Mike’s first book, published in 1985. In black-and-white, it’s been out of print since its full-colour replacement, The Fundamentals of Woodturning, was published in 1998.

Although the text was written in ten days at the end of 1981, the book wasn’t published until 1985. After being let down by several publishers, Mike and his wife set up The Melaleuca Press and self-published the book (Melaleuca is the genus of Australian trees commonly called paperbarks). It subsequently went through six revisions and reprints.

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