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OK, so my wife sees me reading emails and one is an advertisement from Woodcraft where they have the Nova Superchuck on sale. She asks what it is and I give her the layman's definition - you use it to make bowls. Well, she says if I want it she will get it for me for our anniversary. Not wanting to miss out on a new tool I jump on it. Only thing is she doesn't work outside the home so I'm the only bread winner. But that's beside the point. Bottom line is, all my woodworking knowledge is self-taught trial and error. I'm excited about getting the opportunity to use this but have no idea about tricks and tips in making a bowl. Classes are out of the question. Anyone got any suggestions?
 

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Youtube has all the classes you can ask for. I watch videos there all the time on several subjects. I have a few of my favorite turners that I watch their channels when they post new pieces.
+1 You can pretty learn everything about woodworking on youtube.
 

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Also great Ideas here , look for a turning cub close to you they will be able to help you also :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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Great to have a wife like that (I'm keeping mine :yes::laughing:)
+ 1 on the videos out there--lots of'em and many different techniques. You'll find that a chuck really makes the lathe much more versatile. Whichever way you choose to learn--safety first!
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Classes are out of the question. Anyone got any suggestions?
Change the question.

Seriously, I've watched dozens of online videos, not one had the same impact on my turning technique as having a class.

As bigcouger suggests -- look for a nearby turning club. The one I go to has a "mentor program" where experienced turners will help guide newbies. Another name for this is "a free class".
 

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+1 with the others. Hands on will be the best for you such as local woodturning club if you have one.

Bob Hamilton has a LOT of YouTube videos aimed to educate others. He has attempted to cover many topics, spindle turning, bowl turning, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/user/bobham5

You should also watch all 1 1/2hr of Mike Peace's excellent how to chuck wood on a lathe video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUXil-5dEeo

As soon as you begin to turn something only a matter of time until you need to sharpen one or more tools. Some woods it may be minutes. Not joking. Watch this Gary Gardner series on how to sharpen. This is part 1 of 6. You can get to the rest from here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ljhd_WbAOw
 

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