About this Site

Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. And if wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it. No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it.

From Seneca the Younger's "Moral Letters" to Lucilius
Letter 6, "On Sharing Knowledge"

This site is intended to be a tool to help those getting started in ornamental turning -- to make that journey easier. The information presented here is given without any commercial gain. God has been very good to me and my family, and this is a way of giving back in a small way. I also choose to fund this web site privately so that the information won't be skewed towards any vendor, and so that it can be presented freely to those who would like to use it.

If you have ideas or thoughts, please send them to me. I want this to be a free, web-based reference tool for those who are new to ornamental turning. I don't like sites with pop-ups, or which track the user for whatever nefarious reasons, so you won't find that here.

Notes that could help make this better would be greatly appreciated (and will probably be added). And, if you don't agree with what is presented here, kindly send me a note and I'll consider your thoughts. I can be contacted at OTBookOfKnowledge @ Gmail.com.

I hope you find this information useful. And, thank you to all those who have provided information and images for use on this site.

With kindest regards,
Rich Colvin

The legal stuff :

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons "Attribution - ShareAlike" license. See the Creative Commons web site for its terms. To the extent that material may appear to be infringed, I assert that such alleged infringement is permissible under fair use principles in U.S. copyright laws. If you believe material has been used in an unauthorized manner, please contact me at the eMail listed above.

And remember: The process of woodturning involves the use of tools, machinery and materials which could cause injury or be a health hazard unless proper precautions are taken, including the wearing of appropriate protective equipment. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before using tools.