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Gazette Archive 2/18/01

A book review by Michael Byck

Title: Turning Green Wood

Michael O'Donnell

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 1861080891
Price Softcover: $17.95 (Canada $25.95 )
144 color pages

When I asked to review this book I expected a book that dealt with turning green wood. What I did not expect was a complete refresher in wood structure, moisture, shrinkage and in the multitude of locations of bowl stock within the tree.

This book is a complete course in taking raw logs and turning them into objects of use and art. With Part 1 we glide through everything from the raw materials, tool selection, chucking and turning techniques. The author does a wonderful and in-depth job of guiding us from tree to bowl. Each chapter is well laid out, well written and illustrated.

In Part 2, Mr. O'Donnell runs us through seven projects of increasing difficulty, each with plenty of close up color photos and color diagrams to aid even the begining turner accomplish this series of works .

I highly recommend " Turning Green Wood " both as a refresher and beginner book for those itching to let the shavings fly!

Michael Byck

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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