Turning is a special brand of woodworking. In this book Richard Raffan tells you everything you need to know to get started. You'll learn what to look in four basic types of cutting tools. gouges chisels, scrapers and parting tools and how to sharpen them. How to select and prepare stock when to use abrasives and finishes- and when not to. At the heart of the work are Raffans chapters on centerwork and facework turning. Using a series of carefully selected excercises, he teaches you different ways to angle a tool to get the cut and surface you want. Detailed photographs and drawings capture every movement of the cutting edge and clearly show you how to position and support your body affect the shape of the finished piece. Includes projects and a gallery of his work. I learned a lot from this book.