Practice, Basic Skills & Safety
While it is possible to create functional and beautiful objects
without spending long hours practicing basic skills, this accelerated
pace often means sacrificing good technique. Repetitive practice of the
essential elements is central to learning almost any skill -- and
woodturning is no different. There are also critical steps to safely
enjoying the woodturning experience. When it comes to safety, equipment
set-up, and sharpening, there’s no reason to develop your own rules.
Through both experience and mistakes, many woodturners before you have
learned valuable lessons they are willing to share with others. AAW and
its affiliated chapters are excellent resources for advice, woodturning
technique, and critical information about safety, equipment set-up, and
Below are AAW resources that encourage a fun and safe learning experience.
AAW Members-Only Resources
- AAW EXPLORE! is a members-only online tool that makes exploring the most extensive online woodturning library in the world quick and easy. More than 2,500 items currently make up the expanding EXPLORE! collection and are searchable by topic and keyword. Visit EXPLORE!
- AAW Video Source is a web-based tool that offers access
to a library of useful online woodturning videos prescreened by the AAW
for quality and safety, and searchable by topic and keywords. Check out Video Source.
- AAW Membership: With the largest portfolio of woodturning-related material in the world, AAW is the go-to source for woodturners of all skill levels. A membership with the AAW can help you learn and thrive in your woodturning experience, as well as connect with others who share your passion. View portfolio of AAW member benefits. Join AAW.
- AAW Chapters: The AAW has more than 350 dynamic chapters globally. Each chapter is an independent organization of enthusiasts who get together to learn woodturning skills, share techniques, support the community, and enjoy the camaraderie of other woodturners. Find a chapter near you.