Best Books To Learn Woodturning

Sep 21, 2018 | Turning, Woodworking | 0 comments

One of the more elegant forms of woodworking, woodturning can be both a peaceful and rewarding pastime and a lucrative business.

Some people have sawdust in their veins and feel more at home in the workshop than anywhere else. Woodturners fall amongst this group. Some say there’s no better feeling than standing in front of the lathe and watching your creation evolve from a rough piece of wood into a beautiful masterpiece.

Whether you want to turn legs for a table, bench or chair, create a beautiful bannister railing or turn bowls, ornaments or pens, woodturning can be a great pastime while also earning you a good income from these often sought after items. Woodturning can be a great hobby as well as a full-time job for those with a passion for turning.

If you’ve been thinking of giving woodturning a try, there’s no better time than the present. We’ve put together a list of turning books we think are sure to lead you in the right direction regardless of your experience and ensure you enjoy this enjoyable pastime.


Our Top Pick

Our Top Pick for the best woodturning book is Learn to Turn, 3rd Edition Revised & Expanded: A Beginner’s Guide to Woodturning Techniques and 12 Projects written by Barry Gross. This beginner-friendly step-by-step book covers both the basics, including lathe selection, turning tools and the fundamentals of sharpening, sanding & finishing. It also contains expert instructions, valuable tips, and common-sense advice from Gross, a skilled teacher who knows how to start at the beginning and infuse some fun into your turning

If you’ve considered trying woodturning—but have been intimidated by the tone and scope of the books available on the subject, you’ll find Learn to Turn to be an approachable, informative, and enjoyable guide that will have you turning in no time.

Here is our list of the best woodturning books including our top pick.

If you know of any good woodturning books that we’ve missed, please be sure to share it in the comments below.

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