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Classic Woodturning Projects with Bonnie Klein

Classic Woodturning Projects with Bonnie Klein
by Bonnie Klein

Fox Chapel Publishing: 2005
Paperback, 68 pp., $14.95
ISBN 1-56523-260-7

     Meant as a skill building manual for small projects, this book involves instruction for several types of chatter work, for burning lines on turned pieces, and for adding color and finishing the work. All the projects, from letter openers to whistles and spinning tops, are done either between centers or mounted on a faceplate. Ms. Klein tries to minimize the equipment necessary for using basic skills, so if you are a new woodturner with a limited number of tools, these projects are ideal for learning to use them.
     The author discusses bandsawing blanks as well as using precut stock, and shows in clear procedural photos how to hollow out and part off a small box, how to separate a thin disk in halves for a pair of shell earrings, and how to check thicknesses and depth on a variety of pieces.
     Ms. Klein assumes the reader has a basic familiarity with the equipment and tools. "This is not designed to be a 'how to turn' book," she says. "Rather, it is meant to add to your toolbox of woodturning skills, projects and techniques." And, I think, to have a lot of fun while doing it.

. . . Barb Siddiqui