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Hey guys
I am doing grade 11 next year, at home, and i really want to include a turning course( gives a great excuse for shop time!).
I am looking for a good self-teaching course outline and prefer one that focuses on bowl turning, but I should learn to spindle turn anyways so either-or works. If anyone knows if such a thing exists or has any other ideas, please let me know.
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Check out the AAW ( American Association of Woodturners), they have teaching guidelines I believe in their resources section. Might have to be a member though.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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The only one that goes by that name (sorta) is Keith Rowley's, that I know of. Book and DVD
http://www.amazon.com/Woodturning-Foundation-Course-Keith-Rowley/dp/1861081146
I have several flagged from on line. They are old but not much really changes. OK, a whole bunch of new tools to spend money on and.. maybe electricity.
I believe one has the technique by Raffan (upside down hollowing) in a book by Holtzapffel about 1856.

A little more current is this one
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15460...-h/15460-h.htm
A COURSE IN WOOD TURNING By ARCHIE S. MILTON & OTTO K. WOHLERS 1919

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
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Hi Nat Bos

I would suggest you become affiliated with a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Most chapters have a library with books and videos on turning but more importantly they have very experienced turners who are willing to help beginners with all aspects of turning such as tool selection, sharpening, safety, and proper use of the tools and equipment. You can find information about local chapters at the AAW website. www.woodturner.org

Hope you follow through with your ambitions, it is a wonderful hobby for me.

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I think “projects,” vice outline better way to go. Picking a project makes it easier to come up with your own outlines tailored to skill level you have to teach.
Quick simple projects get people used to holding tools, stance, and moving body. Spindle turning projects great way to start because easy to mount wood between centers and go at it. Simple faceplate projects like clocks, or end grain boxes lots of fun.
Here are some ideas this fellow put together for beginning, intermediate, and advanced turning projects. You may already have some good project ideas of your own just go with them.
http://aroundthewoods.com/
http://aroundthewoods.com/contents.html#con05
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thanks for all the advice! I really appreciate it!
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Hi Nat Bos

I would suggest you become affiliated with a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Most chapters have a library with books and videos on turning but more importantly they have very experienced turners who are willing to help beginners with all aspects of turning such as tool selection, sharpening, safety, and proper use of the tools and equipment. You can find information about local chapters at the AAW website. www.woodturner.org

Hope you follow through with your ambitions, it is a wonderful hobby for me.

Bob
Thanks for this. I managed to trach down an original copy of A Course in Woodturning (Milton and Wohlers) 1919 https://www.ramsburyart.com/36-home-garden
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That book is available for free online at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15460...-h/15460-h.htm

It may be available other places as well.
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Suzie beat me to it. I was going to suggest following an older wood turning text book. Understand that it will not have information about chucks and fancy Irish grind for tools., BUT, if you complete that text book and all the practices, you will have a better foundation in basic turning than 99% of turners. Bowl turning holds an allure for many. To me, bowl work is a small part of turning. A bowl has utility, but often ends up being a dust collector of a shelf. I like things that move, do work, have a purpose for use other than just sitting there. Tops, yo-yos, rolling pins, chair legs, lamps, a flute, a chanter, a needle case, a dibble, Christmas ornaments, little pieces for the ends of lamp chains, pens, 40 years ago, I was given a rifle in an obsolete straight wall caliber. I took some rock maple and turned loading tools to reload the cartridges because no one made the tools. I loaded cartridges with that wooden set of tools for 35 years, until my house and shop burned down. I recently made a small wooden dish set for a toddler. a set of dishes, bowls and chalices of wood in miniature for a little girl to play with. I also made a small set of bowling pins and a wooden ball, for her 2 year old brother.

For the most part, bowls just sit there. there are so many other items that can be made that can be used every day. That move, that promote play, etc.
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