WoodCentral's Book Reviews

by the editors of Woodturning magazine

Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications: 1999
Paperback, 110 pp., $14.95
ISBN 1-86108-107-3

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     Treat yourself to the best of turned gallery work from Britain and the United States, to essays on design and how to profit from craft fairs, to techniques of hollow-form turning, platter and bowl turning, bottles, tankards and flasks.
     Lace-edged carving adorns the vases made by Frank E. Cummings III in his three-part series on "Design: A Practical Approach, Theory and Practice, Finesse and Refinement." "Proportion," Cummings says, "is perhaps the most overlooked, least understood and abused design element." His explanation is an eye-opener.
     Tom Crabb writes a two-part series on multi-center hollow forms. Mark Laycock and Peter Lewis show how they mounted a 700 pound elm burl on the lathe and created a "witch's cauldron" thirty-four inches tall and thirty-two inches in diameter, complete with butterfly keys inlaid across the rim cracks.
     Ron Hampton describes how he creates urns in a classic style, with secondary overlays in a process of close-tolerance nesting. He adds exquisite carving to pierced overlay, making his segmented turnings look like Fabergé eggs. Peter Lowe tells how he uses a router to remove material from a turned rim, leaving high points to later carve into flowing leaf forms or pierced designs.
     There are articles on integrating handles into bowls, working bowls with natural, wane edges, and carving flutes or swirls into bowl forms. All in all, this book is a delight whether you turn wood or not. Clear photographs in full color, show artistic pieces in imaginative, creative designs at the top of their class.

. . . Barb Siddiqui