Woodturning. The journey so far…

I’ve had a lathe for 6 or 7 years now, but until recently I’ve only really created woodshavings and dust.

A few exceptions do exist,  one of the first pieces I turned was a priest (not the clerical type, the ones used for dispatching fish to the afterlife) which found its way to a relative, but it was hardly an example of good turning.

Several handles for garden trowels have also been roughly shaped on the thing, along with a bowl turned from Sycamore which now sits on my bedside bookshelf and contains loose change of varying denominations.



Immediately after turning the above bowl, I obtained a Padauk blank, anchored it to the lathe and had a few sessions trying to get somewhere with it.
Now anyone who has used a wood lathe will be aware of what happens when you get a ‘catch’, and it can be bloody scary.  Following a couple of these on the padauk, I walked away, too scared to retry, and it remained untouched and unloved for the next 2 years.


During this hiatus, I watched numerous youtube videos, read books, investigated websites devoted to turning but nothing gave me the confidence to go back to the angry spinning thing that seemed intent on biting me whenever I gave it a chance.

Then, about 4 months ago, I discovered a chap on youtube called Martin Saban-Smith and something just clicked and I couldn’t wait to get back down in the shed.

Since then, several bowls have been turned including three that became Christmas presents. The Padauk bowl was one of these.


Turning is now far more pleasure than pain with ’30 minutes in the shed’ regularly becoming several hours.  2018 should be a productive year.

2 thoughts on “Woodturning. The journey so far…

    1. Thanks Patrick… I have to agree, its a very dusty wood to turn with quite a distinctive aroma. Turning it during the summer months is horrible due to the need for a facemask.
      Before completing it I swore I would never touch padauk again but now I want to get more, probably 1 to 2 inches thick in order to minimise the amount of wood taken away to complete the project


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