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Forum topic by mileskimball posted 04-19-2014 03:03 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2014 03:03 PM

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What would you say are the top three essential books on woodturning every turner should own? What are the top three essential videos?

My book list would include David Ellsworth’s Ellsworth on Woodturning and Richard Raffan’s The Art of Turned Bowls, and my video list would include Raffan’s Turning Boxes. But I’m curious to hear what others say before I go buy any more!

-- Miles

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 05:19 PM

I would recommend checking your local library for books and DVD’s before buying anything. Also check out previews at Google Books on woodturning.

Really disappointed with Mike Darlow’s, The Practice of Woodturning.

Really enjoyed buying and reading these books:

The Lathe Book by Ernie Conover
Multi-Centre Woodturning by Ray Hopper
Adventures in Woodturning by David Springette
Techniques of Spiral Works, by Stuart Mortimer (out of print now) expensive if can find used.

I was able to check out Raffin’s Turning Wood & Keith Rowley’s Woodturning A Foundation Course. Also checked out a book by Child’s cannot remember the name.

Most of the books listed have been updated except Rowley’s.

Also bought some of Raffin’s, Del Stubbs videos years ago guess still around on DVD’s today.

Think you will eventually hit a point of diminishing returns buying, reading books & video’s. Lots of information on the web for free.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 06:02 PM

I forgot to mention Raffin’s Turn Bowl Design which is also very good, but think you already own the updated version with different title.

Did have a couple of issues with that book, do not think much of people professing using golden rectangle to design their bowls. Another issue was using PEG to stabilize bowls. While agree with what Richard had to say about his experience with the product. Got the impression he and other turners at that time did not know how to use the product or understand how to finish a piece that has been treated with PEG. Like Richard am a firm beliver in air drying wood for turning especially after rough turning.

Ed Moulthrop (deceased) famous for his homemade lathe & tools and extremely large turned pieces used PEG effectively. Both his son and grandson still use the product today.

-- Bill

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