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13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Richard Raffan Rocks!May 17, 2009
By Rick Carver
Richard Raffan's books are so clear and easy to understand that you feel like he is right there with you. For a beginner they are a great start. I would also recommend the video because even the best drawings are not as good as seeing it done.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Good Advice in Visual FormatJan 01, 2012
By Hobby Woodworker
I am new to turning wood. This is why I bought this DVD movie. It serves my needs well, with advice about lathes, advice on sharpening chisels, advice on the purposes of various chisels, how to advice on using various chisels, and how to advice on many different kinds of turning projects. I highly recommend this video especially for those NEW to turning wood. Happy Turning to You!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
I keep watching it again and again, picking up detailsJan 05, 2012
Richard Raffan is without a doubt a leading light in Woodturning, and this is almost as good as having attending a private class with him. He covers all areas of woodturning, from basics of the lathe, tools, sharpening, and of course, turning.
I found the first part to be a bit pedantic, as he went a bit into the background of what makes a good lathe, dust control, sharpening. Not bad material, but perhaps just a bit excessive.
All of that changes once the wood is chucked up and the lathe is spinning. He does an excellent job of explaining HOW a cut is made, lots of very clear shots at various angles make it clear how the job gets done, what goes wrong, and how to fix it.
I loved the part where he turned an egg, had a catch at the very end, and then showed how you would simply rework it to fix it. The section on facework and bowl turning was very helpful to me also.
If you want a good guide, presented by an individual who knows what he's doing, and presented in a very approachable way, this is the one to get. I rented it, but am seriously considering a purchase, so that I can keep watching it, picking up fine points, building my skills.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Great DVD to go with the bookAug 11, 2011
By Alan Montgomery
Raffan is one of the better wood turning instructors in the world and he has a very famous series of books on the subject.
For those getting started in turning, like myself, a book can only help you so much. Being able to see him use a bowl gouge or skew chisel is much better in action than a still picture.
He is very instruction, personable and can definitely turn wood.
Highly recommended for beginners.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Very helpfulJun 06, 2013
By jeff riechel
I've turned a lot of pens and am looking to expand my turning projects. This DVD is a good way to broaden your skills by being able to see turning being done. Nothing like the real thing to get a feel for something.
However, Raffan goes quickly through aspects that I certainly could have used more instruction, such as when to choose a particular tool over another, more detail on how to cut with different parts of a tool's edge, and even sharpening, though to be fair I suppose I just need to find a system that works for me and practice it.
Watching him whip out several projects is amazing. For me, these were more of a demonstration of his skill rather than functional information that I can use. By the end, I felt that rather than being more skilled myself, or at least have the information to progress in my turning, that what I really need is to take classes somewhere and this DVD established goals for me to strive towards. Maybe that's the actual point here.
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