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

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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. 

Learn how Woodcraft employees and volunteers have sent their thanks to US military men and women since 2004 by making more than 200,000 turned pens as part of our long-standing Turn for Troops program. No experience necessary - just a desire to say "thank you." Click here to Learn More and find out how to participate.

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Creative people are discovering the fun in using resin to create turning blanks, item encapsulations, bowls, river tables and more. To meet their project needs, Woodcraft continues to expand its line of resins and related products – and to encourage these makers Woodcraft will be sponsoring a contest in March.

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 A $250 Woodcraft Gift Card may be waiting for you – if you create a showstopping ring, pen, handle, river table or something else made with resin or a combo like resin with burl.  

From March 1 through March 31, Woodcraft will accept online entries for “Pour to Win” – a competition to see who can imagine and then create a unique piece made by an original resin pour that will please the Woodcraft judges and the public. Learn more here! 

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Despite the limitations of sponsoring a nationwide event during the coronavirus pandemic, Turn for Troops volunteers and Woodcraft store personnel rallied in 2020 to turn enough wooden pens for military personnel to comfortably pass the 200,000 overall mark.

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