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Woodturning Tips & Techniques

Woodturning Tips & Techniques
by Carol Rix

Fox Chapel Publishing: 2006
Paperback, 192 pp., $19.95
ISBN 978-1-56523-330-0

     There are many good turning books currently in print, so it takes a leap of faith for an author to offer up another. I haven't seen them all, but I'd put Carol Rix' new release high on a list of recommended titles. It is a generously sized, reasonably priced and beautifully photographed volume full of practical advice and inspiring examples. It is a book a new woodturner could grow with, starting with the basics and evolving through advanced techniques.
     Rix goes from setting up, to basic tools, to advanced work. All along are beautiful pieces to inspire, and a gallery of ideas under 'planning and design.' There are practice projects for end grain and face grain work, with detailed action shots so the reader can view the sequence of cuts in the author's procedures. She outlines the uses of each tool, with cautions and tips to avoid trouble. She discusses grain direction and lathe speeds, reverse chucking, jam chucking, sanding and finishing. She has a chapter on sharpening and one on using shop-built jigs. There is a nice glossary of terms with thumbnail photos to illustrate differnt items.
     Rix shows examples of decorated surfaces, carving, piercing and burning. One chapter goes 'beyond the circle' with nested work, off-center turning, natural edged work and cut shapes. The author shows her own work and draws from the work of others to create a book rich with ideas, tips, and a lifetime of woodturning knowledge.

. . . Barb Siddiqui