Turning Archive

Re: Woodturning Vocabulary and Instruction

Peter Hyde
I've always used the term "roll" Plus when giving instruction I go through the various movements that you can make with a cutting edge. But it all comes down to feel. The brain has to connect to the hand and be aware of what is happening at the cutting edge. But there are also other indicators such as sound and physical vibration. I have sat watching demos by well known turners and predicted a catch or a projectile just from the sound the tool is making on the wood.
The cutting edge can be moved up and down, side to side and rotated and the movement dictates just how efficient the cut is. Add speed of rotation variation into the mix and we now have a palette of choices to get us the cut needed in a safe and efficient manner. It's a slow learning process and success is usually indicated by the decrease in catches :)

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