A Short History of Wood Turnings

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Turning is the artwork of shaping wood whereas it’s revolving, consequently to supply curved surfaces that could be something from easy cylinders to extra complicated wreathed or spiral shapes.

As such, for a really very long time the artwork and commerce of the turner was thought-about and stored separate from that of the joiner, though there was inevitably a lot overlap as when, for instance, a joiner wanted to supply turned chair or desk legs, balusters, or bedposts, or when a turner wanted to supply flat seats for chairs that have been largely “throwne” (made of turned legs and rungs).

Apart from such structural elements talked about above, which is perhaps used entire or cut up after which utilized as floor ornament, modern turning can also be largely involved with producing bowls, hole vessels, and spindles. Typically lidded, both by easy friction match or by having threads “chased” across the edge of the lid, turning could also be practiced on single strong items of wood or upon segmented, made-up blanks, thereby producing not solely pleasing shapes but in addition fascinating patterns of totally different colour and species.

Graham Blackburn is a furnishings maker, writer, and illustrator, and writer of Blackburn Books (www.blackburnbooks.com) in Bearsville, N.Y.  

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