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Woodturning Workshop

Norfolk Island Pine Bowl (#309)

Tim makes a mess and a masterpiece as he introduces you to Norfolk Island Pine. [27 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning Descriptive Video Service

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Series Description: Woodturning Workshop is a weekly series dedicated to the enjoyment of woodturning. Combining incredible photography and detailed instruction, each 30-minute episode offers a step-by-step look into the world of one of the fasting growing hobbies in the nation. Every week you see a simple block of wood literally 'turn' into a unique piece of artwork or a useful household item. From lidded boxes to Christmas ornaments, you see the entire process from start to finish. WTW is not just a 'how to' show, it also entertains and makes you feel right at home. Whether you are a beginner, a seasoned wood turner or just enjoy watching chips fly... Woodturning Workshop is for everyone.

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  • Christmas Ornament (#103)

    Tis' the season to create a unique ornament to decorate the tree. [27 minutes]

  • Baseball Bat (#105)

    Hit a home run by making a baseball bat using ash. Spindle techniques and the center steady tool. [27 minutes]

  • Harvesting Wood (#109)

    Learn how to make a bowl and discuss everything from wood selection to chainsaw safety. [27 minutes]

  • Green Bowl (#110)

    Learn how to turn a green (wet) wood blank and prepare it for drying. Stand back, shavings will fly! [27 minutes]

  • Dried Bowl/Aaw (#111)

    Learn to complete a finished bowl and visits the American Association of Wood-turners Symposium. [27 minutes]

  • Earring Stand (#112)

    Tim creates a beautiful earring stand from walnut using triangular turning. [27 minutes]

  • Rolling Pin (#113)

    An antique rolling pin is re-created from walnut. Learn sealing techniques for water resistance. [27 minutes]

  • Potpourri Pot (#114)

    Create a potpourri pot from myrtle burl. Learn to inset a pewter lid and get hollowing techniques. [27 minutes]

  • Osage Orange Weed Pot (#115)

    Time transforms a century old fencepost into an exquisite weed pot using Osage Orange. [27 minutes]

  • Purpleheart Tool Handle (#116)

    Make a scraper with a purple-heart tool handle and learn to turn brass a ferrule & insert the steel. [27 minutes]

  • Wine Stoppers (#117)

    Learn how to add some flair to your ornate stopper by inlaying man-made materials. [27 minutes]

  • Chair Spindles (#118)

    Learn how to re-create and duplicate matching chair spindles. [27 minutes]

  • Banksia Pod Paperweights (#119)

    Use this unique design to create paperweights from an Australian Banksia tree pod. [27 minutes]

  • Kitchen Scoop (#120)

    Learn how to use a lathe mounted sanding disk to help shape this handy scoop made from walnut. [27 minutes]

  • Pens (#121)

    Tim creates a beautiful wooden pen and a special shop pencil. [27 minutes]

  • Baby Rattle (#122)

    Purple-heart and maple are the woods of choice for this project. Safety guidelines are shared. [27 minutes]

  • Translucent Bowl (#123)

    Learn techniques to make a bowl thin enough that light shines through. [27 minutes]

  • Candle Stick & Oil Lamp (#124)

    Tim 'illuminates' with techniques for making a candle holder and an oil lamp. [27 minutes]

  • Chasing Threads (#125)

    Learn how to make threads in wood and apply that knowledge to various projects. [27 minutes]

  • Birdhouse Ornament (#126)

    Is it a house for the world's smallest bird or an ornament for your Christmas tree? [27 minutes]

  • Nuts (#201)

    Tim shows how to turn a giant ivory palm nut into a beautiful natural edge vessel. [27 minutes]

  • Duck and Turkey Calls (#202)

    Learn how to make collectible game calls for hunters and meet game call expert Floyd Hudson. [27 minutes]

  • Staved Vessel #1

    Tim visits the shop of "genius of the jig" Bob Fulton, one of the most creative turners around. [27 minutes]

  • Staved Vessel #2

    Tim demonstrates the turning techniques needed to complete this unique and complicated project. [27 minutes]

  • Relief Turning (#205)

    Tim transforms a block of spalted sycamore into a paperweight and learns to photograph turnings. [27 minutes]

  • Spheres (#206)

    Master woodturner Oren Zehner helps explain the process involved in making the world go round. [27 minutes]

  • Chess Set (#207)

    Learn how to design and turn an heirloom quality chess set using Cocobolo and Canary Wood. [27 minutes]

  • Forrest Heritage Center (#208)

    Meet some of the best turners in the region at the Masters at Work woodturning competition. [27 minutes]

  • Snowwoman (#209)

    Winter is coming, the snow is falling and Tim is turning his snowman a companion for his mantle. [27 minutes]

  • Wood Grain Patterns (#210)

    Tim visits with master woodturner Wayne Furr and gets to see a bowl coring system in action. [27 minutes]

  • Vacuum Pump/Natural Edge Bowl (#211)

    Master woodturner Larry Elizondo shows how to hold your work on the lathe with a vacuum chuck. [27 minutes]

  • Elevated Platter (#212)

    Tim creates a beautiful two tiered platter from curly maple using spindle and bowl turning skills. [27 minutes]

  • Pepper Mill and Coffee Mug Kits (#213)

    Tim visits a local woodturning store to get a few ideas and picks up a couple of kits for the shop. [27 minutes]

  • Shop Stool (#301)

    Sit down and come along as Tim shows the step by step process of creating your very own shop stool. [27 minutes]

  • Holiday Bell (#302)

    Tim turns an ornamental bell to hang on a tree, display on a mantle, or to give to someone special. [27 minutes]

  • Fishing Lure (#303)

    Fisherman Charlie Stuart shows how to turn, prepare and paint a fishing lure in Broken Bow Oklahoma. [27 minutes]

  • Turned Tern (#304)

    Tim introduces you to the rare Red Palm Turn...umm Tern (it's a bird!). You won't want to miss this! [27 minutes]

  • Mortar and Pestle (#305)

    Tim steps into the kitchen to show how to turn a mortar and pestle, a helpful, age-old cooking tool. [27 minutes]

  • Hollowing and Slumped Glass (#306)

    Woodturner Steve Worcester demonstrates his unique laser hollowing system in Plano, Texas. [27 minutes]

  • Toy Lawnmower (#307)

    Tim shows you how to make a safe wood turned creation for that special little one in your life. [27 minutes]

  • Green Wood Goblet (#308)

    Tim turns a green wood goblet and takes advantage of the natural drying process of the wood. [27 minutes]

  • Metal Spinning (#310)

    Tim demonstrates how to 'spin' metal on a lathe to create beautiful projects. [27 minutes]

  • Stuart Batty (#311)

    Renowned for his turning skills and humor, Batty shows how to make one of his classic pieces of art. [27 minutes]

  • Tools and Sharpening (#312)

    Tim shows you how to sharpen your tools using several of the sharpening systems on the market. [27 minutes]

  • Cowboy Hat (#313)

    Johannes Michelsen makes his famous feather-light cowboy hats from a 100 pound piece of wood. [27 minutes]

  • Southwest Sandblasted Vessel (#401)

    Nationally renowned woodturner Bill Luce shows off some of his phenomenal sandblasted work. [27 minutes]

  • Preparing Bowl Blanks (#402)

    The process of making a bowl is shown, from harvesting a chunk of wood, to coring and storing it. [27 minutes]

  • Banksia Pod Box (#403)

    Tim gets inspired and turns a lidded box out of a Banksia Pod for his sister's birthday. [27 minutes]

  • Segmented Vessel, Part 1 (#404)

    Tim introduces a turner who created his own unique software to help him design segmented vessels. [27 minutes]

  • Segmented Vessel, Part 2 (#405)

    Bob Hawks shows how to assemble the segmented rings and finish turn the segmented vessel. [27 minutes]

  • Shipping Tube Ornament (#406)

    This year's Viewer Holiday Ornament project is made with walnut, veneer, inlay and a shipping tube. [27 minutes]

  • Desktop Water Fountain (#407)

    Tim gets wet behind the ears as he creates a three level desktop water fountain out of bowl blanks. [27 minutes]

  • Metal Spinning Redemption (#408)

    Tim creates a simple nut dish and metal spinner Tom Farrell makes a spectacular lidded candy dish. [27 minutes]

  • Postage Stamp Dispenser (#409)

    Tim shows how to turn Gothard Knutson's famous postage stamp dispenser using a threading system. [27 minutes]

  • Teaching Kids/Bonnie Klein (#410)

    Tim and master turner Bonnie Klein shows two projects that can be used to teach a child to turn. [27 minutes]

  • Ladle (#411)

    Tim demonstrates how to turn a soup ladle that you would be proud to have at your dinner table. [27 minutes]

  • Trent Bosh/Surface Decoration (#412)

    Master turner Trent Bosch shows Tim how he makes one of his famous carved platters. [27 minutes]

  • Captive Ring Goblet (#413)

    Tim shows you the trick of turning a goblet and rings from one piece of wood. [27 minutes]

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