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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