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If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
May 14th, 2016 at 7:35am
 
...which book would it be?

I have some spare time this weekend where I will be sitting, doing nothing, but away from my lathe. Amazon has a suaprising number of downloadable turning books, so I thought I would buy one. There are a lot of Richard Raffan books, but many others, too.

Is there one book that yall would recommend over others?
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #1 - May 14th, 2016 at 8:03am
 
Woodturning - A foundation Course.  By Keith Rowley
Turning Green Wood by Michael O'Donnell
Turning Bowls  by Richard Raffan
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Reply #2 - May 14th, 2016 at 6:54pm
 
I have all of Richard Raffan's books and refer back to each on occasion.  Was watching the bowl dvd this morning and boxes this evening.  Best though to get the combinations of book and dvd.
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #3 - May 15th, 2016 at 12:07pm
 
We have all three that Glenn listed but my newest favorite is "Ellsworth on Woodturning" by David Ellsworth.
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #4 - May 23rd, 2016 at 3:22pm
 
I would settle for a book of "nearby woodturning associations" because I have found that while books are good, there is nothing like a short class from someone who knows and is willing to share....  Thumbs Up
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #5 - Jul 12th, 2016 at 7:52pm
 
Ellsworth on Woodturning
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #6 - Jul 14th, 2016 at 3:29pm
 
Downloadable electronic books

Three that I have been looking at are two Raffan books and one by Lacer.

Raffan turning toys is well done and presents some challenges. Raffan did all the photography but one picture.

Better is his all new turning projects. Again his photography is excellent. Raffan is mining his archives on some projects, but presents subtly some good points to ponder. His ego sticks are one, as is his chapter on ladles.

Lacer has a newish book on projects available at the lowest cost of the three. Where Raffan gets right to projects, Lacer uses about a third of the book to review basics of wood turning. Lacer presents some different projects and some special tools to achieve the outcome. Tools are not complex though.

I have Ellsworth, and think it is one for hard copy rather than electronic media.



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Reply #7 - Jul 14th, 2016 at 7:08pm
 
Ah, Ken . . . you mean I have to get a fourth Raffan book and dvd set?  My copy of his Projects video is a VCR tape, but I still refer to it several times a year!
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #8 - Jul 15th, 2016 at 6:07am
 

This is "all new Turning Projects" and has 2015 copyright dates. 

The "Turning Projects" is cited as a 1991 book. 

A long gap between the two.

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Reply #9 - Jul 15th, 2016 at 7:14pm
 
Go ahead, call me a slow learner . . . I still find the classic set helpful. Wink
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Re: If you had to recommend one woodturning book...
Reply #10 - Jul 16th, 2016 at 10:38am
 
Ernie Conover's "The Frugal Woodturner"
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