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Do you want to teach woodturning?

Developed by Alan N. Leland of Leland Studios

An exploration of woodturning, taught through a series of skill and technique exercises, followed by a variety of fun and challenging projects.

Designed for the instructor, this six-session lesson plan series of preferably day-long, or possibly 3-hour per evening workshop, is designed to provide beginning and intermediate students with a well-rounded set of turning skills. The intent is to provide a turning experience that will start students on their long and enjoyable journey into woodturning. The workshops start with the bead and cove stick, followed by one of several possible simple projects designed to provide students with a sense of accomplishment.

Preview: Available Now!

Includes Table of Contents (for all seven sessions), Safety, Acknowledgements, Introduction, Tools & Resources, Bead & Cove Stick Project. 16 pages.

Session 1: Available Now!

Includes: Bead & Cove Stick; Tips & Techniques for Using a Spindle Gouge; Make a Point Tool, Skew Chisel, Skewgie with Handle; Weed Pot; Ring Holder;  Handles; Soldier; Ornaments; Candlestick; Mushrooms. 43 pages.

Session 2: Available Now!

Includes: Facing Cut, Convex Curves and Concave Curves Exercise; Notes on Lidded Boxes; Mushroom Box with Hand Chased Threaded Lid; The Goblet.


Session 3: Available Now!

Includes: Hollowing Project; Hollow Globe Ornament; Tips and Techniques for Turning Hollow Forms: An Introduction to Shape and Form.

Session 4: Available Now!

Includes:  Faceplate or Side Grain Turning; Notes on Turning Platters; Ikebana Flower Vases; The Artistic Lazy Susan; Turning A Contemporary Elegant Laminated Lamp; Miniature Stool or 17" High Stool; 24" High Three-Legged Stool.

Session 5: Available Now!

Includes: Tool Techniques for Turning Platters and Bowls; Turning Green Wood; Bowl Turning Fundamentals.


Session 6: Available Now!

Includes: Introduction to Discovering and Exploring the Wonders of Shape and Form; Discovering and Exploring the Wonders of Shape and Form; The Vocabulary of Design; Materials and Tools for Embellishing Woodturnings.

Session 7: Available Now!

Includes: Tips and Thoughts on Teaching Woodturning; Tips for Teaching Young Turners; Projects for Young Turners; Turning for Furniture: The Cabriole Leg; Turning Miniatures and Small-Scale Turning; Alan Leland’s Thoughts on Sharpening; Sharpening for Woodturners;  Mastering Sharpening and Tool Techniques.

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