Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex UK
in The Australian Woodworker Issue 125
This is a revised edition of David Springett's highly original and influential book on using the woodlathe to produce works that are as technically intriguing as they are attractive.
In his foreword to this edition, Ray Key, who notes that his own genre of work is quite different and based on a keep it simple minimalist mantra, says that it is an inspiring book which I am sure will be embraced with relish by those who love technical challenges.
Some years ago, when David Springett was in Sydney, he told The Australian Woodworker that his book grew from the need to keep his mind active during long periods of repetitive turning. He said that he would pose turning problems for himself, then set about solving them in his head as he worked. Later, when he had a chance, he would realise those solutions in wood.
If you keep this in mind as you read through the projects in his book, you are sure to come to an even greater appreciation of David Springett's ability and talent.
The author begins with some preparatory chapters on choosing wood, making jigs and chucks, toolmaking and the basics of turning and marking out spheres. This information is essential to the rest of the book since the chucks and special tools are required in order to make the 14 projects that complete the book.
While some of the work involved in the projects is virtually identical with what is widely known as ornamental turning, it is important to realise that the chucks and tools David describes make it possible to undertake this work on a standard lathe.
As with the first edition of the book, it is unlikely to appeal to those who have come only recently to the craft. But for the more experienced woodturner who is looking for new challenges, David Springett's innovative approach should prove highly rewarding.
to the first edition