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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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   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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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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Woodcraft is preparing for its 16th Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon on November 9 and 10, 2019. Woodcraft retail stores throughout the US will host Turn-a-Thons and invite volunteers to come and make unique gifts for military personnel on active duty and recovering in rehabilitation facilities.

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Woodcraft commends the AAW for expanding woodturning instruction options at the annual symposium.

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May is a month of celebrations that honor the people who protect us in a variety of circumstances: Emergency Medical Technicians, Firefighters, Police Officers and Military Personnel. To say “thank you” to these men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us, why not make a memorable gift in the form of a special handmade writing instrument? 

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Eric Gorges, host of A Craftsman's Legacy is a wonderful craftsman but didn't know much about turning wood. So, he headed to his local Woodcraft Store to pick up the tools and knowledge he would need to get started.

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On this edition of Woodworking Adventures, I sat down with Carl & Robin Jacobson at our Woodcraft Vendor Trade Show. We shared some lathe time while talking about their woodworking life together at home and on the road in their mobile shop…. up next…. on Woodcraft’s Woodworking Adventures.

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