Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
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.
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