Practice, practice, practice... and LEARN TO SHARPEN THE TOOLS! I just started and find that that seems to be the largest hurdle for me. Once you know how to put a good clean edge on your tools, you will have no problem getting your tools to do what you want them to do while turning. I can't afford the wolverine jig for sharpening right now so I am forced to free-hand some of them. some I can sharpen no problem and get a very nice edge and others I cannot, round nose scraper for example.
I am still learning myself, I dont have time for a class, I buy books. The goal for me is to try to turn out a piece without much sanding!
My $0.02 cents!
one more thing,
use your scrapers for finish work only!
Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!
Last edited by slicksqueegie; 05-11-2011 at 08:35 AM.