This post really does emphasise the benefits of getting assistance in learning the skill of woodturning. Books and videos are great, but there is nothing quite like the assistance of an experienced turner to provide guidance and feedback. There are so many little ways of doing things wrong that it is difficult for the beginner to analyse their mistakes.
Another problem with learning from pictures is that they are only two dimensional, and we are working in a very three dimensional space. By my reckoning, the tools that we use have five degrees of freedom:
- sideways along the tool rest
- forward and back over the toolrest
- the handle can move sideways
- the handle can move up and down
- the handle can be rotated
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