I’ve been watching online videos for the past couple months, and I’ve watched a video on turning several times now that Jet sent me. I’ve read several books and magazines on the topic. Regardless of all that, I can’t seem to get any work that I do between centers to turn out correctly. The biggest problem I’m having is something that I had attributed to dull tools before; now I’m thinking it’s more operator error than anything else. I don’t have enough money to go out and buy any expensive exotic wood blanks, so I’ve been practicing with poplar almost exclusively. Is it possible that all the rough cuts and tear out have to do with the poplar, or is it just my lack of skill? Maybe it’s both?
Anyway, I finally finished setting up the new wolverine sharpening jig that I recently purchased. After several comments on my last entry I was considering writing a review for the product, but I think such a review would be better left to someone who has more experience with turning. I spent part of yesterday fixing up my lathe with some added height and weight. Hopefully once I start throwing bowl blanks on there it should stay in one place.
If anyone has any suggestions with regard to good “starter” woods for turning practice, please let me know.