New Woodturning
Techniques and Projects

by Helga Becker

Hardcover
235 x 260mm
206pp

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA

R.R.P.$52.90

ISBN 978-0-7643-5018-4

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Sphere with Helga Becker


Human Figures with Helga Becker


Decorative Sphere with Helga Becker


Cross-Grain Wood Bowl - Open with Helga Becker


Cross-Grain Wood Bowl - Undercut with Helga Becker


Lampshade with Helga Becker


Openwork Vase with Helga Becker

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 193

Until the 1970s, woodturning had lain practically dormant for decades, almost entirely constrained to prosaic turnings for utilitarian applications.

Then, over a period of some 20 years, woodturning became not merely a popular craft, escaping from its professional confines to inhabit the workshops of recreational turners in many countries, but also a well recognised art form.

Progress then slowed, but it has never stopped, and every few years, books appear that present the latest techniques and plot the exploration of new designs - designs that frequently include working the turned piece with additional tools on or off the lathe.

New Woodturning examines the work of six eminent woodturners. It presents a series of 18 projects, eight attributed to the author, Helga Becker, while each of the remaining pieces is the work of one of the other five craftsmen.

Helga Becker is described as travelling widely and leading workshops and courses at international symposiums in countries including Norway, England, France, Switzerland and the United States.

Some of the other contributors will be known to readers in this region either from their published work or by their demonstrations at local symposiums. They are: Eli Avisera, Christian Delhon, Jean-François Escoulen, Roland Walter and Jo Winter.

As you would expect of masters of their craft, the projects generally fall into the 'advanced' category. They include Human Figures, a Lampshade and Openwork Vase by Helga Becker, a Square Bowl and a Jerusalem Bowl by Eli Avisera (the surface of the latter has the appearance of stone), a Star in Sphere and a Chinese Sphere by Christian Delhon, a Trembleur and an Eccentric Bowl by Jean-François Escoulen, a Cowboy Hat by Roland Walter and a Double Neck Vase by Jo Winter.

All the projects are treated in a similar manner - a photo of the finished item followed by a careful description of how it is made, supported by step-by step photos (all by professional photographer, Richard Becker). Drawings are given where appropriate and there is a list of the wood, tools and accessories used.

The book offers guidance to intermediate and experienced woodturners in tackling interesting and attractive projects devised by a group of the world’s leading practitioners of the craft.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Metric

Contents

Preface
About the Turners
- Helga Becker
- Eli Avisera
- Christian Delhon
- Jean-Francois Escoulen
- Roland Walter
- Jo Winter

Equipment
- TheWorkshop
- The Lathe
- The Tools
- Sharpening Devices for Woodturning Tools
- Grinding Devices for Sanding
- Additional Equipment

Work Safety

Turning Techniques

Projects
Turning Spheres
- 1. Sphere with Helga Becker
Angular Turning
- 2. Human Figures with Helga Becker
- 3. Decorative Sphere with Helga Becker
Wet Turning of Cross-Grain Wood
- 4. Cross-Grain Wood Bowl - Open with Helga Becker
- 5. Cross-Grain Wood Bowl - Undercut with Helga Becker
Wet Turning of End-Grain Wood
- 6. Lampshade with Helga Becker
- 7. Openwork Vase with Helga Becker
Thread Cutting
- 8. Threaded Canister with Helga Becker
Turning Bowls
- 9. Spindle Bowl with Helga Becker
- 10. Jerusalem Bowl with Eli Avisera
- 11. Square Bowl with Eli Avisera
Artistic Turning
- 12. Chinese Sphere with Christian Delhon
- 13. Star in Sphere with Christian Delhon
- 14. Trembleur with Jean-Francois Escoulen
Eccentric Turning
- 15. Eccentric Bowl with Jean-Francois Escoulen
Turning Hats
- 16. Cowboy Hat with Roland Walter
Shadow Turning
- 17. Bowl — Half Open with Jo Winter
- 18. Double-Neck Vase with Jo Winter

Gallery


Threaded Canister with
Helga Becker


Spindle Bowl with Helga Becker


Jerusalem Bowl with Eli Avisera


Square Bowl with Eli Avisera


Chinese Sphere with
Christian Delhon


Star in Sphere with
Christian Delhon


Trembleur with
Jean-Francois Escoulen


Eccentric Bowl with
Jean-Francois Escoulen


Cowboy Hat with Roland Walter


Bowl — Half Open with
Jo Winter


Double-Neck Vase with
Jo Winter