The Art Of Wood Turning


Wood Turning3Wood turning is an art form in which one crafts objects from wood with the assistance of a lathe or simple chisel.

It can be a fun and effective way to make money or simply express your original creative streak DIY style.

If you’ve ever seen your father or grandfather whittle a piece of wood, you’ve had a bird’s eye-view of basic wood turning.

But it certainly didn’t start with their generation. In fact, it’s been around a lot longer than you may realize.

Historical relevance

The first visible remnants of an actual lathe were collected from a pit grave dated back to the 3rd century BC. The tool was essentially a long, flat wood dish which rested upon wooden legs. But the art of wood turning predates that even further.

Whittling incorporates the use of a chisel or simple knife to cut and form wood into shapes and forms which the artisan finds pleasurable.

Such items and simple tools predate to the beginning of man. While wood turning is not a new craft by any means, it has become progressively more intricate and easier to do.


When starting out on any woodcraft, it’s important to use the correct equipment for the job. Some of the items will depend on the type of crafts you intend to create, but many items are basic and will overlap on the equipment lists.

You’ll need a lather or bench of some kind. You can purchase or make your own lathe easily enough. But if you’re really into recycling, you can also just use an available counter. Whichever choice you make, be sure it’s a solid and stable work surface.

You’ll need a good grinder. Whether that’s a pocket knife, chisel, or electric model, something needs to cut, grind, and shape the material.

If using a power grinder, you’ll need to attach it to a lathe or stabilizing board before beginning. Modern grinders come with beginner wheels, but you may eventually wish to upgrade to grindstone.

It’s an added expense, but the material prolongs the life of your tools.

You’ll need a sharpening system to keep the grinder blades sharp. Individual jigs can be inexpensive, while full-on sharpening systems can cost a bit upfront.

If you’re a novice of the craft, invest in a good sharpening system as it will contain the essentials you’ll require.

You’ll need wood. This can be as cheap or expensive as you wish. You can collect your own wood or cut it manually. Or you can go to a DIY store or local lumber yard for specific requests.

You’ll need finishing materials such as glue, sandpaper, paper towels, wood fillers, wax, stains, etcetera. Whatever you personally need to transform your project into artwork will fall within this list.

You’ll need safety products. Wear protective footwear, come to your work center with ear and eye protection, have simple face masks at the ready, and protect your hands with the proper work gloves. Safety has to come first regardless of your project.

Once you have the necessary tools and safety gear at the ready, you can enjoy the freedom and creativity you`ll discover while creating your own wood turning projects.



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