Turning Goblets
by Mike Cripps

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd, PA, USA

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ISBN 0-7643-0033-4

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 129

It is only necessary to visit a woodturning exhibition to see that goblets have a special fascination for many woodturners.

There are probably a number of reasons for this. First, the form of a goblet is eminently suited to construction by turning; second, the goblet shape can often be used to show the best visual features of wood and third, if desired, the end result may be an object which has a purpose beyond that of decoration alone.

The author of this book uses representative examples to provides broad guidance to the art and craft of goblet turning.

Mike Cripps took up woodturning after a career in management. He was one of the founders of the Association of Wood Turners of Great Britain and is now a teacher and demonstrator, as well as running a small business in Middlesex (England) supplying products for woodturning, carving, pyrography and marquetry.

He begins his book with a few pages of what he calls Common Sense Information for Beginners to Woodturning covering such issues as buying a first lathe, choosing and sharpening turning tools and some brief notes on spindle turning. He then provides diagrams of the common goblet shapes before describing the principal tools and the way in which they are used. This is done by way of photographs accompanied by succinct and informative text.

The next three chapters follow the same format - a large number of photos and a limited amount of text. These give step by step guidance in the turning of three types of vessel - a Trumpet Foot Goblet, a Straw Stemmed Goblet and a Chalice in Three Pieces.

The book ends with a small Gallery which further explores the possibilities of goblet turning.

It is likely to find favour among woodturners who wish to develop their skills in goblet making or who want to check the methods they currently use against those of a talented and highly experienced professional woodturner.

About the Author: Mike Cripps is a founding member of the Association of Wood Turners of Great Britain, lecturing throughout the UK and operating a woodturning business in Hayes, Middlesex.

Photos: Colour



Common sense information for beginners to wood turning
- Obtaining knowledge
- Buying your first woodlathe
- Basic turning tools
- Sharpening the tools
Using the lathe: Spindle turning

Turning Goblets
- Trumpet Foot Goblet
- Straw-Stemmed Goblet
- A Chalice in Three Pieces