Re: What are your woodturning lessons learned?

Don Orr
Very interesting discussion! Some of the things I try to emphasize to beginners is learn to sharpen and do so often. Learn what wood grain means and use it to advantage-cut down hill. Learn a light touch and how to take the smallest cut possible. Understand that the handle end of the tool is just as, if not more, important than the cutting edge, especially when making curves. Control dust at the source. Learn and understand good design-putting on as many beads and coves as possible does not prove you are a great turner, just that you don't get design. Don't rush or force a cut. I'm sure there are many more.

These are all things most of us know and use every time we turn. They are techniques that I have learned either on my own or from other skilled turners and I try to pass them on.

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