Woodturning Trickery
12 Ingenious Projects
by David Springett

Softcover
210 x 275mm
158pp

Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex UK

R.R.P.$34.90

ISBN 978-1-86108-738-6

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King Arthur's Puzzle


Mouse & Cheese


Apple Core


The Wood for the Trees


Grubby Pear

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 185

David Springett's first book, Woodturning Wizardry, was published in 1993. Shortly afterwards, while he was in Australia, he confided that it was the boredom of turning vast quantities of lace bobbins for his wife's business that had led him to mentally explore the woodturning puzzles contained in his book.

It was an ingenious way of passing the time and one that resulted in him becoming a highly successful author.

Woodturning Wizardry was an immediate best-seller and David has followed it with several other books, all of them examining unusual aspects of woodturning. The latest, Woodturning Trickery is essentially a well-organised, clearly written and well-illustrated workbook, the majority of which is devoted to the presentation of a dozen intriguing projects.

The book begins with some brief notes on Safety. There is then a short section on 'Woods' (only of general value here since its principal focus is overseas species), followed by a couple of pages about tools and equipment and a much longer discussion on the various ways in which work may be held in a lathe. There are also useful treatments of the special techniques required for turning small diameter spindles and the hand chasing of threads.

The projects begin with a cone which holds a captive wooden rod, horizontally about half way up its height. Pulling on the rod, holding the cone at an angle, shaking the assembly - nothing has the slightest effect. Yet the rod can be removed with a simple trick.

Project 2 is a mouse trapped inside a block of cheese (both wooden of course). The mouse is free to move inside its hole but, as if it has eaten too much, it must stay forever inside the cheese.

The third puzzle is a rich, red apple, but it has an obvious worm peeping out through its side. Has the worm ruined the apple? The core must be removed to find out - but it isn’t easy to just take out the core.

The remaining projects include one based on an old disc stacking trick which will be familiar to many. There is also a flying saucer comprised of two halves that defy attempts to separate them unless you are shown how. Then there is a goblet shaped vessel that contains knotted cords and a gracious urn is trapped inside a circular Greek temple...

While the object of each project is to produce an interesting and sometimes frustratingly difficult puzzle, these are all examples of fine woodturning. There’s no doubt that some will test the skills of even experienced turners, but David assures readers that they will be surprised by what they can achieve by following the instructions with care and using a 'gentle touch'.

This is a book for woodturners of practically all levels of skill. The work is painstaking rather than difficult and the end result of each project is a showpiece that will fascinate virtually any audience.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Metric & Imperial

Contents

Introduction

Woods
Tools & equipment
Methods of holding work
Turning small-diameter spindles
Hand-chasng threads
Split turning
Finishes

Projects
King Arthur's Puzzle
- How to remove the sword?
Mouse & Cheese
- Mouse trapped in the Cheese
Apple Core
- How to remove the core to check on the apple?
The Wood for the Trees
- The aim is to transfer the discs, one at a time, from one tree spike to another so they finish re-stacked as a cone. All tree spikes may be used, but a larger diameter disc may never be allowed to cover one that is smaller. Smallest number of moves required is 255
Grubby Pear
- Trick is to seemingly cut the string, seperate the two halves, then reattach them and show the string magically still working.
Flying Saucer
- How to seperate the halves of the flying saucer?
Gordian Knot
- How to undo an impossible knot
Chinese Well
- How to open the well using only the parts around it to support the cover above it
Greek Temple
- How to remove the urn from the temple?
Isaac Newton’s Orange
- How to split the orange?
Magic Mushroom
- How to open the musoroom to release the tiny mushrooms inside?
Bottle lmp
- First the bottle lays on its side, now it stands

About the Author
Suppliers
Index


Flying Saucer


Gordian Knot


Chinese Well


Greek Temple


Isaac Newton’s Orange


Magic Mushroom


Bottle lmp