Possibly one of the best bowl turning books ever published. Richard Raffan, a British turner now living in Australia, was one of a handful of turners from the 1960’s and 70’s that popularised the art and craft of turning around the world.
Split into 7 chapters, the book covers all aspects of bowl turning:
- Wood – What to Look For and Where to Find it
- Preparing Blanks – From Log to Lathe
- Form – The Good, The Bad and The Sublime
- Walls, Rims and Bases – Bowls That Feel as Good as They Look
- Green-Turned Bowls – Working with Warp
- Surface Decoration – Detailing , Coloring, Burning, Sandblasting
- Decorative Reshaping – Carved, Pierced, Hacked, Hewed and Joined
Chapters 4 and 6 are the winners for me. There is wealth of information on every conceivable rim design and piece decoration and how that can ultimately dictate the overall design of the a bowl.
With 160 pages overall, the majority are packed with eye watering images to stretch your imagination.