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Boston, 2007. Beth Ireland was at the top of her game. As a successful architectural woodworker specializing in woodturning, she was nearing the age when many people consider retirement.

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Joining our WoodRiver® comfort ring cores with a wood or acrylic blank and your creativity is a perfect match for a fun turning project. Watch this video to learn how it's done!

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Woodturner, Carl Jacobson, host of TheWoodshop.TV on YouTube is a passionate woodturner and enjoys getting others excited about turning. Together with his wife Robin, they have built a mobile shop and travel to do demonstrations, teach classes, produce videos and share the woodworking passion.


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Turning pens, pencils, letter openers and other small projects hones your turning skills; while you produce great gifts or sellable craft items.

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   Like most woodworking projects, before you can get to the final result, prep work and jigs play an important role, before the actual turning process begins. The biggest attribute to lathe turning is that finished results can typically be attained faster with almost instant gratification. This WoodRiver Pen Drilling Vise with 7mm Drill Guide & Stop Collar combo aids in that process for the prep work, especially for the novice turner, or those who may not have a drill press to begin the wood turning creative adventure. 

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This WoodRiver Micro-Mesh Pad Holder is an essential accessory if you use the Micro-Mesh sanding pads when turning acrylic items on your lathe. 

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Rather than messing with big sheets of sandpaper when you're turning, reach for the WoodRiver Turner's Sanding Pack.

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Volunteers of all ages and skill levels handcrafted 15,385 unique wood pens in 2019 for the Woodcraft Turn for Troops program that sends the pens to military personnel on active duty or recovering from injuries. The total of pens turned since this program began 16 years ago is 190,609.

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One of my goals in 2020 is to get better at turning. To do that I will attempt to turn 52 bowls. Prior to this personal challenge I had turned 2. Follow along on my woodworking adventure.

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There is nothing better than a handmade gift—whether it comes from the hands of a child or a master craftsman. We asked some of your favorite makers: “What is the most meaningful gift you have ever given...and received?” Read this Woodworking Adventures blog to find out their answers. 

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