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Given enough skill from the woodworker, turned wood objects do not have to be simple, in any way. Art is at least partly in the eye of the beholder, so whether or not your work is art is up to you and its other viewers. One of the greatest features of turning is the chance to gain enough knowledge in short order to make finished projects in just a few hours--lathes give us the possibility of completing, including finish, many worthwhile projects inside a single evening. We can turn out good looking, useful projects after work on almost any day. Short of driving nails in a plank and then nailing the plank to the wall to hold coats and sweaters, there's nothing much else out there that allows shorter times from start to finish in woodworking projects. And the best part is, the projects are both attractive and useful--or can be!

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Turning Videos

 
Woodcraft's Kevin Reed demonstrates how to turn an acrylic pen, including preparation, required items, proper use of tools, machines, finishes, techniques, and safety elements to create these type of pens in this video. 
Craig Jackson talks about the different turning tool size offerings to accommodate your turning projects to enhance your woodturning experience.

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Always wanted to try woodturning? Let our experts tell you what you'll need to get started. 

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Woodturners gather at Woodcraft stores all over the country on Veterans Day weekend for Woodcraft's annual Turn for Troops National Turn-a-thon to make one-of-a-kind wood pens for American soldiers.  The 2017 pen total brings the grand total since 2004 to 158,742 of pens turned.  To participate, you can Find a Store or you can turn pens on your own time and donate to the program!  Learn More

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An exhibition showcasing the creativity of 41 artists and artisans who work with wood found in the Appalachian Region opened at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. The show will continue through September 3, 2018.

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Pen 101

This 6 minute video tutorial gives step by step instructions on the materials needed to start turning on a lathe, specifically making a pen out of a kit.  It is designed to inform and help you get comfortable with the tools and the exact procedure needed to make a pen.


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Producing a set of identical table legs is a sure bet when you follow a smart turning plan and take advantage of the precision that’s possible with calipers and shop-made gauges
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