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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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Woodturning ideas

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

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Get inspired by these special woodworkers

Carl Jacobson from Woodshop.TV

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Carl Jacobson turns a hybrid, alumilite resin and aluminum honeycomb into a lidded box. The blank is from Zac Higgins from NV Woodwerks. 

Carl Jacobson of The Woodshop.TV YouTube channel demos Easy Wood Tools with a resin/aluminum platter created by Zac Higgins of NV Woodwerks.

Barry Todd

Barry Todd talks with The American Woodshop's Scott Phillips and shows his Tiffany Lamp. 

Take a look a the lifestyle of Barry Todd and what inspires his creations. 


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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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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