Ellsworth on Woodturning: How a Master Creates Bowls, Pots, and Vessels

Ellsworth on Woodturning: How a Master Creates Bowls, Pots, and Vessels

by David Ellsworth
     
 

Using this first-ever book from an esteemed artist, woodworkers will learn how to replicate Ellsworth's turning techniques in their home workshops by following clear, easy-to-understand instructions from the grandfather of the contemporary wood-art movement. Featuring step-by-step directions for three projects-a hollow bowl, a natural-edge vessel, and a pot-this guide… See more details below

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Using this first-ever book from an esteemed artist, woodworkers will learn how to replicate Ellsworth's turning techniques in their home workshops by following clear, easy-to-understand instructions from the grandfather of the contemporary wood-art movement. Featuring step-by-step directions for three projects-a hollow bowl, a natural-edge vessel, and a pot-this guide reveals how to correctly position the body so as to increase tool control and prevent back strain while working. For readers new to the lathe, Ellsworth provides tips for mounting objects and making different cuts, including techniques for the "Ellsworth Gouge" tool he created. Intermediate and advanced turners will appreciate the chapter on designing and sharpening their own tools. A gallery of Ellsworth's turnings and those in his personal collection will fuel the fire for artists looking to bring out the natural beauty in wood.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"From the grandfather of contemporary wood-art movement. David Ellsworth provides step-by-step directions for three projects—an open bowel, a natural edged bowl, and a hollow vessel." —"Canadian Woodworking Magazine"
 

David clearly speaks for himself in this book, so if you want to get to know the man, his life, and his work, be sure to buy a copy. - American Woodturner
 
A gallery of David 's turnings and those in his personal collection will really stimulate your turning design juices! We highly recommend this book to all people interested in wood turning!! - Woodturning Design
 
Renowned for creating thin-walled bowls and vases, Ellsworth, a first-time author but a recognized artisan and woodworker, authoritatively here reveals the secrets behind his signature style and offers sound advice. The section on stretching and posture, where he addresses muscle strain or back injury during wood turning, is worthy of major praise. Much of what is covered in this book is very advanced stuff but with results of ethereal beauty. Highly recommended for advanced woodworking collections. - Library Journal
 
The book is beautifully illustrated with signature pieces and is not only incredibly comprehensive but also highly visually engaging.  - Woodturning Magazine
 
Written in a refreshingly clear, direct style and abundantly illustrated with photos of his (and others’) work, Ellsworth’s book would make a useful addition to any serious woodturner’s library.  - Fine Woodworking
 
Best of all, stunning color photographs of Ellsworth’s work will inspire artists to unlock the natural beauty hidden below the surface of the wood and themselves. - The Crafts Report
 
A crucial read for a wood-turner and an enlightening read for a woodworker. - Canadian Woodworking
 

American Woodturner Magazine

David clearly speaks for himself in this book, so if you want to get to know the man, his life, and his work, be sure to buy a copy.

The Crafts Report
Best of all, stunning color photographs of Ellsworth's work will inspire artists to unlock the natural beauty hidden below the surface of the wood and themselves.
Wood News Online/Highland Hardware E-Newsletter
How can you pass up a book with a whole chapter on proper exercises before beginning work?
Fine Woodworking.com
Written in a refreshingly clear, direct style and abundantly illustrated with photos of his (and others' work, Ellsworth's book would make a useful addition to any serious woodturner's library.
Book News
In addition to tools, techniques, and materials, the book discusses the creative process, design, and teaching. All techniques and projects are illustrated with color photos, and a photo gallery of Ellsworth's work provides further inspiration.
Australian Woodworker
It would be hard to imagine a woodturner who would not benefit in some way from this carefully written book by one of the great masters of modern woodturning.
Woodturning Design

A gallery of David's turnings and those in his personal collection will really stimulate your turning design juices! We highly recommend this book to all people interested in wood turning!

Canadian Woodworking Magazine

From the grandfather of contemporary wood-art movement. David Ellsworth provides step-by-step directions for three projects—an open bowel, a natural edged bowl, and a hollow vessel.

Library Journal

Renowned for creating thin-walled bowls and vases, Ellsworth, a first-time author but a recognized artisan and woodworker, authoritatively here reveals the secrets behind his signature style and offers sound advice. The section on stretching and posture, where he addresses muscle strain or back injury during wood turning, is worthy of major praise. Much of what is covered in this book is very advanced stuff but with results of ethereal beauty. Highly recommended for advanced woodworking collections.


—Karen Ellis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565233775
Publisher:
Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
350,097
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.60(d)

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