Author Archives: Ed Pretty

About Ed Pretty

I am a professional woodturner, specializing in gallery work, commercial work, teaching and demonstrating. I have been turning since 1958, so... a long time. I use this site to present my work to the public at large and to let people know that I am available for teaching private lessons in woodturning. Wood turning is one of my passions (the other is motorcycle touring). It is my desire to pass on everything that I have learned over the years to others so that the craft of woodturning will grow.

Sharpening Woodturning Tools

This demo covers sharpening equipment requirements and options including grinder/belt types and wheel types and accessory grinding jigs. Basic tool steel pros and cons are explained. Considerations when sharpening all types of tools (including vee vs. parabolic fluted bowl gouges), … Continue reading

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Sharpening Your Woodturning Tools Properly

Even if you are an experienced woodworker, sharpening woodturning tools is counter-intuitive to sharpening flat woodworking tools. Understanding the difference makes your woodturning experience enjoyable rather than frustrating. Continue reading

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Workshop Dust Control – A Must

Originally written for Craftsy by Ed, titled “Breathe Easier With These Tips for Workshop Sawdust Control” A lathe easily contends for top spot for dust production in your shop. Your only hope of having any control at all is to … Continue reading

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How To Turn a Wooden Scarf Ring and Pin Set

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Turn a Wooden Scarf Ring and Pin Set For Christmas”> A gift made by hand is a gift from the heart. A turned scarf ring and pin set the ideal gift for a … Continue reading

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Spindle Turning Without a Copy Attachment

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “One and the Same: Spindle Turning Without a Copy Attachment” If Eli Wallach were a wood turner, his famous line would have been, “Copiers! We don’t need no stinkin’ copiers!” It seems that … Continue reading

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Mounting Work in a Chuck

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Helpful Tips for mounting Work in a Chuck on a Lathe”. Chucks are one of the handiest ways of holding work on the lathe. There are a few types of chucks but the … Continue reading

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Turning Tool Handles – Turn Your Own

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as ” Turn Your Own Turning Tool Handles”> Turning tools come handled or unhandled, meaning of course, with or without a handle. A ready-made handle is fine but it may not suit the turner’s … Continue reading

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Pommel Cuts: How To

Originally written by Ed for Crafsty as “Pommel Cuts: The Shapes of Things to Come”. A pommel cut on a spindle is the transition between a straight-sided pommel (usually square) to the round or turned portion of the piece. The … Continue reading

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Turning a Lidded Box

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Turning a Lidded Box: Free Step-by-Step Tutorial”. One of the most fun and varied items you can turn on a lathe is a lidded box. In the photo below you can see that … Continue reading

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Woodturning Safety Tips

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Safety at the Lathe: Woodturning Safety Tips”> It’s the only machine tool in the shop where the machine moves the wood and the cutting tool is held by the operator. The lathe, therefore, … Continue reading

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