Christian Bonczek on Amazon.com, January 2017
This is a great book, whether just starting out, or if you have more experience turning. I still frequently check it 10 years after purchase for techniques I haven’t tried yet.The book is well illustrated and uses easy language to explain the why’s, how’s, and when’s of turning. It’s laid out so it’s easy to find a particular subject as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a great reference or a beginners guide. It more than met my expectations, and still does years later.
Paco on Amazon.com, March 2018
I own a copy of this and Mr. Darlow’s design book. Both are excellent. Most woodturning books are about how to make something, or a survey of things people have made. They’re interesting and useful. Mr. Darlow’s books focus on a few areas and really dig into them. The last chapter of this book is on threading… we see wooden threads frequently and we wonder about how they are made, but this book goes into the details of threading in general, and how that knowledge migrates to practices for threading wood, and provides examples of things that work (and don’t!). I thought this treatment was excellent and easily the best (really the only) I’ve seen.
In another chapter he talks about the tools for making nested bowls… not the one tool he uses, but a cross-section of homebuilt, and commercial off-the-shelf tools.
In another chapter he talks at great length about how to use sharpening jigs, and shows you jigs to help you make better use of your jigs. The three goodies in the upper-right corner on the cover are examples of these jigs. Great stuff!!
These books don’t seem popular, probably because they’re more detail than most people want. But, if you want to get into the real shizz on a few topics, this book will help you go go go.
Australian Wood Review magazine
The good looks of this book with its copious quality colour images and diagrams will make digesting its facts and figures a pleasure . . . If you love turning, you’ll love this book which glories in the depths of its subject. Australian Wood Review