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Oct 23rd, 2017 at 3:17am
 
"what is the best piece of advice you would give to a beginning turner?"

for me, "don't sweat the fancy stuff. get the basics down first."
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Re: advice
Reply #1 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 9:25am
 
Join your local chapter of the AAW.   Thumbs Up
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Reply #2 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 10:30am
 
While there many things I would advise, there are an equal amount of things to warn against but the main item I would advise is patience.

Try to practice patience, everyone learns in different ways and at different speeds.
Try to not get discouraged, as with most woodworking disciplines, there are many ways to achieve the same goal.
If woodturning is something you want to pursue, you will eventually find the path that suits you.
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Reply #3 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 10:52am
 
Learn how to sharpen a pencil by hand. It shows you how to address the grain if the wood. Then have them sharpen it up from the point and see what happens.
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Reply #4 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 12:48pm
 
invest in a tool sharpening set. Learn to sharpen your tools. Dull tools are: First, dangerous, second, will not give good results.  Too many people starting out, buy all the fancy tools but not how to sharpen them. Then get discouraged because they can't turn the fancy stuff.

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Reply #5 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 2:40pm
 
I'd say find/visit a local Woodturning Club and explore pairing up with a member to learn the tools/lathes/sharpening.
Not the way I learned (I did most on my own), but IS the way that's worked for a couple of newby friends that decided to learn the art.  Gave me great pleasure in seeing them not replicate all the "wrong" things that I did in the past.
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Reply #6 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 9:05pm
 
I like Reed Gray's advice: Stay out of the way. If something blows up, the dangerous piece that was going to put a hole in your head just wizzes by.
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Reply #7 - Oct 24th, 2017 at 6:25pm
 
Practice, practice, practice, you can never get good enough.
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Reply #8 - Oct 25th, 2017 at 2:23pm
 
Enjoy! Be Safe and Enjoy!
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Reply #9 - Oct 28th, 2017 at 5:55pm
 
If you want to turn bowls, buy a bowl gouge, even if it is a Benjamin's Best (for example) and learn how to sharpen it.
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