My conclusion is that most woodturners learn the basics of turning quickly (within about a year). So rather than focusing attention on subjects (e.g. sharpening or “how to cut” etc.) that have been thoroughly covered by other great DVD’s and books, I focus my instruction on the finer elements of design and and the tool control necessary to achieve the subtleties of design.
I hope, through my observations, to help you better “see” what makes up good form and elegant lines so that you can apply that to your own work and grow from there. The “platform” I’m using for this instruction is the simple peppermill because it affords many graceful lines that can be studied. But even if you never make a peppermill, what you will learn from this DVD will help increase your knowledge of tool control.You can then apply graceful contours to all of your work and it will help you understand the thought processes necessary to capture the finer aspects of design. Apply these techniques and your work will ultimately improve.
William Ellen –
I have all of Ted’s DVDs and have watched them multiple times. I learn something new every time I watch them. They are clear, easy to understand and very much to the point. The close ups of what he does are especially helpful.