Steve Shanesy’s “Turning Basics for Furniture Makers” DVD from Popular Woodworking

August 18, 2009

I’ve mentioned it to friends and family, one of my greatest fears in woodworking is turning. I’m not afraid of the tools or the lathe or the piles and piles of wood shavings all over the shop floor. But what I am afraid of is becoming as addicted to turning as I’ve heard other woodworkers have become. The last thing I need is another addiction to yet another type of woodworking!

So far I’ve managed to avoid the talk of lathes and turning projects like the plague. But recently I received a copy of Popular Woodworking’s very own Steve Shanesy’s first DVD. And what was the topic? You guessed it…Turning!

I decided it was time to face my fears and pop the Disc in my DVD Player and watch what scares me most. Afterall I’m a big guy and I can handle myself right? Well the good news is I survived, the bad news is I’m finding myself stalking the tools in the turning aisles at my local woodworking stores.

Steve’s demonstration and discussion of turning techniques were clear, precise and quite honestly inspiring. Whether it was explaining the difference between the various turning chisels, showing how and where you’d use them. Or explaining the how’s and why’s of laying out marks and lines on the turning blanks to get the best efficiency from your time at the lathe. Steve explained each of these and so much more about turning in a way only a master turner can to a new student.

By the end of the disc I found myself once again wrestling with the idea of heading out and picking up a lathe without a second thought. Luckily it was a Sunday and my local woodworking store would’ve been closed by the time I got there…crisis diverted!

One more person who has to be acknowledged in the making of this DVD is Drew Depenning. With the combination of Drew’s camera work and Steve’s teaching, all the details you’ll need to learn about turning are right there and you won’t miss a second of it.

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