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Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • AAW 2020 Symposium in Louisville cancelled
  • Resources for makers during COVID-19
  • Plant some trees for Arbor Day
  • Books about trees for kids
  • Empty Bowls project
  • Intergenerational woodturning workshop
  • Favorite Wood Species
  • Club meetings cancelled? Try videoconferencing!
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for March 2020


Handles for Telescoping Magnets by Mike Stafford

I don’t know about you but I am constantly dropping something on the floor in the shop. Most of the time it is a screw for attaching a faceplate but sometimes it is something irreplaceable like the point for one of the centers or maybe a set screw or a nut or a bolt. It’s always something…



A Peg-decorated Bowl from Bradford Pear by Rick Morris

Some years ago, I began making bowls decorated with pegs cut from various scraps of wood left over from other projects. Decorating a bowl with pegs around the exterior is an easy (and inexpensive) way to dress up an otherwise plain piece of wood. Since I seem to always have otherwise plain wood on hand, I have made a LOT of peg-decorated bowls.



The Penturner's Corner: “Laser Leftovers” by Don Ward

As readers of More Woodturning Magazine know, this is the last installment of the magazine. I wish Dennis Daudelin, the magazine publisher, and his wife only the best as they start a new chapter in their lives: retirement. I know Dennis is looking forward to spending a lot of time in his motorhome traveling around our wonderful country. Thanks for allowing me to write for More Woodturning Magazine these five years and to Mr. Holder for the first seven. My first article was in Dec 2006 as I took over the column from Scott Greaves. I have enjoyed writing for the past 14 years and I will miss the writing even though the monthly deadlines seemed to arrive almost immediately after the last article was submitted.




Turn an Emerging Spherical Vase by Nico Oosthoek

This article demonstrates how to turn a spherical vase which appears to be emerging from a block of wood. The article was created with inspiration from the creator, Paul Masyn, from Belgium.


Segmented Ice Cream Scoops by Jason Swanson

In this article, I am going to turn a segmented ice cream scoop. I have written several how-to articles that utilize staved segmented turning blanks.  I will reference a past article for the construction of the turning blank and will give the “recipe” for the important numbers needed to construct the blank in Photo 1. In order to understand the construction process, please reference my article, “Make a Segmented Rolling Pin”, published in the August 2018 issue of More Woodturning Magazine.


Turning Wood from a Lightning-Struck Tree by Bob Heltman

When I started turning wood again around 2001, I joined the club and worked to produce three “museum quality” turnings for show-and-tell at each monthly meeting (held at the Folk Arts Center, East of Asheville, NC). This club had (and has) demonstrations by world class woodturners and they taught me a lot!


Meet the Turner:

Temple Blackwood, Castine, Maine

Test Your Knowledge:

What is this?

New Products:

  • Super Allen Wrenches by Trent Bosch
  • FACE-OFF™ modular face plate system from Carter Products
  • The Whispers line of Saburrtooth Tools
  • Shifter Knob Mandrels from Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • Powercap Active Particulate PAPR Respirator by Peke Safety
  • Dust Right Wall-Mount Dust Collector from Rockler
  • Sierra® Super Button Click by Berea Hardwoods

Questions and Answers: Signing Woodturned Pieces

Product Reviews: My Last Review

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • World's Largest Chainsaw
  • Wood dust on dangerous substances list
  • Turning Spalted Wood Course
  • Creative Club Newsletter Names and Newsletter Award
  • New research into how wood is formed
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2020


Needle Cases by Mike Stafford

The most important tools that any person engaged in needlepoint, i.e. surface embroidery of canvas, use are the needles themselves. High quality needles are expensive and are prized by those involved in this craft/art. Great care is taken to protect and preserve those needles.



Two Oval (Elliptical) Dishes by Nico Oosthoek

To turn an oval dish, you typically need a special machine, like a rose engine, or a lathe accessory, like an oval turning attachment. Both options are rather expensive.



The Penturner's Corner: Repairing Cracked Pens and My Favorite Pens by Don Ward

Cracked wooden barrels are not uncommon with the pens we make. Wood moves with temperature and humidity changes. Some woods, such as snakewood and ebony, are quite prone to cracking. I’ve had pens crack after shipping to customers who live in climates much different from what we have here in northTexas. Other materials can also crack. Most of the materials I’ve had crack were natural ones such as wood, antler, bone, and ivory. I have used small pieces of pre-ban ivory for accent rings but they often cracked. I no longer use any ivory. There are too many other materials to use for accent rings.




Live Center Accessory by John Wolf

I'm sure that you use your live center in both spindle turning and face plate work just as I do. There are occasions when I want to use it to apply pressure to help stabilize or to hold a piece in place, but I don't want a hole made by the point or a circular cut made by the cup. On occasion I have wedged a piece of scrap between the live center's point and the workpiece. That can work, but it can also easily slip resulting in a wobble, or in the worst case, a lost turning.


Faceplate Rings (Do they go on your fingers or toes – or nose?) by Rick Morris

Does your faceplate ring? No, that’s just your ears, you’re getting old!


On the Lighter Side: Resurrecting that Old Cherry Tree by Bob Heltman

About 22 years ago I planted some fruit trees…pears, cherry, peach, plum…around seven in total. The problem was two-fold. First, we live in the foothills of Western North Carolina, so when the trees bloom in Spring, most often the late frost kills the blooms resulting in little or no fruit. Second, the birds and insects take care of about all the rest. While the plum tree produced one season of bountiful and delicious plums, one of the cherry trees succumbed to insects. See Photo 1, the remaining stump where we just cut down that tree.


Meet the Turner:

Bob Rotche, Blacksburg, VA

Test Your Knowledge:

When things go wrong…

New Products:

  • Sundstrom Pandemic Flu Kit
  • The Easy Turn Chucky by Rubber Chucky
  • Supreme Sanding Sleeves by Saburrtooth
  • Woodturner Jackets by Glenn Lucas
  • One-Piece Drive Spur from Woodturners Wonders
  • Depth Finders from Trent Bosch
  • Circuit Board Pen Sheet Kit by Berea Hardwoods
  • 19-32 Combination Brush/Drum Sander from Laguna

Questions and Answers: CA Glue Caps

Product Reviews: Half-mask Safety Respirator and Sharpening Tools

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Awards and Courses
  • World's Oldest Forest
  • Women in Turning get creative again
  • Woodturner's Mug
  • Woodturning Road Trip
  • Chapel Hill Woodturners offer classes
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for January 2020


Turning a Wig Stand by John Tarpley

Recently my local turning club has begun a new service project to turn and donate wigs stands to our local area chapter of the Susan G. Coleman Foundation. This group provides wigs for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments. They did not have a source for stands so that the wigs can be properly stored when not in use and also as an aid in styling and caring for the wigs. Our club is trying to fill this need.



Small Wood Pestle and Mortar by Ian Salisbury

A friend asked me if I could make a small 2.5-inch square pestle and mortar; they wanted one which could be put away in the cupboard, with the spices and herbs, unlike larger ones that had to be left on the kitchen worktop.



The Penturner’s Corner: Alternative materials—Solid Surface Material by Don Ward

When I started penturning in the late 1990’s there was not much information readily available to access to learn or ask about making pens on the wood lathe. This is no longer true! With the development of the World Wide Web, or the internet as we know it, along with the various social media platforms, various forums, and YouTube, information is easily available. Want to know how to make a pen blank using some strange or exotic material? A Google® search will quickly find that information if it is available.




Woodturning Index wheel comparison by John Lucas

Over the years I have done a lot of indexing on the lathe. For those who don’t know what indexing is, it is a way to lock the spindle in a number of various repeatable positions so that you can carve, sand, drill, etc. to create new designs in wood.  


Ten Tips for Tiny Turning by Staff

What is it about those really small woodturned objects that is so intriguing? We love to look at them, to hold them, to wonder how in the world they were created. In his introduction to William Duce's The Fine Art of Small-Scale Woodturning, David Ellsworth, who has created hundreds of fascinating tiny turnings, speculates that they are compelling because they are so disproportionate to the scale of humans, drawing from us unexpected, untapped emotions. For whatever reason, these little beauties are appealing to almost everyone.


On the Lighter Side: Who Said a Bowl’s Rim HAD to be Contiguous? by Bob Heltman

To my very pleasant surprise, this bowl of native cherry has turned out to be absolutely captivating to the viewer. One wants to pick it up, touch it here and there, turn in over, feel puzzled and impressed; wondering.


Meet the Turner:

Kelly Dunn, Hawi, Hawaii

Test Your Knowledge:

Seven Elements of Art

New Products:

  • Grizzly T30024 - Powered Respirator Kit
  • Rose and Blossom Ballpoint Pen Kits by Berea Hardwoods
  • The AXE Pro Handle by Carter Products
  • SOS Chucky from Rubber Chucky

Questions and Answers: Drive Spur Slipping

Product Reviews: Nick Agar Signature Series

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Wood fibers plus spider silk rivals plastic
  • Exceptionally Ordinary: Mingei Exhibit
  • "Sometimes I Amaze Myself" video
  • Masters of Contemporary Wood Art / Vol.2
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2019


Needlepoint Caddies by Mike Stafford

Most artisans and crafters use a variety of tools. As one accumulates and learns to use more tools there are problems that must be addressed: how to store and find your tools. Every time I walk into my shop, I realize I have a tool storage and organization problem. It is possible that I have a tool purchasing problem. Notice I did not say I have too many tools. I happen to have another member of my family who has a tool storage and organization problem; namely, my wife.



Shark Tooth Bowl by James Duxbury

“Water flowing up hill,” “A house fire in Rome,” “Nude on the balcony.” Where do artists get these names? I don’t get it. Maybe you have to turn the piece over? I can turn almost anything on a lathe but naming the piece boggles my mind. Or maybe I am catching on.



The Penturner’s Corner: Rifle Shell Pen by Don Ward

As most of the readers of this column will know I make several styles of pens using rifle shell cases. I use a real copper clad bullet for the writing end where the ink refill tip protrudes. There are several styles of pen kits related to rifles, pistols and other shooting sports. I have written about making pens using rifle cases and real bullets based on the slimline kit. There is an interesting rifle cartridge ballpoint made by Berea Hardwoods. It comes in both twist and click models. And, it uses a Parker™ style refill instead of a Cross™ style. I like the looks of this pen very much. The lines are clean and I think the pen has a very classy look even though the theme is a rifle shell. Penn State Industries, aka PSI, also sells a similar pen kit. There is both a twist and click version of this pen. I will be working with the twist version but the process can be used with other bullet pen kits. Check with your favorite Berea or PSI reseller to see the selection of pen kits with firearm themes.




Wooden Conversation Starter by John Wolf

Every now and then I stumble upon a turning project that has no practical purpose but is sufficiently interesting that I just must make it. I read a couple of articles and watched a few videos on such a project. It seems probable that the idea for this style of project originated with a talented Irish turner, Max Brosi. You can learn more about Max on his Facebook page. As there is little in woodturning that is truly original, this is my version of this style of project.


Drive your Turnings by Dennis Daudelin

When you first start to turn wood, one of the first principles that you learn is “turning between centers”. This is loosely defined as mounting a piece of wood between the headstock and the tailstock. In the tailstock, we almost always use a live center. It’s just a Morse Taper mounted tool with bearings that allow a center point with an enclosing ring to hold one end of the wood. Over the years, this tool seems to have evolved into a common shape and size. In the headstock, we use a drive center to connect to the wood and to convert the motor power into the rotation of the turning blank. This drive center can consist of a lot of different tools and is the subject of this article.


On the Lighter Side: From Standpipe to RotoZip to Gorgeous Bowl by Bob Heltman

An invention happens in one of two ways: either it is something completely brand new, which is rare, or the combination of old things in new ways. With hard work, the invention can be brought to market and even succeed in making money, like Edison’s light bulb of many years ago.


Meet the Turner:

Jim Rodgers, Martinez, CA

Test Your Knowledge:


New Products:

  • Web Slings from Jet
  • Threaded 2-Piece Ring Cores from Craft Supplies
  • Bulldog Pen Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • Trac-Vac Dust Collector from Woodturners Wonders
  • The Blade Click Pen by Berea Hardwoods
  • Harvey HW615 Band Saw
  • The Phoenix by Hunter Woodturning Tools
  • Fluid Forms - Celebrating the life of Liam Flynn

Questions and Answers: Learning by doing a series

Product Reviews: Mini Photography Studio Light Tent