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Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Hardwood lumber availability will tighten
  • New Exhibit at Messler Gallery
  • 2019 Design in Wood call for entries
  • Do you know your State Tree?
  • Malcolm Tibbetts delivers TED talk
  • Beech Leaf Disease
  • DeWALT recalls drills due to shock hazard
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2019


Turning a Bowl From Spalted Maple by Rick Morris

I recently was given several maple logs that had been sitting in a friend’s yard for some time – I’m not sure how long, it was at least six months, probably a good bit more, considering the degree of spalting. Follow along with me as I recreate the process I used to turn one of those logs into a bowl in this photo tutorial.



Cupped Jewlery Holders by Robin McIntyre

This project combines both end grain turning and spindle turning to challenge your turning skills. You can make the shallow bowl small or larger, make the finial as simple or dressy as you like, and embellish or dye the turning if desired. The possibilities are endless! 



The Penturner’s Corner: Making a Baseball Bat Pen from a Slimline Kit by Don Ward

I once made a closed end baseball bat pen. The pen was made using a kit for a cricket bat purchased from a supplier in England. They were popular kits but unfortunately the have been discontinued by the vendor. They are still available from the manufacturer but the minimum order quantity of 500 makes them unavailable from most vendors. I look often and no one is selling them. How I wish they were still available! I have a picture of a couple of these pens on my website. Here is where the story begins.




Production Turning: Concepts, Methods, and an Example by John Tarpley

I consider myself a production turner. Many of you are part-time turners who concentrate on bowls and “one off” creations. I think everyone can learn from production turners by using production techniques to make turning more enjoyable. While I do not rely on my turning jobs for my total income, they do provide additional support and allow me to participate in the local crafts tradition. I live in an area where many families made their living from crafts and some do today. I don’t find repetitive turning to be a chore. I find it relaxing and realize that like any work it has its own challenges and rewards. I have a line of items that I market to area shops that are made in production runs. I also enjoy commissions for items such as awards for groups or thank you gifts for conventions or special occasions. These commissions range from as few as ten items to as many as two hundred. Additionally, I do architectural turnings. These can be single items or production runs.


Cutting thin strips by John Wolf

At a recent club meeting we had a discussion about cutting thin strips of wood to be used as accent lines in segmented or staved work.


ANOTHER approach to making a Pencil Holder by Bob Heltman

Earlier I wrote about using old walnut wall plaques to make a pencil holder, which was lost when shipped to a friend’s daughter, and the making of a second pencil holder as a replacement. AND, that in the center of that 2nd unit I drilled a hole so a pen or pencil would stand up in the center; ideal for that favorite and most used writing instrument.


Meet the Turner:

Tim Yoder, Tulsa, OK

Test Your Knowledge:

Wood and alternate turning materials

New Products:

  • New Flute Master Updates
  • Faceplate System for Live Centers from Best Wood Tools
  • Cat and Mouse Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • New Bottlestopper Mandrels by Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • The Turner Turbo Wonder Inertia Sander by WoodTurners Wonders
  • Introducing Iridium and Novastar Abrasives by Mirka

Questions and Answers: Working with Sandpaper

Product Reviews: Working Center, #1 Cygnet Hollower, and Adjustable Hollowers

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Hands-On Woodturning Retreat
  • Nova adds new product videos
  • 2019 Utah Woodturning Symposium Postponed
  • Staff writer Mike Stafford recognized
  • AZ Carbide enters international marketplace
  • Harvey announces price increase
  • The Ten Best Woods You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Arrowmont announces death of Barbara Dillender
  • BoxMaster to Manage Operations at D-Way Tools
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for January 2019


Making a Two Tiered Spice Carousel by John Tarpley

Several years ago we purchased some plastic turntables to more efficiently store items in our kitchen cabinets. We used a two tiered one for spices and herbs. The unit allowed us to store many jars of spices and herbs in a relatively small space. However, it did have a few problems. First, because the space between the two tiers was relatively small, it was difficult to place and remove taller jars from the lower tier. Second, the lip on the tables was very short so it was possible to push jars off the table if the table became crowded. This meant jars fell off the back of the tier and become stuck between the turntable and the cabinet wall. Recently the upper tier of this unit cracked after years of use. I decided to make a replacement unit that would be sturdier and more elegant. Being a frugal, translation, cheap person I decided to reuse the turntable portion of the plastic unit while designing the carousel to allow me to replace that turntable with a standard metal lazy Susan unit if the plastic one breaks at some point.



Turning Small Laminated Bowls by Dennis Daudelin

I enjoy turning small items on the lathe. I enjoyed it even when I had a large 24” swing lathe and still do now with my small 12.5” swing lathe.



The Penturner’s Corner: Polymer Clay by Don Ward

I have a funny story to tell. It wasn't funny when it happened but it soon became an expensive lesson ... and yes, funny. I don't normally do any pen work in the house. I had sold a fountain pen and the customer wanted an 18K gold italic nib for calligraphy. So, I purchased one to upgrade his pen. OUCH! When the nib arrived I installed it into the pen and inked it so I could test the pen and the special nib. All worked well. I removed the front section, took it apart and placed it in a cup of warm water to clean out the ink. I did this in the kitchen where I rarely do pen stuff. You will soon know why.




Preventing Catches through Tool Control by Lyle Jamieson

I often hear turners refer to catches as if they are normal: “Everyone gets a catch now and then” they say. I disagree! I frequently discuss tool control and the four different cuts I use: push cut, pull cut, scrape cut, and sheer scrape cut. If you use these cuts properly, catches will be a thing of the past. Here are the basics of each of the cuts and when I use them. Let me talk about these cuts in a bowl first.


Sap Defects in Cherry – Catch City by Steve Reznek

Woodworkers know that the wood we get often has defects, particularly if we cut our own blanks from trees. The bowl shown above is from a cherry crotch (the rim is tiger maple). If you have worked with wild cherry, you know that you often get black lines highlighting the grain structure. The B arrow points to a typical one. The lines can add interesting features. Occasionally the black feature is larger than a line. In this case there was a three-dimensional glob, about 3/8” in diameter, that was located just above the spot marked A. For a comprehensive look at various wood defects, see the article “Understanding and Working with Wood Defects” by Ron Smith ( The type of defects where the growth rings separate are call shakes. The one labeled B is a ring shake.


Bridge Bowl(s) by Bob Heltman

When I started woodturning it was to do it well. Then it was to do three “museum quality” turnings for show-and-tell at my wonderful woodturning club ( During those days, I came across a remarkable book about “doing art” and the two authors said to stop performing one’s art to please others, or some standard, or even for sales…and to turn to please one’s self!  WOW!  I’ve done that ever since…for the most part. True, doing a file handle for friends is pretty much standard work.


Meet the Turner:

Toni Ransfield, Phenix City, AL

Test Your Knowledge:

Know Your Magazine

New Products:

  • The new Revo 12/16 from Laguna Tools
  • Variable Pitch Tool By Flute Master
  • Cigar Humidor Turning Kit from Rockler
  • Ice Cream Paddle from Rockler
  • Spike Plate from Amy Grigg
  • Soft Starter for Power Tools by Raymond Innovations
  • Dinosaur Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • Speedhorse™ by Bora Portamate

Questions and Answers: Best cutter bar size for hollowing

Product Reviews: Trigger Style Airbrushes

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Smoky Mt. Turners help Children's Hospital
  • Resolution: 100 vases and bowls
  • Penn State Industries Recalls Quick Change Jaw Chuck Systems
  • Ron Kent passes away
  • Women in Turning EXCHANGE
  • Turned and Sculpted Wood 2019
  • Anderson Ranch Artists in Residence Program
  • Turners' Consort
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2018


Make Your Own Dedicated Negative-Rake Shear Scraper by Rick Morris

Shear scraping is a great way to get a better, smoother finish on a turned item. I always shear scrape as my last tool use on the outside and inside of a bowl (although it’s a bit trickier on the inside). For years I’ve used a large round scraper for this, holding it at a 45-degree vertical angle to get the shearing action. I thought that there had to be a better way.



Making Finials by Mike Grady

My finial design includes four elements: the tip, the stem, the onion, and the pedestal. I stay with one design at a time. This way I’m able to judge the shape and size without much measuring and my muscle memory is in sync with the shape I’m trying to create.



The Penturner’s Corner: Rotating Pen Holder by Don Ward

The holidays are over and I really do not want to make any pens for a while. Making pens for the last two months for personal gifts as well as pens for several yearly customers has been a chore. Nor, do I want to write about making pens.




Embellish your Turnings with an Inexpensive Laser Engraver by Bob Pace

Many turners are looking for different ways of enhancing their pens and calls. One way is to offer the ability to add engraving to personalize each turned item with engraved names, logos or whatever the customer wants. Until recently this was something that was out of reach of most of us due to the high cost of laser engraving equipment. One option was to outsource this work to one of the various places that offer an engraving service; however, this can be expensive as well as not always being available when you need it.


Turner Favorites: lathes, tools, wood—and some good advice by Staff

Have you ever wondered what kind of lathe, tools, and wood other turners use? To find out, we took a look at the answers to the questions "What is your favorite lathe/tool/wood?" in the forty-one interviews we have published in our Meet the Turner column since it began in 2015. While doing this research, we also looked at the answers to the question "What advice do you have for new woodturners" and added those recommendations, too.


The History of and Current NEED for Finger Bowls by Bob Heltman

It certainly used to be the case than any properly set dinner table would have finger bowls semi-filled with fresh water.  “Semi” because such bowls are just half filled so when soiled fingers are draped therein, and swished about, dirty water does not get on fine table linens.  Here are examples:


Meet the Turner:

Jeff Hornung, St. Louis, MO

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning New Year Resolutions

New Products:

  • New Cat and Dog Inlay Kits from Kallenshaan
  • Titebond Translucent Wood Glue
  • Two-Piece Ring Cores from Craft Supplies
  • Redesigned 22-44 and 25-50 Drum Sanders from Jet Tools
  • The New Orion Line of Pinless Wood Moisture Meters by Wagner Meters
  • Brass and Pewter Walking Stick Medallions by Treeline

Questions and Answers: Dust in the Shop

Product Reviews: The Beaded Bowl