I can’t recall when I first became aware of woodturning, but I have long been fascinated by it. The idea of taking a block of wood, spinning it in a lathe, and peeling off a stream of chips to reveal something beautiful–a candlestick, a chair leg, a baluster, a bowl–strikes me as being a little bit of magic.

But I have never had an opportunity to learn, until recently I learned that a friend was a woodturner. He introduced me to the MinnDak Woodturners Association. I became a member, and the club has allowed me to “borrow” one of the club’s lathes, plus a set of tools.

And so it begins: The Education of a Woodturner.