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Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Early Registration at Arrowmont now open
  • Another old tree gone
  • Last month for CONTEMPORARY WOOD LIGHTING exhibit
  • Center for Art in Wood Residency Program
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for November 2017


Celtic Knot Turning by John Lucas

A month ago, Les Black gave an excellent demo on turning Celtic Knots for our club (Mid Tenn Woodturning Association). I had not done any for about 15 years or more and it got me all excited about doing them again. I turned a few Christmas ornaments to re-learn the technique and received a lot of good responses. Dennis asked if I would do an article for More Woodturning Magazine and I thought it would be a good chance to really explore the techniques. Here are the ornaments with the Celtic Knots so you will know what we are talking about.   



Dinner Bell Salt and Pepper Shakers by Robin Costelle

This is a variation on my Christmas Bell tutorial that appeared in the December 2016 edition. The idea was given to me by Ian Salisbury. He even sent a wonderful sketch that I lost, but I remember enough about it to try this project. Many thanks to Ian for a wonderful idea.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Last Minute Gift Ideas by Don Ward

It is now December and most of the shows and craft fairs will be ending soon. Our focus will turn to our individual holiday plans such as looking for last minute gifts, thinking of last minute gift ideas for ourselves, maybe wishing we could turn something other than another pen. Instead of the usual pen-making tutorial this month, here's a list of some gift ideas in two categories: kits to help you turn last-minute non-pen items for others, and pen-turning tools and jigs that you might want to add to your personal holiday list.




Using Decals with Woodturnings by John Tarpley

Woodturners are always looking for new ways to add interest and additional value to their work. Decals are another way this can be done. They can be useful to add visual interest, to personalize the item for the recipient, to add logos or an organization’s information, and to identify your work. I began using decals as a way to add text and graphics to both wooden and clear cast pens. Since then I have found them useful for bowls, bottle stoppers, and other items. In this article I will use the creation of an identification decal which I use to sign my work as an example of how decals can be created. Additionally, I will show other uses for decals and hopefully stimulate your interest in this useful addition to your work. Decals are easy to make and do not require the purchase of expensive equipment. While it is certainly possible to create decals by drawing and hand lettering, it is much easier and quicker to use a computer and printer. If you find decals useful, you may want to acquire some software to allow you to easily create drawings and do lettering. Depending upon the decal, I may use several different programs such as Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop Elements, a drawing program, or Inkscape which is a freeware program available to download from the Internet. I know that sometimes the biggest obstacle in trying a new technique is its cost or, in the case of software, the time required to learn the software (which may not be useful if you decide not to pursue the technique). Therefore, for this article I will use Microsoft Word, not because I recommend it for creating graphics, but because it is a program that most people have and already use so you can try making decals without acquiring or learning any new software.


Turning a Drinking Cup by John Wolf

My woodturning club had a fun project this past fall. One of the members owns an orchard and commercial cider pressing facility. He brought free cider to the October club meeting BUT (there is always a “but”) in order to have any, the member had to bring a cup he or she turned. There were quite a range of sizes and types of drinking vessels present. This is one fairly simple method for making a cup.


On the Lighter Side: Red Bud Tree Experiment by Bob Heltman

About 10 years ago we planted three red bud trees, one at the end of our long porch. See Photo #1.


Meet the Turner:

Kristin LeVier, Moscow, Idaho

Test Your Knowledge:

Holiday Woodturnings

New Products:

  • Stainless Steel Rulers from Tim Yoder
  • The Little Hogger by AZ Carbide
  • Olmsted Ballpoint Pen by Berea Hardwoods
  • Mini Easy-Core Coring System by Oneway
  • Ball Gouge by Arbortech
  • Christmas Ornament Kits by Craft Supplies
  • New and Improved AccuRight® Circle Cutter by Carter Products
  • Rosewoods of the World Poster by The Wood Database

Questions and Answers: Multi-Axis Turning

Product Reviews: Speed Center Finders and Rulers

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Has the Emerald Ash Borer invaded your state?
  • Gateway Turners Pool their Resources
  • Rainforest destroyed by Hurricane Maria
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for October 2017


Themed Snow People by David Reed Smith

Some time ago (according to the capture date on a photo I have it was 1999) I made a set of snowman ornaments. This year I thought I would revisit snowmen, but I wanted to upgrade them. I thought I could do better than puff paint for the nose, eyes, and buttons. I wanted sturdier assembly methods than hot-melt glue. Although the twigs I used for arms looked cute, they proved sub-optimal at surviving storage. But mostly I wanted to do themes. I thought I could change the hat, make posable arms of 12-gauge black aluminum wire, and add various accessories to change the look. I started with sports themes such as baseball and football players and skiers. I branched out into occupations, avocations and even horror movies and hula dancers. I ended up with quite a few, as you can see if you visit my SnowPeople Gallery.  Even if I staged a coup and took over the whole magazine there wouldn’t be room to detail how to make all of them, so I’ll just show making a baseball SnowPerson at bat.



Turn a Holiday Tree with Bark on the Base by Robin McIntyre

These trees are crowd pleasers--a great gift for the holidays although many people display them all year long. They sell well at craft fairs. The trees are a nice turning that really shows where it came from--a tree limb! It is important to find a limb with tight bark, assuming you want to keep the bark on the base. Use dry wood to minimize checking since you will be including the pith in the turning. Use a branch that is relatively straight, although it does not need to be symmetrical. Any size blank is possible to use but 7-8" is a good length for your first attempt at this project.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Pens from Ancient Kauri and Using a PSI Mandrel Saver by Don Ward

This month, I will cover two topics: Turning Ancient Kauri Wood and How to Use the PSI Mandrel Saver.




Making an Interchangeable Tool Handle by John Wolf

A friend purchased a new tool – a bowl gouge – and wanted a handle for it. He asked my opinion about several brands of purchased tool handles because he knew I had several different ones. My response was “Why not make one!”


Understanding Hot Melt Glue for the Woodturner by Dick Veitch

Hot melt glue is one of the many excellent tools available to help the woodturner. Some may never use it; others from time-to-time; some when they have a difficult remount to turn; and others use hot melt glue as the only way to mount work on the lathe. It is well worth a little study of its makeup and habits to help it work as you wish.


Hammer nut cracker by Ian Salisbury

In England, we have the tradition/ritual of having nuts at Christmas. Typically, we use one of two types of nut crackers. One type looks like pliers. You put the nut between the two levers and apply pressure at the end of the levers, and squeeze. The nut cracks, the levers close (often pinching your fingers), and, if you eat a lot of nuts like I do, you could end up with sore fingers or maybe even blisters. The other kind uses a screw-type design, which is not much better. Every time I use the screw-type cracker I imagine the nut groaning and squealing as it submits to the pressure and finally splits open. I feel like I have just used a medieval torture device. I began to wonder if there was a different way. A way of making the process simple and quick, giving the nut a quick death.


Meet the Turner:

Sally Ault, San Diego, CA

Test Your Knowledge:


New Products:

  • Woodturning Greeting Card
  • Artisan Comfort Ring Core
  • Marine Corp Logo - Pen Inlay Kit
  • Retractable Compact Saw Knife
  • Updated Bottle Stopper Mandrel for 1 1/4 Inch Spindle
  • Emil Milan: Midcentury Master Book
  • The Micro Reverse Chucky
  • Double 9 D Tool Rest

Questions and Answers: Turning Large Wood Safely

Product Reviews: Oregon Electric Chainsaw Review

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Another roadblock for table saw safety intervention
  • JPW Industries has been sold
  • Burning Man disaster
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for September 2017


Ring-Turned Flags by Tod Raines

What do I mean by 'ring' turning? I am not turning rings for your finger. This technique refers to turning shapes in a ring form on the lathe and then cutting them out on a bandsaw. I have done some ring turning previously and this idea came to me after reading a bit more about it.



Making Threaded Knobs by John Lucas

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m always making all sorts of jigs or stands for the shop. Consequently, I need threaded knobs to hold the pieces so they can be adjusted or locked down. It’s pretty easy to simply buy them online but then you have to wait a day or two or more and pay a ridiculous amount of shipping to send you five threaded knobs. I guess when it gets right down to it, I’m just cheap. I also like to make them so I can play on the lathe. I have lots of screws, T-nuts, and threaded inserts. I try to keep them in stock in various sizes so I can build the jigs I need.  



The Pen Turner's Corner: No Bushings Pen Turning by Don Ward

Yes, it is possible to turn a pen without a set of bushings. Many pen-turners turn their pens this way as their go-to method of turning a pen. The main reason would be to solve the out-of-round pens problem  which seem to plague many pen-turners who use bushings and mandrels. The term TBC or "turning between centers" is often used for this style of pen turning. Special bushings are available for turning between centers but this article will deal with turning between centers without using bushings.




Adding Decoration on the Lathe with a Router by John Wolf

Most of us who have turned for a while reach a point of “what do I do next.” One “next step” is to use a router to enhance, modify or otherwise change the basic shape you've created on the lathe. This additional work with the router can be accomplished with the turned piece still on the lathe or with it off the lathe and usually held in some other type of fixture. Spend some time cruising about the internet looking for these devices. They show a wide range of creativity. It is also fairly easy to make fixtures to accomplish many of the things you wish to make without purchasing that 4-axis CNC mill you've been looking at.


Wood Turnings are like Zucchini by Mike Stafford

On virtually every wood turning forum, eventually someone will ask how everyone else either sells or otherwise disposes of their excess wood turnings. It can be far easier to turn pieces of wood into useful and decorative objects than it is to get rid of those same turnings.  Every wood turner has this problem sooner or later. I equate this problem to the problem a gardener has in getting rid of his excess zucchini.


On the Lighter Side: Weeping Cherry #2 - REAL Weeping by Bob Heltman

Earlier I wrote about a 4-foot log of weeping cherry and my experiences working up a nice bowl. This story deals with a second blank cut from that log.


Meet the Turner:

Jim Scarsella, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Test Your Knowledge:

What is this?

New Products:

  • Saburrtooth adds Smaller Flame Cutter to Family
  • JUMBO Chucky by Rubber Chucky
  • FACE-OFF (TM) Lathe Faceplate Mounts by Carter Products
  • Nova Titan III by Teknatool
  • Cardinal Ornament from Rubber Chucky
  • Speed Center Finders by Tim Yoder

Questions and Answers: Preventing Catches through Tool Control

Product Reviews: Nova Titan III

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Binh Pho passes on
  • News from Arrowmont
  • Robust Tools Open House
  • Winners of the 2017 TURNING TO THE FUTURE competition announced
  • Monster Lathe Tools Closes
  • Center for Art in Wood's Executive Director steps down
  • New reality TV show for crafters coming soon
  • Baseball Bat Dilemma
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for August 2017


Layered Segmented Miniature Bowls by Earl Martin

I have enjoyed seeing Jim McPhail’s miniature layered bowls. However, I wanted to do something a little different. I decided that turning a miniature layered bowl with a segmented center would be a nice variation on Jim’s technique. My problem was that I did not want to invest the time in cutting, fitting and gluing segmented pieces together to create a segmented center band.



Turning a Tealight Holder from Scrapwood by Jason Swanson

I turn lots of peppermills and saltmills from segmented staves. I really love the way that I can match the colors to create beautiful turnings. But I end up with lots of remains from the turning process. I needed to figure out how to take the best advantage of this wonderful scrapwood. Follow along as I show you how I use some of this scrap wood to turn a tea light.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a One-Piece Cigar Pen by Don Ward

The South West Association of Turners’  (aka SWAT) symposium for 2017 is now history. I will have more news from SWAT in a later article. I met several More Woodturning Magazine readers and, more importantly, readers of my articles. Thanks for the positive comments and encouragement. Emails are welcome with comments or suggestions for future topics. Email me directly or via the More Woodturning Magazine website.




Pen-Blank Drilling Jig by Raymond Sprouse

Use this jig to securely hold your pen blank while drilling a perfect center hole all the way through your blank. This jig ensures that your drill bit will not exit the side of your pen blank and removes your fingers from the danger zone of your drill press.


Perfect Circle Template by Dick Veitch

You will need a Perfect Circle Template to determine the outside shape when making a sphere to a predetermined diameter or getting part of a turning to look spherical. Then you may need all or part of a smaller circle if the curve inside the work is to match the curve outside.


On the Lighter Side: Turning a Two-Handed File Handle from Rare Chinese Wax Wood by Bob Heltman

The wood from White Wax Wood saplings has been prized in China for thousands of years. It is an ideal material from which to fashion fighting rods, spear shafts, and walking sticks, because it is tough, hard, flexible, and can absorb shock without breaking.


Meet the Turner:

Bruce Berger, Westlake Village, CA

Test Your Knowledge:

Pen Turning

New Products:

  • CBN Lathe Mandrels from WoodTurners Wonders
  • New Concave Cutters by Saburrtooth
  • South Florida Woods by Brian A. Seguin
  • Micro Tools from Easywood Tools
  • New Bottle Stopper Mandrel
  • Two New Pen Kits from Kallenshaan Woods

Questions and Answers: Keeping Faceshields Clean

Product Reviews: Baxter’s Thread Master

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • A Woodturning Poem
  • Two Popular Woodturning Symposia next month
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for July 2017


Really! Making hollow forms without hollowing tools by Al Miotke

I am often asked how I get such a nice looking finish on the inside of my segmented hollow forms. Others want to know what type of hollowing tools I use. There are also forms that appear to be impossible to hollow. So how is it accomplished? The answer to all these questions is a result of not using any hollowing tools on these segmented designs. If you are not familiar with how that is done, this article is for you. I will explain the process I use to turn a hollow form in two parts. We’ll discuss how to make sure the final product has good form, and how to accurately align the pieces for final attachment.  Although this article focuses on a segmented design, this same basic process can be used with solid wood turning. I will cover a few of the differences at the end of the article. 



Turning a Three-Pointed Bowl by Robin McIntyre

Like many turners, I have turned a number of bowls over the years and have looked for ways to enhance my bowls. I had the opportunity to see Mark St. Leger demonstrate his small rocking boxes, which served as an inspiration for turning a three-pointed bowl.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Hidden or Recessed clips by Don Ward

In a previous article I outlined how to make a pen with many of the parts made from wood. The clip end had a wooden finial and the clip ring was exposed on one example and hidden in a recess in another choice. I really like the hidden clip look with only the clip itself exposed. How else could this be executed other than cutting a recess in the end of the blank, cutting a relief slot for the clip and then plugging the end with a finial made from wood?  There is another method to “hide the clip” or “recess the clip.” The clip is not actually hidden, so I consider recessing the clip a better choice of terminology. Only the finial ring is hidden or recessed inside the pen barrel.




Top-Rated Woodturning Books by Staff

Ever wonder what the best woodturning books are? Here is Amazon’s list, based upon readers’ recommendations. We’ve included the Amazon description as well as the rating given by readers and the number of reviews the rating was based upon. The rating system is a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 as the highest. We reduced the list to include books earning a recommendation of 4.5 or above with a minimum of 15 reviews. While some have been out there for a while, they were all still in print at the time of publication. If that has since changed, they should be easily available in the used-book market. (Click on any image to be directed to the Amazon page for more information).


Turn your own Egg and Egg Cup by Dick Veitch

This combination egg and egg cup would look great in your kitchen!


On the Lighter Side: Frugalizing Your Woodturning by Bob Heltman

To be FRUGAL is to economize, to eliminate unnecessary expense. It can also mean: canny, careful, meticulous, prudent, stingy, thrifty, abstemious, chary, conserving, discreet, meager, mingy, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penny-wise, preserving, provident, saving, scrimping, sparing, spartan, tight, tightwad, unwasteful, and downright CHEAP!


Meet the Turner:

Marty Kaminsky, San Leon, Texas

Test Your Knowledge:

Embellishments to your Wood Turnings

New Products:

  • Spartan CBN Wheels from WoodTurners Wonders
  • Ball Nose Carving Cutters by Saburrtooth
  • New book: GUILLOCHÉ: A History and Practical Manual
  • Live Center Alternative Cones by Rubber Chucky
  • Woodturning Patterns: 80+ Designs for the Workshop, Garden, and Every Room in the House
  • Policeman's Ballpoint Pen Kit from Berea Hardwoods

Questions and Answers: Boiling Wood

Product Reviews: New DVD Reviews

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • SWAT Woodturning Symposium
  • Turnabout--Women at the Lathe Exhibit
  • Lawsuits over lumber size descriptions
  • New Powermatic 3520C Coming Soon
  • SawStop to be acquired by TTS Tooltechnic Systems
  • Newly Announced Locations of Upcoming AAW Symposia
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for June 2017


Turned and Nested Drink Coasters by David Reed Smith

My wife asked for more coasters.  We have a nice quartet of square glass ones I had gotten at the ACC (American Craft Council) Craft Fair years ago, but we had hidden one of them from ourselves.  I thought the square ones were more interesting than plain round ones and knew I could easily make them square by using waste wood and temporary joints.  I also decided to mimic the little plastic feet on the bottom of the corners of the glass coasters by turning a bead on the bottom, out near the corners, and did a prototype.  The prototype turned out reasonably well except you couldn’t really tell there was an undercut bead on the corners when the coaster was right side up.  While looking at the prototype, it dawned on me that if I adjusted the inner diameter of the feet and cut the inside of the foot vertically, then the coasters would nest when stacked into an eight-pointed star.



Designing and Turning Laminated Wood by Frank Penta

Creating laminated wood is simple, fun and extremely satisfying. Laying out patterns with different available woods is like being back in the third grade playing with colors. It is an opportunity to let your imagination run wild.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Hexagonal Pen Barrels by Don Ward

Penn State Industries introduced the Vertex pens a couple of years ago. The metal nib and clip ends have hexagon sections. Ever since I first made one of the vertex click pens I though how nice it would look if the barrel had a hexagon shape as well. The vertex pens are available in a click version as well as rollerballs and fountain pen. The rollerballs and fountain pens have magnetic caps. The cap easily posts magnetically onto the nib and back of the pen without the use of threads. The vertex pens can be seen on the PSI website at




Photographing your Art Work - Part 1 by John Lucas

Many people find themselves needing better quality images to display on the web or enter juried craft shows. I worked for Tennessee Tech University as a photographer for 26 years. The Appalachian Center for Crafts was part of our school so I got to shoot a lot of artwork--everything from jewelry and knives, to glass, ceramic, fiber and lots of furniture and turning. I did a lot of research on what it takes to get my artist-clients into the top shows and into magazines and books and was quite successful at this. I also taught my clients and others how to photograph their work using inexpensive equipment. I will try to explain some simple techniques in this article and then follow this with another article or two on more advanced techniques.


Art from Artifacts--the JFK Summer White House project by Robin McIntyre

May 30 marked what would have been the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, JFK is revered not only as our 35th President, former Congressman, world/national/state leader, but also as a neighbor. 


On the Lighter Side: Encasing a Widow's Mite by Bob Heltman

Some months back--last year actually--I was given a bunch of OLD wall plaques. I made a few bowls, after gluing three or more plaques together, a pencil holder, and a couple of shallow dresser top trays for keys, etc.


Meet the Turner:

Michael Alguire, Datil, New Mexico

Test Your Knowledge:

Ornamental Turning

New Products:

  • Woodturner PRO announces Segment PRO
  • Four-inch Flat Disc Cutters from Saburrtooth Tools
  • Lathe Track Rack System with Super Nova Lamp by Woodturners Wonders
  • New, Smaller Threaded Brass Inserts by Rick Brantley
  • DVD: Coloring and Scratching the Surface by Trent Bosch
  • Wonder Weave Pro Net Sanding Discs from WoodTurners Wonders

Questions and Answers: Figurative Turnings

Product Reviews: Tapered Deep Hollowing System

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Volunteer opportunity
  • Ron Campbell Purchases Arizona Carbide
  • Small Treasures 2017 - Online Exhibition Now Live
  • Carter & Son Partners with Professional Turners
  • Woodturner creates award for Salem Film Festival
  • In Memoriam: Jack de Vos
  • Trent Bosch announces new Tools Web Site
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for May 2017


Casting Light On Custom Mold Making by Raymond Sprouse

Finding fresh ideas and materials for pens and bottle stoppers can be a challenge. Although natural wood has always been my favorite medium, I am constantly keeping an eye out for something new and unique to turn. I have created turning blanks using materials such as paper, rotting or nearly unusable wood, pine cones, plastics, antler, and images printed on paper using an ordinary inkjet printer to create unique and exciting new products.  Creating many of these turning blanks listed above required the use of a custom made silicone mold and polyester resin to cast the material into a usable medium. There are some molds for sale on the market today that will cast pen and bottle stopper blanks. However, these can get pricey, and more importantly, none of them seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. 



Tea Light Candle Holder by Robin McIntyre

These tea light candle holders are easy projects that make great gifts. And because they don't take much wood, they would be a great use for some of the pricier exotic woods you may have been thinking of purchasing.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Slimline Modification--The DonLine by Don Ward

Have you ever wondered how a pen would look with a certain species of wood or acrylic? Or, do you wish you had a way to preview the look of a pen before it was made? Well, now previewing is possible. Check out the software on the Penn State website. The software is called “Pen Design Studio”. It is located above the current revolver pen ad and to the right of the “search” feature. Or, just follow this link: .




Turning with Disabilities by Staff

"You can't do this, it's never been done." That was the initial reaction from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts when Andi Sullivan applied to take a woodturning class at their facility. They had never had a blind woodturner before. But she persisted and was accepted, and did well, and has been back several times since.


Fire-setting a tool in the handle by John Lucas

I make a lot of my own tools and tool handles. I have been asked many times how I make a handle for a file with a tapered tang. Over the years, I have found that there are two ways to do it.


On the Lighter Side: Backing into Design Features by Bob Heltman

Some months ago I received some old wall plaques, ostensibly made of walnut and usually with an engraved brass commemorative plate on the front. I glued some together and made a couple bowls. So far they have held together and are appreciated by their owners. HOWEVER, I noticed that separations at the glue joints sometimes happened. Photo #1 shows the latest example. Of course, the brass plaques were removed along with their teeny-tiny screws.


Meet the Turner:

Charlie Hamilton, Richmond, VA

Test Your Knowledge:

Turning Products and Suppliers

New Products:

  • Two New Products by Rubber Chucky
  • Acute Dove Tail Cutter by Saburrtooth Tools
  • Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burner by Conestoga Works
  • Introducing the #501 and #503 Stainless Steel Bottle Stoppers by Stainless Steel Bottlestoppers
  • Three new inlay pen kits from Kallenshaan Woods
  • The New Improved Elio Safe Drive by the Woodturning Tool Store

Questions and Answers: Wax on turning blanks

Product Reviews: Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burner

   May 2017

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • In Memoriam: Liam Flynn
  • Giant commemorative platter
  • Patent issued for Black Hole Dust Catcher
  • New Woodturning Vendor - Woodturning Tool Store
  • New use for coat hangers
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2017


The Toy Soldier's Wife by Dennis Daudelin

I recently turned a toy soldier. It was my entry into my local woodworking club’s annual 2x4x8 contest. Based on the rules, I was only allowed to use a single 2x4x8 for the piece. It took me a while and several layouts to create my design. I had to make several glue-ups and then I turned, sanded, and painted the soldier. He is one foot tall.



Turning an Acorn Birdhouse by Frank Penta

An acorn birdhouse makes an attractive mantle or Christmas tree ornament. It can be turned from a variety of contrasting woods and enhanced by gluing a small bird on its perch. I also use laminated wood to make them colorful. See the photos at the bottom of the article. I spend approximately one hour turning the birdhouse, from roughing out the blanks to buffing the finished piece.



The Pen Turner's Corner: A Slimline Modification: The Challenge Pen by Don Ward

I often get the question, “What pen should I make next since I’ve made several slimlines?” My answer is always something to the effect that if all you’ve made is slimlines per the instructions then you have not explored all the slimline kit has to offer. Yes, other kits can be modified or customized but not like the slimline. The slimline kit is an excellent kit for customizing or modifying. It is very forgiving and versatile. Skills and techniques learned from experimenting with the slimline kit can be transferred to other kits.




Taking the Puzzle out of Pen Decals by Raymond Sprouse

Personalizing a pen dramatically changes the appearance and value of the pen. Simply adding that little extra something changes that pen from a writing instrument, to a treasured personal item. In this article, I will demonstrate my method of adding decals to a pen. These decals can have names, logos, and pictures. With a little imagination, the sky’s the limit. This process is simple and requires little more than an inkjet or laser printer and some water decal paper. In this article, I will create a decal and add it to a buckeye burl pen blank on a Magnetic Graduate pen kit. Also in this article, I will show some other decal pens to give you a better idea of what can be done with this technique.


Turning a Saturn Box by Dick Veitch

With its spherical shape and the slanted angle on the rim, this "Saturn box" design adds interest and fun to a typical box project.


When a traditional home shop no longer works by Staff

Life keeps changing, and we know we have to “go with the flow”. But what if those changes involve having to give up a traditional home wood shop? Maybe we make the decision to downsize and move to a condo. Or we decide to become snowbirds and spend a good part of the year in warmer climates, in housing that does not include a woodshop. Or maybe we just decide it is time to put the cars in the garage! Many creative woodturners have found ways to keep on turning. Larry Fox took his shop with him when he traveled. Beth Ireland took her woodturning classes on the road. Other turners have found arts and craft collaboratives that offer space for rent, and many snowbirds have sought out communities with shared woodshops. Here’s a look at five of these unique solutions.


Meet the Turner:

Gene Kelly, Sacramento, CA

Test Your Knowledge:

Segmented Woodturning Quiz

New Products:

  • Koozie Kits from Woodcraft
  • Brass Threaded Inserts by Rick Brantley
  • Stop Block Enhancement by Flute Master
  • Survival Ballpoint Pen by Berea
  • Woodburning Realistic People: Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Perfect Portraits of People
  • Pocket Duct Tape from Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: Sharpening a skew

Product Reviews: The Drozda Cygnet Mini-Hollower Tool

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2017
  • Arbor Day is April 29
  • NICHE Magazine Announces Finalists for Woodturning
  • Call for entries: Wharton Esherick Museum Woodworking Competition
  • 2017 POP winners at the Gallery of Wood Art


Turn a Bag Clip by David Reed Smith

A bag clip is a utilitarian object that from an economic standpoint makes no sense at all to make yourself. No matter how trivial a value you place on your time, for the value of making one of these bag clips you could buy a bagful of plastic clips. Or stop by an office supply store for a bunch of binder clips. Or, for that matter, get by for free by saving the rubber bands that hold bunches of broccoli together (yes, of course you should eat your broccoli).



Turn a Pot-Maker for the Gardener in your Family by Andy Kuby

With the beginning of gardening season at hand, getting a head start on your seedlings should be a priority. Here’s a time-tested appliance that makes seedling pots from ordinary newspaper.  You could buy one on Amazon, but why not be ecologically responsible and make one yourself from the recycled wood in the back of your shop?



Pen Turner’s Corner: Stabilizing Wood at Home using Cactus Juice by Don Ward

This month, I want to explain how you can stabilize wood at home. I will often stabilize soft woods, spalted wood, and punky pen blanks which makes otherwise useless pieces of wood quite suitable for pen making. Some of the nicest blanks I have used were really soft punky or spalted wood pen blanks. It is really nice to have a system to use in my shop that will make these blanks useful and beautiful without having to send them to a commercial stabilizing company.




Exploring Color with Metal Reactive Paint by Sam Angelo

Several years ago I discovered VerDay Paint offered by Ten Second Studio. Their paint system allows you to create surfaces that have a patina that looks like brass, iron, copper, or bronze.


A Wavy One-Winged Bowl by Dick Veitch

For your first one-winged bowl I suggest you start with a block of medium density wood about 2 x 3 x 8 inches. This should be a perfect rectangle or the feet may end up uneven.  Future variations may utilize different shapes or include natural edges.


How to Keep your Lathe Alive by Angelo Schembari

This set of procedures originally appeared on the Hudson Valley Woodturners website. Our thanks to author Angelo Schembari and club president Jeff Knichel for permission to share it with our readers.


Meet the Turner:

Harvey Crouch, Corpus Christi, Texas

Test Your Knowledge:

Who's Who in Woodturning

New Products:

  • Mother of Pearl and Crystal Calcite Inlay from Imaginlay
  • Worldwide Woods, Ranked by Hardness Poster
  • Fireman Pens from Berea Hardwoods
  • Mega Square CBN by Woodturners Wonders
  • Band Saw Tension Gauge by Monarch Industrial
  • Set of Three Carbide-Tipped Turning Tools From Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: Thin Spindle Turning

Product Reviews: The NOVA DVR XP Control Panel Upgrade

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Woodturning Workshops
  • Woodturner Exhibitors at the Smithsonian Craft Fair
  • Wood Art Expo announces 2017 winners
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2017


Multi-Generation Laminations by Al Miotke

If you are looking for a segmenting challenge, give a multi-generation feature ring a try. Starting with a simple lamination followed by good planning, and precise cutting, the possibilities are endless. The second generation design shown above will be explained in detail along with the tools and techniques required so you can create your own unique designs.



Making a Segmented Stave Box by Jason Swanson

Many of you know that I make peppermills from segmented staves. I demonstrated how to do this in a previous More Woodturning Magazine article (January 2016). Typical of many woodturners, I save all my cut-offs rather than throwing them out, knowing that someday I can come up with a useful purpose for every one of them. Today, I'm going to make a turned lidded box from one of the peppermill end cuts.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning Closed-End Rollerball and Fountain Pens by Don Ward

Last month I explored several ways to hold a pen blank, with a blind hole, from which to turn a closed-end pen (Click here to read the article). This month I will explain some of the ”behind the scenes” planning needed prior to turning Rollerball and Fountain Pens. I will discuss things such as the blank’s length, the holes to be drilled and how long they should be, and other nuances of turning a closed-end pen. The drilled hole must not only accommodate the pen tube but also the rollerball refill, the cartridge or the converter for a fountain pen. The hole for a fountain pen is the most forgiving but the hole for a rollerball must be spot on for the rollerball refill. Then, I will chronicle the actual turning of a couple of closed-end pens.




A Woodturning Retreat by Staff

Most of us have had the pleasure of attending a woodturning symposium, workshop, or class. We look over the various catalogs from the woodworking schools, check out the events listings here in More Woodturning Magazine, and look forward to attending a symposium or two each year. But wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to travel to have a multi-day learning event?


Commissionaire Box by Dick Veitch

This box was adapted from Chris Stott's Commissionaire Box, which is Box 40 in his book Turned Boxes: 50 Designs (see photo 1). In his book, Chris says the name for the box came from an observation by the person who drew the plans for his book (Alan Neal). Alan said the profile looked like a commissionaire's hat. Judge for yourself from the two photos below!


New CWA President: John Beaver by Staff

Editor’s note: If you have been turning for a while, you most likely know John Beaver.  John has received many awards (including a coveted first place Niche award in 2012 and 2015), has taught at several of the well-known woodworking schools, conducts workshops and demonstrations at clubs and symposia across the country and internationally, and is the author of many published articles. He has contributed to this magazine in two ways: first in a “Meet the Turner” artist profile in September of 2015 and again as the author of one of our most popular articles: “Photography and Woodturning: From the Specifics to the Inspirational” in our August 2016 edition.


Meet the Turner:

Keith Gotschall, Salida, Colorado

Test Your Knowledge:

Wood Species

New Products:

  • The AXE: New Carbide Turning Tools by Carter Products
  • New Concave Cutter with 1/8 Inch Shank from Saburrtooth
  • Spot On Double Stop Caliper from Woodturners Wonders
  • Vacuum Cone Sets from Rubber Chucky
  • New Jet 1836 Drum Sander
  • Revolver Pen Kit from Penn State Industries
  • New release: Woodturning Techniques--Furniture and Cabinet Making
  • Knives you can lose from Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: More on Sanding

Product Reviews: AXE Carbide Turning Tools

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Woodturning teachers may be eligible for free AAW Symposium registration
  • 2018 Norway Woodturning Cruise--Now Booking
  • Gift Idea
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for January 2017


Turning a Turkey Pot Call by Mike Stafford

Woodturners sometimes get asked to make unusual things when people learn of their hobby. Such was the case when a friend to whom I owe many favors mentioned in conversation that I should try my hand at turning a turkey pot call. I told him I didn’t know the first thing about turkey calls. I don’t hunt and haven’t hunted in almost 50 years. I don’t have anything against hunting; it is just not something I do.



Turning a Square Laminated Plate by Frank Penta

For many years, I have used 4/4 (1 inch thick) wood to turn lazy susans and recently acquired more aesthetically pleasing 4/4 wood. I got to wondering what else besides lazy susans could be turned with 4/4 wood. I discovered that turning square plates with thin wood inserts and strips of lamination was a fun and exciting way to use my 4/4 wood. The wooden plates have been very well received.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Closed-End Pens by Don Ward

Turning closed-end pens is usually one of the steps one takes to start getting away from strictly kit pens. Closed-end pens are one way to start modifying kits to make them a bit more unique.




Woodturner's Widows Assistance Program by Staff

Have you ever glanced around your shop and wondered how your spouse or kids could ever deal with all the tools, the stored wood, the equipment, and the unfinished projects when you pass away?


Finishing Bowl Bottoms by Dick Veitch

There are multiple ways to hold a bowl on the lathe to finish the bottom. In this article, we show you five popular methods using a variety of devices that can be made or purchased for this work. With the bowl securely mounted, further enhancements to the bowl foot are possible. Some suggestions are v-gooves, carving, texturing with tools like the Wagner, Elf or Sorby or even something fancy like a 3-legged foot (see below for instructions and see the photo above).


On the Lighter Side: Weeping over Weeping Cherry by Bob Heltman

In all my born days (of woodturning) I don’t recall a more difficult, almost miserable, type of wood to turn than this log of weeping cherry! What happened was that my woodturning reputation began to get around, locally within our Crab Creek Community Center. So, Wayne J. brought a 4 foot long log, about 11” in diameter over to my studio one day...complete with ends freshly painted to prevent splitting. “Helen A. wanted you to turn some bowls for her” he said.


Meet the Turner:

Joey Richardson, Lincolnshire, England

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning Safety

New Products:

  • Adding Spice to your Woodturning - 20 Salt, Pepper and Spice Shaker Projects for Woodturners
  • Kaizen Foam for Organizing your Turning Tools
  • Cygnet Tool by Cindy Drozda and Mike Hunter
  • Long Hole Drilling Set
  • Sacred Geometry – a 16th Century Coloring Book
  • The Woodturner’s Journal

Questions and Answers: Laser Systems for Hollowing

Product Reviews: Flexible Point Drive Center

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Trade Restrictions on Rosewood
  • An Ode to the Woodturner
  • Arrowmont announces 2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence Program
  • Woodturning Company Sold
  • Call for entries: Design in Wood 2017
  • Important changes to Arrowmont scheduling
  • Artist and Maker Business Bootcamp
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2016


Turning a clock with router inlays by John Lucas

In the last article I wrote for More Woodturning Magazine, August 2016 (click here to read the article), I explored making clocks using drilled inserts to mark the clock face. In this article I will show you my method for using the router to add inlays to the clock. I use the router to add inlay to many projects but it is especially nice for clock faces. I will also add a little bandsaw carving on this clock.  I have always been impressed with the way ferns look in the early morning, all curled up. I also like the shapes of snail shells. I wanted to add that kind of shape to this clock to add a little interest and take it away from the normal round clock.



Segmented Bowls Using Dados and Splines: “V” Grooves and Fillers by Steve Reznek

In the last article I wrote for More Woodturning Magazine, October 2015 (click here to read the article), I showed various approaches to using a table saw to cut dados in a board and splines to fill them. As that article said, the reason for using this approach to segmenting, rather than the usual one on n-sided rings, is to display the beauty of the grain in a single piece of wood. As such, the technique favors working on horizontal shapes, rather than vertical.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Turn a Pool Cue Pen by Don Ward

In July 2014, I was asked by Barry Gross to assist him with his class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Barry called one of the pens we made the "pool cue pen". Although it did not look like the classic pool cue, the shape was tapered like one.




Woodturning Safety by Staff

Whether woodturning is a fun and creative hobby or a full-time job, it is important to pay attention to safety issues. One small mistake or a bit of carelessness can lead to life-altering consequences. Let’s all make safety a priority for 2017 by taking a look at these suggestions provided by Craft Supplies USA.


A Square Bowl by Dick Veitch

Have you been intrigued by the square bowls you've seen others make? Here's the process I use to create mine.


On the Lighter Side: Pencil Holders by Bob Heltman

Over the years, whenever I had a scrap of wood on hand, I’d make a pencil holder. One of these has sat on the side table next to my TV-watching La-Z-Boy recliner.


Meet the Turner:

Todd Halleman, Newberg, Oregon

Test Your Knowledge:

Work-Holding on the Lathe

New Products:

  • Mate Undercut Hollowing Tool from Jimmy Clewes
  • DVD: Revelations in Hollowing: 25 years of Refining the Process from Trent Bosch
  • Dove Tail Carving Burrs from Saburrtooth
  • Two New Pen Kits from Berea Hardwoods
  • Pen Display Case from Woodcraft
  • Internal Door Knob Kit from Alan Lacer

Questions and Answers: Sharpening angle for bowl gouges

Product Reviews: Woodturner's Angle Gauge