kristin Levier is Finalist in 2017 LEAP Program
  • Flutemaster receives U.S. Patent
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for November 2016


Turn a Cap Ornament by David Reed Smith

I usually start the introduction to an article with where I got the idea. In this case, I don’t remember. My sketch book wasn’t much help as all it had was a sketch that was pretty much fully formed. So I’ll just tell you about it. I call it a cap ornament because it’s a sphere with a cap sitting on top. Not a cap like an acorn, but one with vertically square sides which produces a scalloped look when viewed from the side. I think the dramatic scallops and the sharp points really make the look of the ornament. As mortal woodturners couldn’t preserve the sharp points through turning and sanding square stock, temporary joints and waste wood are used to make the blank round. To further help, the outside is turned using a mandrel that supports the entire inside to try and cut down on vibration.



Turning a Christmas Bell Ornament by Robin Costelle

This is an easy Christmas ornament idea I cabbaged from a friend and skilled turner, Curt Fuller, from Utah. I kind of adapted it to my style but I still got the idea from him.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Pen with a Fire and Rescue Laser Inlay Kit by Don Ward

Would you like to try something new? Would you like to make a pen that will surely turn heads and wow your fellow club members? If so, then consider looking over the laser inlay kits available. Categories covered by these kits include flags, animals, sports, occupations, food and drink, military, special occasions, religions, plants, hobbies, music, dog breeds, firearms, and fish to mention just a few.




The Fine Art of Finials by Janice Levi

You have selected a beautiful piece of wood and turned a globe for your Christmas ornament. Next you select two different species of wood—one for the top finial and one for the bottom finial, or icicle. You want this to be a special ornament so you add all the feature items that you have learned to turn over the past several years—captured rings, beads, coves, “V” cuts. You finally put it all together and it’s not quite what you had envisioned. It’s not “terrible,” but it’s not “wonderful,” either. Of course, the ornament will be appreciated and loved because you made it, but let’s look at a few simple steps that might make the ornament even better.


7 Tips for Better Segmented Turnings by Al Miotke

Are you interested in segmenting but are not sure where to start?  Maybe you have tried segmenting but found that you had too many unanswered questions?  If either of these describes you, hopefully the following seven tips will help. The goal of this article is to address seven of the most common challenges that people have when getting started in segmenting.  If you can get comfortable with these points, you should be on your way to making high quality segmented designs.


Signature Woodturning by Paul Rohrbacher

What is a “signature style” as it relates to woodturning and how does somebody get one? defines this term: as “something (such as a quality or feature) that is closely associated with someone or something.” In the turning world, having a signature style usually means having a design or a tool you are famous for.


Meet the Turner:

Kimberly Winkle, Smithville, TN

Test Your Knowledge:

History of The Woodworking Lathe

New Products:

  • Nova announces new Nova 1624 II Lathe
  • Saburrtooth Releases Long Taper Cutters
  • Elbo Tool now available with Hunter Tool Carbide Cutter
  • Penn State Industries Assembly/Disassembly Pen Press
  • New Inlay Kit Sanding Mandrel from Kallenshaan Woods
  • Unique Full Sized Off-Center Chuck

Questions and Answers: Sanding

Product Reviews: Power Carving Tools

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • ACE Excellence in Wood Award
  • Invasive ash borer decimating trees in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for October 2016


Turning a Multi-Axis Pedestal Birdhouse, Box and Ornament by Frank Penta

This brief tutorial summarizes the steps that I take to turn two types of multi-axis birdhouses (one as a Christmas tree ornament and the other with a pedestal) then I show you how to turn a multi-axis box.



Warbling Whistle by David Reed Smith

One of the variations I considered (but didn’t complete) when designing the Whistling Top (published in the August 2016 issue of More Woodturning Magazine) was to try and use the body like a squirrel cage fan to pull air through the standard whistle mechanism located in the stem. I thought it would be a good idea to actually make a regular whistle so I’d know, if it didn’t work, where the problem was. As there had just been an article in the AAW Journal on making whistles I sort of followed that. It worked fine. But I found the constant tone too musical to demand attention.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Dragon Pen with the Dragon Scales Epoxy Inlay Kit by Don Ward

Penn State Industries has introduced several theme-based pen kits over the last year. These kits have lots of ornamentation and decoration on the metal parts, clips, center-bands and end parts. While a burl-wood or acrylic blank pairs nicely with these kits, a blank with similar decorations/themes would be appropriate. Some of them are the Skull Kit, the Keyhole Kit, the Dragon Kit, the Medieval Kit, The Southwest Kit, Celtic Twist, and the Fly Fishing Kit to name several of them. For example, a blank with skulls would be nice with the skull kit or trout would work nicely with the Fly Fishing Kit. There are some turners who can cast and can make labels with the appropriate theme. Others can use decals to decorate or embellish the blank. Still others can use segmenting skills to create blanks. Personally, I don’t have the patience to segment. I can cast images printed on labels or use decals but I would rather be doing something else!




Boxes are Some of My Favorite Things… by Mike Stafford

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things


The Joy of Turning Wet Wood by Sam Angelo

Those of us who have milled a bowl blank from a newly fallen tree and turned it when the wood is dripping wet have discovered true happiness.  Often such wood is free, easy to turn, and almost dust free. 


On the Lighter Side: Solving a Great Problem! by Bob Heltman

Perhaps the greatest problem facing humanity, at least that portion that is handy at fixing things, is file handle shortages. There simply IS a terrible shortage of decent file handles. Those puny little things that sometimes, but not always, come with some files are just terrible. They might as well have been made by deranged people in a denuded forest with not enough wood left to make a toothpick.


Meet the Turner:

Tom Lohman, Duluth, MN

Test Your Knowledge:

Common Woodturning Terms

New Products:

  • NOVA Voyager DVR Drill Press
  • New and Improved Crank Top Salt and Pepper Mills
  • Turning and Carving the Square Platter DVD by Al Stirt

Questions and Answers: Tools that don't need sharpening?

Product Reviews: The Johannes Michelsen Signature Vector Grind Fixture

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for September 2016
  • Artistry in Wood Winners
  • Franklin Arts Exhibition Awards
  • AAW Announces Annual POP exhibition


Turning Corian by Andy Chen

Corian was invented by DuPont in 1967. Originally it was based on acrylic polymer with particulates added to give it a granite look. There are many imitation products on the market since the DuPont patent ran out and they are collectively called "solid surface materials". Some of these are not acrylic based. To purchase these materials, you must be certified by the manufacturers. This also applies to the special adhesive that they sell.



Spinning Top Playground by David Reed Smith

When I first got the whistling top I made for the August (2016) edition to work, I wanted to send a video to Dennis (our editor) to prove it. But, for the most part, the top didn’t stay on camera and I thought it would be nice to have something to contain it. Collisions with walls rob the top of a lot of speed, which is needed to make it whistle. I thought a surface that sloped towards the center would contain minor wanderings without slowing the top down dramatically. And it did. Sometimes the top even traveled in neat little circles. But it still needed walls as a backup.



Cutting Segments Accurately by James Rodgers

The following article is an excerpt from Jim Rodger's new book titled The Fundamentals of Segmented Wood Turning, reproduced with permission from Linden Publishing. Be sure to pick up a copy of this excellent book to read all about other facets of this process, from getting started through building vessels and adding enhancements. It’s a great book--we think you'll love it!




A Dream Come True for the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild by Steve Shanesy

What woodturning club doesn’t fantasize about having their own, permanent home? The Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild made that wish come true for them. What started as a casual discussion among leaders and active volunteers became a reality some five years later. They now have their “dream home”: a permanent place for their monthly meetings, complete with a well-equipped shop with multiple lathes and access to a large public event area.


On the Lighter Side: Tom's Bowl by Bob Heltman

In early 2014, colleague Tom W. gave me several fine logs from the base of an old apple tree he removed from his orchard. The image below shows these appreciated specimens. Various-sized turning blanks were cut and ends coated with sealer to prevent splits until the pieces could be turned.


SWAT Turns 25 by Don Ward

SWAT is the acronym used for the woodturning symposium sponsored by The SouthWest Association of Turners. SWAT is made up of 27 clubs from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana. A club wishing to be a participating SWAT club must be a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. SWAT is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose only purpose is to provide a live forum-symposium for the education and skill development of anyone interested in woodturning.


Meet the Turner:

Keith Tompkins, Tivoli, NY

Test Your Knowledge:

Turning Tools

New Products:

  • Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burners by Conestoga Works
  • Saburrtooth 2 Inch Grooving Wheels
  • New DVD: Revelations in Hollowing, 25 years of Refining the Process
  • The Fundamentals of Segmented Woodturning: Projects, Techniques & Innovations for Today's Woodturner
  • Create Elegant Pens with Clay
  • Ron Brown's Doughnut Chuck

Questions and Answers: Glue Blocks

Product Reviews: Bowlsaver Max3

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • In Memoriam: Fred Holder
  • Changes to AAW Membership Dues
  • In Memoriam: Bill Rubenstein
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for July and August


Segmented Beads of Courage Boxes by Al Miotke

Have you ever thought that your efforts as a woodturner could benefit a child facing a long term treatment program for serious health issues such as cancer and blood disorders?  I didn’t, until I learned about the Beads of Courage program started by an oncology nurse from Phoenix in 2003.   Once you know about the program, it’s guaranteed that you will be both moved and motivated.  Many of us have heard about this program since the woodturning community has been involved in providing lidded boxes to hospitals for many years. These boxes are used to hold beads that the kids get whenever they have a treatment, or show courage.  If you want to know more about the program check out the organizations website:



PVC Spinning Top Launcher by David Reed Smith

Finger-spun tops are great for portability, but if you want to spin a heavy top, or need high rpm to make a whistling top work, you’ll need to have a string-operated launcher. This article tells how to make a top launcher out of 3/4” and 1” schedule 40 PVC pipe.  3/4” pipe is used for the launcher tube, and 1” pipe is used for the pull ring and sleeve to protect the launcher tube from the chuck jaws. [See my article in last month's (August 2016) issue to learn how to make a whistling top.]



The Pen Turner's Corner: The Sierra Explosion by Don Ward

Have you noticed the explosion of one-piece pen kits? There seems to be a new one each time I look at the catalogs or online stores. Just a few years back there were only two or three kits using a single blank and then it all began. They now come in clicker pens, twist pens, with caps, shorter and longer barrels, and even pencils. Let’s explore what I think is the reason for this proliferation of one-piece pen kits. The information that follows is my perspective and how I remember the one-piece pen evolving. The evolution could be a little different.




Make your own Wood Ferrules by John Wolf

A metal tool, particularly a turning tool, generally requires a handle. That handle is often made from wood. One of the problems with wood it that it is not uniformly strong in all directions. The fibers of the wood usually run parallel to the length of the handle and that increases the risk that the fibers will be spread apart as the tool is levered by force on the handle. To spread that force that is trying to spread those fibers, a ring-like band of material is placed around the wood. This object, a ferrule, is typically made from metal, but other materials can also serve this purpose.


Woodturning Tips by Staff

In our last survey, several subscribers asked for woodturning tips. We spent a little time perusing older issues of the magazine, and collected several suggestions we thought were still really good ideas! If you have a tip to share with readers, send it to and we will publish a new list in a future edition.


On the Lighter Side: Creating the “Joe-Bob” Bowl by Bob Heltman

Joe M. is a very good neighbor and highly skilled woodworker. Periodically we team up to take down damaged trees, dig out silt ponds, and so on. Recently we felled a top-rotting locust tree. The plan was to split it into firewood. In starting this project, I used my Ford 555B tractor with front bucket and backhoe on the rear. It helps assure the tree falls in a desired direction.  


Meet the Turner:

Frank Penta, Chapel Hill, NC

Test Your Knowledge:

Drying Wood for Turning

New Products:

  • New JET 1840 Lathes
  • Nova Modular Tool Rests
  • Chucky Vacuum Face Plate
  • The Making of a Teapot DVD by Michael Gibson
  • Interchangeable Crochet Hook Kit
  • The Squid Centering Punch

Questions and Answers: How to Turn a Bead

Product Reviews: The Elbo Hollowing Tool

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Traditional Bowl Videos
  • In Memoriam: Craig Kirks
  • In Memoriam: Allan Batty


Turning a Whistling Top by David Reed Smith

Traditionally, whistling tops are oval or acorn shaped, have a single square hole, and are made of semi-precious materials like ivory or at least boxwood or some other wood whose hardness is measured on the Mohs Scale. However, whistling tops are also traditionally hard for first-timers to make work. In an effort to avoid the latter tradition, this article will avoid the former tradition.



Turning a Wooden Clock by John Lucas

Probably one of the very first projects I turned was a clock. I glued a couple of boards together to get the proper thickness and then turned it. I’ve made quite a few since then and learned a few tricks. I hope to pass these on to you in a few articles. This one will be pretty straight forward turning--nothing fancy--but I will describe different methods of creating dowels to be used as markers.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Fountain Pen by Don Ward

I often hear pen turners say, “I have made several styles of ballpoints, pencils, and rollerballs. Now, I think I am ready to attempt a fountain pen.” The say this as though there is something difficult or mysterious about making a fountain pen.  Fountain pens may be a bit mysterious to many but making one is no more difficult than making a rollerball. Actually, if one can make a rollerball then one can make a fountain pen. The only difference between a particular model of fountain pen and its rollerball brother is the front section.




Photography and Woodturning: From the Specifics to the Inspirational by John Beaver

Editor's note: Before starting woodturning, John Beaver was a professional photographer and motion picture cameraman/director shooting mostly TV commercials. He specialized in product-driven commercials such as toys, food, and electronics. This was very helpful when it came time to photograph his woodturning pieces. We appreciate John's willingness to share his photographic expertise as it relates to woodturning with us.


DIY Hollowing System: Laser/Camera Mounting System by Paul Rohrbacher

This month Paul Rohrbacher concludes his four-part series on creating your own DIY Hollowing System with the last component: how to make your own Laser/Camera Mounting System. In April, Paul covered Safety Drivers; in May, he covered Steady Rests; in June, he covered Boring Bar Support, Boring Bar, Trap and Cutters. While each of these components can be used independently, together they comprise a complete, do-it-yourself hollowing system. For those of you who are usually “buy it off the shelf” woodturners who made some or all of the tooling, congratulations! You’ve saved some money that you can apply to more components for additional DIY tools!


Oval Turning with Johannes Volmer by Dennis Daudelin

Oval turning is an old woodturning art and was popular in the late 1800’s but sadly disappeared in the early 1900’s. It was used most frequently to make elliptical picture and mirror frames. It can also be used to make bowls, platters, boxes and a wide range of artistic items.


Meet the Turner:

Ronald G. Campbell, Cedar Springs, MI

Test Your Knowledge:


New Products:

  • Random Orbital Sander - variable speed
  • Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material
  • Jimmy Clewes Metallic Cream Filler
  • Jerusalem Stone Insets

Questions and Answers: Duplicators

Product Reviews: Vacuum Chambers

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for May and June 2016
  • Joe Ruminski Awarded AAW Honorary Lifetime Member
  • Faculty Exhibition at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
  • AAW Updates Member Forum and Photo Gallery


Turning a Christmas Angel Ornament by John Tarpley

I think many turners enjoy making Christmas ornaments. I try to make a different one each year that I give to friends and family. I also donate ornaments to charities. In 2015 I wanted to make an angel ornament. My inspiration was the line by Zuzu in It’s A Wonderful Life. She said, “Teacher says, ‘Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.’”



Turning a Kendama by Mike Stafford

Shortly after I started turning wood, I discovered a number of online woodturning forums where over the years I have received a lot of good information about wood, turning tools and techniques. The various forums have been invaluable resources in my woodturning endeavors. Seeing all of the various projects posted by other turners also provides inspiration so that any turner can find something new to turn.



The MagFigure Toy by Ian Salisbury

Most of the wood turned items we make just sit on a shelf to be looked at. So I was quite pleased when, last year for Christmas, my son asked if I could make an old-fashioned turned wooden toy for his five-year-old daughter. But he stated that it must have play content and be fun, not just a thing you look at, and no electronics.




Hemispherical Ornament Stand by David Reed Smith

Just because they’re often called tree ornaments doesn’t mean they can only be hung on a tree. For instance, I habitually give ornaments to friends and family, and some of the older ones don’t put up a tree any more. If there’s an ornament you’re particularly proud of, you might want to keep it out year round. If there’s an ornament you’re not so proud, of you might want to keep it out where you can see it to remind yourself to work on improving it.


DIY Hollowing System: Boring Bar Components by Paul Rohrbacher

This month Paul Rohrbacher explains how to make your own Boring Bar Support, Boring Bar, Trap and Cutters. These are four more components of the DIY hollowing system that he has been presenting over the last few issues. In April, Paul covered Safety Drivers; in May, he covered Steady Rests. Look for the last component--a Laser/Camera Mounting System--in August. While each of these components can be used independently, together they comprise a complete, do-it-yourself hollowing system.


On the Lighter Side: The Power Outage Gift Bowl by Bob Heltman

Two days after Christmas 2015, at 9:20 p.m., the power went out. I called Duke Energy to give notice. Probably an hour or so later the phones went out, leaving me in the dark and having to use my cell phone for any contact with the outside world.


Meet the Turner:

Michael Gibson, Hoschton, Georgia

Test Your Knowledge:

Chainsaw Maintenance, Operation, and Safety

New Products:

  • Tom's Tools for Woodturning Demonstrators
  • Thread Champ
  • VerDay Paint and Patina
  • Yorkshire Grit Woodturners Abrasive
  • Laminated Wood Art Made Easy: Symmetrical Multi-Generational Patterns
  • Constellation - Bright LED Clamp Lamp

Questions and Answers: Moving Beyond the Basics

Product Reviews: The Woodcut MillDrill

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • The Most-Watched Woodturning Videos on YouTube – From 2007 until Today
  • In Memoriam: Neil Scobie
  • An Exhibition of Art Teapots
  • How to Identify Butternut Canker and Manage Butternut Trees


Turn your own Fishing Lures by David Budnik

Let me start by saying I am not a fisherman. I should also mention that I made these lures in our RV park woodshop and wrote the article while snowbirding at the Sun-n-Fun RV resort in Sarasota, Florida. So the pictures are not from my home workshop--or should I say woodworking studio!



Turn a Combined Salt Shaker / Peppermill Grinder by Jason Swanson

We've all seen peppermill kits, and maybe even used them to make a peppermill. Some of us may have also made a salt mill to match. Backgate Industries has created a new kit that combines both functions in one device. I decided to use their kit to make this segmented combination salt and peppermill using staves.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Pen Turning Sans Mandrel or No-Mandrel Pen Turning by Don Ward

Ready to ditch your pen mandrel? There is a different way to turn pens that is gaining lots of popularity in the penturning world. TBC: Turning Between Centers, as it is called, is catching on with experienced penturners as well as those with less experience. Turning between centers, or TBC, is used for several reasons and the process will be explained later.




Getting the most out of a Symposium by Dennis Daudelin

Whether it is a big national symposium (like the annual AAW event, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, or SWAT)--or smaller, local events--attending a symposium is a great way to learn new skills, meet other woodturners, and stay up-to-date with the latest tools and materials. But for some, these events can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some things that veteran symposia attendees do to ensure a successful learning experience.


Wood Orientation in Specific Situations by Bill Rosener

Editor’s note: Last month, Bill Rosener discussed the need for consistent terminology when describing wood orientation and suggested using the terms “parallel orientation” and “perpendicular orientation” rather than other terms when referring to how work is mounted on the lathe. This followup article uses these terms to discuss the implications of wood orientation as applied to specific situations.


DIY Hollowing System: Steady Rest by Paul Rohrbacher

This month Paul Rohrbacher explains how to make your own metal Steady Rest. This is another component of the DIY hollowing system that he will be presenting over the next few issues. Last month, Paul covered Safety Drivers. Look for an article on Boring Bars in July and the last component--a Laser/Camera Mounting System--in August.


Meet the Turner:

Pat and Karen Miller, Kennewick, Washington

Test Your Knowledge:


New Products:

  • Lyle Jamieson announces New Boring Bar
  • Carter and Son Toolworks announces Expansion and New Products
  • Robust Tools announces New Scout Lathe
  • Curt Theobald introduces new Negative Rake Scraper Cutters
  • Tormek introduces the new T-8 Wet Grinder Sharpening System
  • WoodTurnersWonders introduces new CBN and Diamond Sharpening Hones
  • Geiger's Solutions releases Pro Sharp Spectrum
  • Penn State Industries introduces Lathe-Mounted Saw

Questions and Answers: Tools and Tool Storage


   May 2016

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2016
  • April's Fools
  • Bradford Pear is an Invasive Plant
  • Researchers Zero in on Dutch Elm Disease Genes


Segmented Tubular Sculpture by Al Miotke

One of the fascinating aspects of segmented design is the ability to create sculptural forms that cannot be created with other turning techniques. One of the sculptural techniques called tubular construction was made popular by Malcolm Tibbetts with the many complex tangled forms that he has created in the past ten years. The subject of this article is the construction process for a similar form which was titled Victory. If you have completed a few ring segmented bowls and vases and are ready to tackle some more complex projects, a form using some of the techniques described in this article might be for you. You will find that most of the work for this project is done off the lathe but every ring was initially created on the lathe. Hopefully this article will give you some inspiration for your own adventure in tubular sculptures.



Twisted Napkin Rings and Tea Light Holders by Andy Kuby

This is a quick project with the “you TURNED that?” factor which is based upon information from Barbara Dill and others. Create a coordinated table setting with napkins rings and tea light holders turned from the same timber.



Easy-to-Hold Crochet Hook Handle by John Wolf

You can turn a complete crochet hook from wood then carve the “hook” in its end. That is a satisfying project. My daughter, however, prefers the way a specific brand of metal hook grabs then releases the yarn. The problem with those hooks is that they are smaller in diameter than a wooden pencil. Holding that skinny shape for a period of time leads to hand fatigue. Fortunately, there is a woodturning solution. Make a wooden handle that is larger and more comfortable to hold, and then fit into it the metal hook and shaft of the purchased crochet hook.




Wood Orientation by Bill Rosener

One of the first decisions a wood turner will have to make is the orientation of the wood on the lathe.  When creating spindle profiles (such as pens, chair legs, pepper mills, baseball bats, etc.) the wood is almost always mounted so that the grain runs parallel to the bed of the lathe.  However, when turning bowls and other hollow forms, sometimes woodturners will mount the wood so that the grain runs parallel to the lathe, and other times woodturners will mount the wood so that the grain runs perpendicular to the bed of the lathe.  If you survey members of a woodturning club, you will find almost everyone uses the same terms to describe their lathe and tools.  However, ask these same members to specify the terms they use to describe the orientation of the wood – and you will find very little consistency.  Similarly, a quick search of the literature in this field shows that there is no consistent terminology to classify the orientation.  You will find terms like “faceplate turning”, “spindle turning”, “end grain turning”, “face grain turning”, “side grain turning”, “face turning”, “center work”, “turn on center”, etc.


DIY Hollowing System: Safety Driver by Paul Rohrbacher

Over the next several issues, we will show you how to build your own hollowing system. Each month, we will cover one of the following components of a system:


On the Lighter Side: Old Plaques to New Bowl by Bob Heltman

Wall plaques, like those created with engraved brass commemorations, are usually made of black walnut; although teak, mahogany, or maple (stained dark) are also used. Shapes are often in the form of a shield, but sometimes rectangular.


Meet the Turner:

Peter Stewart, Detroit area, Michigan

Test Your Knowledge:

Sanding on the Lathe

New Products:

  • JET Announces New Lathe
  • New Project Kits for the Kitchen
  • Uvex Faceshields

Questions and Answers: HSS Cutters

Product Reviews: Mate 1 & Mate 2

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for March 2016
  • Woodturning TV Star Tim Yoder Takes Over at Elbo Tool
  • WildWood Design (the Bangle Guy) is Growing!
  • Ash tree set for extinction in Europe
  • Monster Lathe Tools is Back
  • Wally Dickerson has passed away.


Lichtenberg (Fractal) Figures in Turning by Robert Bley

Editor's Note: We found the process that Robert describes below fascinating and wanted to share it with subscribers as general information. We don't expect most readers to be able to replicate this process unless they have experience working with high-voltage electricity. As always, your use of any information or materials in this magazine is entirely at your own risk.



Making a Pen Display Case by Paul Loseby

Many woodturners make and sell pens. The way that we display them often has a significant impact on how well they sell. Many of us use simple pen displays and that seems to work well, although they may not always look great. This month, Paul Loseby, an experienced turner from the UK, shows how to make your own pen display case which can dress up your selling venue. And although this display case is a "flat wood" project, most of us have the tools and skills to make it. The dimensions for the project are mostly show in mm so you may want to convert them to inches.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Making a Pen Blank From Colored Pencils by Don Ward

Editor's note: As sometimes happens, two of our regular writers had an interest in the same topic. We ran Al Miotke's tutorial on turning a segmented pencil holder using colored pencils last month. In this tutorial, Don Ward also uses colored pencils; in this case, to make a pen. When reading Al's article last month, we chuckled at the idea of a pencil holder made out of pencils. We got another laugh this month when Don decided to make a pen out of pencils! We hope you enjoy this additional way to use colored pencils as an element in your projects.




Why I Like Cupped Carbide Cutters by John Lucas

Coming from a flat woodworking background, I was familiar with carbide cutters and how they improved on edge holding for volume work. Naturally I tried things like metal cutting carbide cutters and router bits in my woodturning to see if they were any good. They did work at holding an edge and actually cut wood but it wasn’t as clean as I could get with a freshly sharpened HSS turning tool. Even out of the box they didn’t cut very cleanly. If you tried to sharpen them, the carbide particles were simply too large and fragile to take a really keen edge.


Chatter on a Hollow Form Vessel by Paul Rohrbacher

Vibration from chatter is a hot topic in the woodturning world. In the January 2016 issue of this magazine, John Wolf wrote an article about using these vibrations to your advantage. In this article, Paul Rohrbacher discusses this topic from a different perspective. This multi-part series focuses on hollow turning and the tools to reduce the occurrence of chatter.


The Unseen Health Risk of Wet Turning by Ian Salisbury

Last month, Bill Rosener wrote an article on Dust Management. In response, Ian Salisbury sent us a note about his experiences with health issues while turning wet wood. Since most woodturning safety articles deal primarily with dry wood, we asked him to share his experience and related research with us. Thanks, Ian, for bringing another important safety issue to our attention.


Meet the Turner:

Robbie Graham, Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Test Your Knowledge:

Glue and Adhesives

New Products:

  • Big Book of Pyrography Projects
  • The Beall Wood Threader 3.0
  • New Tailstock Swing Aways for Jet and Powermatic Lathes
  • The Woodshop Widget
  • Foredom releases Spring Adapter for Shaft Tools

Questions and Answers: Grain Issues

Product Reviews: Off-Center Chucking System

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Woodturning in SuperBowl Ad
  • DymaLux now available to purchase online
  • 2016 Niche Awards in the Wood: Painted/Colored Category
  • Maine 2016 Awards Announced


Segmented Pencil Holder by Al Miotke

My first thought was to write a detailed tutorial on segmented turning for those readers that were interested in trying this type of project for the first time. I quickly realized that I could not do justice to this subject in an article and there are a lot of excellent reference materials available to get anyone started. What can be somewhat confusing is evaluating the different design and assembly options that are used by various authors and segmented turners. In this tutorial, I am going to describe the steps I used to make a pencil holder that was made as a Christmas gift for my daughter who is a teacher. Along the way I will list some of the different approaches you can consider and give some personal opinions. In the end it’s up to the reader to decide what the best technique is for you. As usual, there are wrong ways but there are also many right ways to accomplish a design goal.                



Easy-to-make Turned Box with Plug Lid by Ian Salisbury

The aim of designing and making this box was to have a plug lid that would fit even if the wood expanded or contracted with changes in temperature or humidity. So often the conventional type of box lid sticks or get floppy as the ambient conditions change. The novel feature is the indigenous way of making the lid--from the wood inside the box blank, inverted to form the lid.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Spheres Anyone? (Continued from Last Month) by Don Ward

Using the Carter Perfect Sphere Jig for the first time on the 12-inch spheres may have been a mistake. I should have made a few smaller ones first to get acquainted with the tool but time was short. I was making these large spheres for a chapel being built and they were part of the millwork. So, I had to jump in and get them done. The first one took about six hours with the time for each one getting shorter with the last one taking only about four.




Making Threaded Wood Chucks by Andy Kuby

This article shows you how to make a threaded wood chuck. Using these wood chucks allows you to remove the work from the lathe for drying or other finishing work with the ability to remount the work at the same center on the original or another lathe. The sacrificial face can also be configured as a jam chuck, glue chuck or used to hold an off-center piece.


Upwards Turning Grinding for Sharpening by Paul Rohrbacher

The question to be answered is “what is the best way to sharpen your woodturning tools“? The criteria of this article is safely sharpening by removing the least amount of material on your tool.


Dust Management by Bill Rosener

Bill Rosener recently gave a demonstration on dust management to his local woodturning organization (Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association) and included a fun quiz for attendees. We asked him to share that quiz with our readers and comment a bit on the topic. So, grab a pen and some paper, make a note of your answers as you take this quiz, then see how you did! Bill’s answers provide a wealth of information on this important health topic.


Meet the Turner:

Donna Banfield, Derry, New Hampshire

New Products:

  • New tools from Jimmy Clewes
  • WOOD! Identifying and Using Hundreds of Woods Worldwide
  • Tormek introduces the SVD-186 Gouge Jig - now even smarter!
  • New Book by Binh Pho and Kevin Wallace

Questions and Answers: Dust Protection

Product Reviews: The New Nova Infinity Chuck with Quick Change Jaws

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Betty Scarpino honored at SOFA Chicago
  • 2015 Niche Awards FInalist Announced
  • In Memoriam: Walter Balliet


Turning Wood Dragonflies by David Reed Smith

In July 2015, a reader sent me an email to ask if I’d turned any other insects besides my turned ants. This got me thinking about how to do transparent wings. My first thought was to start with the almost clear plastic Dannon uses for 1-quart yogurt lids. After scratching some “veins” in with an awl and misting the wing with metallic paint it didn’t look bad, so I thought I’d try and make some dragonflies. I thought it would be a fairly simple project, and it would have been if I hadn’t gotten trapped in a black hole of variations on how to make the wings, legs, and eyes. I spent so much time on the variations that I ended up using them for the Christmas ornaments I give to family and friends.



Fun with Mushrooms by John Lucas

I have been out of my shop for six months after moving. I really really wanted to get back on the lathe so even though the new shop wasn’t done, the lathe was in there standing in the corner begging me to play with it. I wanted to design a very simple fun project that had a lot of possibilities. I thought mushrooms in lots of different shapes offered some fun opportunities, so I got to work. 



The Pen Turner's Corner: Spheres Anyone? by Don Ward

A friend who owns a cabinet and millwork business called and asked if I could make spheres. “Sure”, I said. He had seen some of the smaller ones I had made: up to seven inches in diameter. “Can you turn 12 inch spheres? ”, he asked.  He needed six spheres and one half-sphere and they had to be “identical”.




DIY Chuck Holding System by Paul Rohrbacher

Using a scroll chuck on your wood lathe is a wonderful way to hold your turning projects. But if you decide to reverse your lathe to take advantage of right side hollowing or even something as simple as reverse sanding, things can quickly go horribly wrong if your chuck starts to loosen and unscrew. In an attempt to address this issue, several manufacturers have installed grub screws on the back of their chucks which fit into a shallow recess in the lathe spindle to help stop this problem. But if your chuck is not so equipped or you want additional support, what do you do?


Attending Regional Symposia by John Tarpley

Most of us have been to at least one of the AAW’s annual international symposia. They are fun, they feature the best turners in the world, and they are usually held in places that offer interesting sight-seeing for those who plan extended stays. But what about the regional symposia that are cropping up everywhere these days? In this month’s Events listing, we highlight eleven different regional symposia that will be held in the United States in 2016. Are they worth the expense and time away from home/work? John Tarpley thinks so, and tells us why in his review of a popular regional symposium: Turning Southern Style. He walks you through last year’s event in detail, so you can make your own decision!


On the Lighter Side: Chucking Chinquapin Chestnut by Bob Heltman

Back in 2010 my Good Wife’s friend, Sue M., asked for help in taking down some “house knocker” trees, and a Chinquapin Chestnut tree in her back yard. This type of chestnut (Castanea pumila) grows to about 30 feet, can be quite bushy, and has a  specific gravity dried of .46 (maple .63, oak .68). The tree produces hundreds of edible nuts covered by a difficult shell studded by very stiff bristles…like a mad porcupine.


Meet the Turner:

Andrew Chen, College Station, TX

New Products:

  • Glenn Lucas DVD: Dublin Viking Bowl
  • Hampshire Sheen
  • Handy Hand Sander
  • The Original Bee's Wax Spray

Questions and Answers: Hollowing with the pith in the wood

Product Reviews: New SC3 and SC4 Chucks from Record Power

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Lyle Jamieson now Representing Robust Lathes
  • 2016 AAW Symposium Hotel Reservations Now Open
  • 2016 Segmented Turners Symposium now Open for Registration
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2016


Let's get Dizzy by Al Miotke

The techniques for making a bowl from a single board (called BFB, or bowl-from-a-board, in the segmented turning world) have been known for a long time. It’s a very efficient method for making a bowl with minimal use of wood and with some creative use of different woods and it can get very attractive results. In recent years this technique has been taken to new levels with the creation of what is commonly called a dizzy bowl. 



Turning a Segmented Peppermill by Jason Swanson

A hand-turned peppermill is a great conversation piece when guests come to dinner. They also make great gifts. And they are relatively easy to make, using the various kits available these days. For this tutorial, I am using the Artisan Series Peppermill kit from Craft Supplies USA.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Screwdriver Handle by Don Ward

I think most turners started much the same way I did. We put a “spindle” between centers and started making it round learning how to use the various tools. Once comfortable with tool use and possibly after formal or informal lessons we drift away from spindle turning to making bowls, boxes and other forms. Some of us drift to penturning, which is basic spindle turning. Boxes, bowls and hollow forms are much more fun, although I have a passion for making pens. But, spindle turning can be fun and produce some practical items. No, not stair spindles or porch columns, although these are a possibility, but smaller practical items like tool handles. And, not just wood workers' tools but many other tools such as kitchen tools and other household tools.




What is chatter and how can you use it to your advantage? by John Wolf

At my last turning club meeting a person who is new to turning asked why his spindle turning sometimes turned out rough. He said “the tool seems to vibrate and leave an uneven surface. It even made a funny noise when cutting.”


Immerse Yourself in Woodturning by Beth Ireland

In the “New and Hot” section last month, we listed several woodturning schools that had just released their 2016 catalogs. While most of those schools offer short-term courses and programs, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine offers a more intense learning experience. We asked Beth Ireland, Lead Instructor for their Turning Intensive program, to comment on the value of this kind of immersion instruction, and to tell us a bit about the Center and its programs—particularly the Turning Intensive program for woodturners.


Making an Inexpensive Lathe Light with a Magnetic Base by Andy Kuby

The little IKEA LED gooseneck lamp (JANSJÖ) is incredibly useful around the shop, and most of us have more than one. Here’s how I make an inexpensive lathe lamp using the IKEA light fixture and a magnetic base for a dial indicator (Grizzly Part H3328).


Meet the Turner:

Bill Ooms, North of Prescott, AZ

New Products:

  • NOVA Galaxi DVR 1624-44 Lathe
  • Bushing Kits For CBN Grinding Wheels
  • New Powermatic PM2244 Drum Sander

Questions and Answers: Working with Burls

Product Reviews: Making Rings DVD