Author: Richard Raffan
Published by: Taunton Press
Published: 2015
Pages: 186
RRP: $39.99


As a contributing editor to Australian Wood Review and an internationally known woodturner, author, teacher and creative artist Richard Raffan doesn’t need too much introduction. As well as numerous books, Richard has written possibly hundreds of articles on design, tools, techniques and projects for woodturners. His books are regarded by many as classics, so it is exciting to see the publication of a book of new projects.

Each of the 19 chapters presents a project that is the starting point for infinite variations. Richard is highly skilled at explaining processes in the most understandable and readable way, and backs this up with excellent photographs that take you step-by-step from start to finish. Throughout the book there are diagrams and notes which explain design and technique fundamentals.

Richard goes back in time to demonstrate some of the items he made when he first started out as a production turner, some 40-odd years ago. He then progresses through a range of other projects, many of which take advantage of chucks and accessories which have become available during that time.

The projects include pull-cord knobs, spatulas and stirrers, mallets, ego sticks, lamp base and shade, bookends, coat pegs, maul, bowls, scoops, shaker, spatula pot, candleholders, nesting boxes, duck call, plates, ladles and handled bowls.

The finished items shown in the book are attractive and of course can be varied. Here you have the starting point for producing gifts and production items, all the while extending your own skills and techniques.

This book would suit beginner and intermediate level turners and is highly recommended.

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