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HERE is a set of articles on finishing by the recently passed master Russ Fairfield.  The advice doesn't get any better than that offered by Russ. Also look at the finishing videos on  And HERE is another comprehensive article on finishing.

The information above doesn't touch on mineral oil or the like for finishing utilitarian items, so here are some thoughts:  Sanding much above 220 is probably a waste of time for oil finishes.  It may in fact be a detriment in that the surface is so polished that penetration (which you want to preserve the wood) is impeded.  Mineral oil or any nut oil is good as they don't turn rancid.  I like roasted walnut oil as it "polymerizes" (hardens and looses its tack) in time.  It also smells great.  You can get it in larger quantities at  For any utilitarian bowl I advise the cook to keep some walnut oil on hand for salads, and to renew the finish of the bowl after use, or when the wood seems dry.  Cleaning with a damp cloth, maybe with a little soap and wiping dry first is fine.  There is a lot of research such as THIS that shows that the tannins in wood are effective in knocking out bacteria.  So, obsessive washing of a bowl is not needed in my mind at least.  After applying walnut oil I will put the bowl in the microwave for a minute or until nicely warm.  It aids penetration substantially.  Wet sanding with the oil is also effective.   I like all this effort over the life of a bowl because it bonds the user to its care and improvement.  A bowl cared for this way can last generations, as they do in traditional societies. (Jerry Hall 2/3/11)

Finish Bottle and Brush - Click HERE.

Turning Green Wood - Click HERE

Series of Woodturning Videos - Click HERE

Tembleur Turning Process - Click HERE

Inside/out Turning Christmas Tree Ornaments - HERE

Off-center Bottle Stopper - Click HERE

Off-center Bottle Stopper - Newer Version - Click - Here

Angel Ornament - Click HERE

Segmented Turning Summary by Malcolm Tibbetts - Click HERE and scroll down.

Polly U Finishing - Click HERE

3-D Design & Wood Turner Pro Tutorial - Click HERE and then HERE for page 2.

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DVD'S - members check out from Librarian Ron Coney
Lessons in Segmented Woodturning Malcolm Tibbetts
Vol. 1 Getting Started
Vol. 2 Tips, Tricks and Feature Rings
Vol. 3 Exploring Possibilities
Vol. 4 Functional Projects
Vol. 6 Special Boxes
Vol. 7 Jewelry
Vol. 8 Furnishings
Create the Original Wood Hat Johannes Michelsen
Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids Ray Key
The Capsule Box Ray Key
The Finial Box Ray Key
Elegant Finials - 3rd Edition Cindy Drozda
Yo-Yo Turning . The one pierce (no glue) design. Ed Davidson
Thin Wall Turning - 2nd Edition Binh Pho
Hollow Forms the Easy Way Lyle Jamieson
International Turning Exchange 33 minute documentary
American Woodturner 2002-2006, Vol. 17-21 CO#3
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BOOKS- members check out from Librarian Ron Coney
The Basics of Turning Spirals Bill Bowers
Turning Boxes Richard Raffen
Turning Wood Richard Raffen
Turning Projects Richard Raffen
Decorative Techniques for Woodturners Hillary Bowen
Classic Woodturning Projects Bonnie Klein
Masterful Wooturning - Projects & Inspection for the Skilled Turner S. Gary Roberts
Wood Turner Bert Marsh
Woodturning Design (magazine) (Christmas Gifts)
Woodturning in Pictures Bruce Boulter
The Encyclopedia of Wood - A tree by tree guide.
River of Destiny - the life work of Binh Pho Kevin Wallace
Band Saw Handbook Mark Duginske
Turning Wooden Jewelry Judy Ditmer
Ornamentl Turnery Frank M. Knox
Miniature Birdhouses Dick Sing
Polychromatic Assembly for Woodturning Emmett Brown & Cyril Brown
Decorating Turned Wood The Maker's Eye Liz & Michael O'Donnell
Hand or Simple Turning Principles and Practices John Jacob Holtzapffel
Wood Turning Trickery David Springett with John Davenport
American Woodturner (magazine) Glenn Lucas
Better Homes & Gardens - Quick & Easy Wood Crafts
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