The woodturner can turn kiln and air dried wood and wet wood, virtually any part of the tree (trunks, limbs, forks, burls, roots, etc) and any species and countless other materials (bone, ivory, horn, stone, plastic, softer metals, nuts, petrified wood, ice, etc.). And, as turning usually involves minimal material costs and a minimal investment in time, certain ideas follow that give the woodturner some advantages over most other forms of woodworking:

  1. 1. If you make something that you simply don’t like, make it again
  2. 2. To refine/improve an object make it many times
  3. 3. If you destroy/wreck a piece on the lathe, make it again (take a Mulligan)
  4. 4. Feel free to experiment and play with ideas
  5. 5. Readily given to model making
  6. 6. Given to warming up and practicing
  7. 7. Excellent realm to explore/experiment with different texturing, coloring and finishing techniques
  8. 8. Excellent as a production method