Synopses & Reviews
David Ellsworth is the grandfather of the wood art movement and Ellsworth on Woodturning is the book woodturners worldwide have been waiting for. With this first-ever book from the grandmaster of woodturning, woodworkers and artists can learn to replicate his highly evolved techniques and signature style. Step-by-step directions and crisp, absorbing photos show exactly how Ellsworth creates an open bowl, a natural-edged bowl, and an astounding hollow vessel featuring a tiny opening and coin-thin walls. In sharing his vision, Ellsworth reveals not only his techniques, but the power of the creative process-the feeling of direct engagement with the wood that develops an artist from each project to the next. For anyone new to the lathe, Ellsworth on Woodturning provides expert tips for getting started. Intermediate and advanced turners will appreciate advice on everything from working with green wood to design to tool making and sharpening. Best of all, stunning color photographs of Ellsworth's work will inspire artists to unlock the natural beauty in wood. "His work overturned all the deeply help traditions of functionality that had defined turning. For the first time, woodturners were seeing themselves as artists." - Terry Martin and Kevin Wallace, New Masters of Woodturning "A brilliant exposition of the art of woodturning by the premier writer, teacher, and practitioner of the art. It's clear complete, and superbly illustrated." - Jane and Arthur Mason, wood art collectors
"The section on stretching and posture, where he addresses muscle strain or back injury during wood turning, is worthy of major praise." Library Journal
"A gallery of David 's turnings and those in his personal collection will really stimulate your turning design juices! We highly recommend this book to all people interested in wood turning!" Woodturning Design
"From the grandfather of contemporary wood-art movement. David Ellsworth provides step-by-step directions for three projects--an open bowel, a natural edged bowl, and a hollow vessel." --"Canadian Woodworking Magazine" David clearly speaks for himself in this book, so if you want to get to know the man, his life, and his work, be sure to buy a copy. - American Woodturner A gallery of David 's turnings and those in his personal collection will really stimulate your turning design juices! We highly recommend this book to all people interested in wood turning!! - Woodturning Design Renowned for creating thin-walled bowls and vases, Ellsworth, a first-time author but a recognized artisan and woodworker, authoritatively here reveals the secrets behind his signature style and offers sound advice. The section on stretching and posture, where he addresses muscle strain or back injury during wood turning, is worthy of major praise. Much of what is covered in this book is very advanced stuff but with results of ethereal beauty. Highly recommended for advanced woodworking collections. - Library Journal The book is beautifully illustrated with signature pieces and is not only incredibly comprehensive but also highly visually engaging. - Woodturning Magazine Written in a refreshingly clear, direct style and abundantly illustrated with photos of his (and others’) work, Ellsworth’s book would make a useful addition to any serious woodturner’s library. - Fine Woodworking Best of all, stunning color photographs of Ellsworth’s work will inspire artists to unlock the natural beauty hidden below the surface of the wood and themselves. - The Crafts Report A crucial read for a wood-turner and an enlightening read for a woodworker. - Canadian Woodworking
Using this first-ever book from an esteemed artist, woodworkers will learn how to replicate Ellsworth's turning techniques in their home workshops by following clear, easy-to-understand instructions from the grandfather of the contemporary wood-art movement. Featuring step-by-step directions for three projects-a hollow bowl, a natural-edge vessel, and a pot-this guide reveals how to correctly position the body so as to increase tool control and prevent back strain while working. For readers new to the lathe, Ellsworth provides tips for mounting objects and making different cuts, including techniques for the "Ellsworth Gouge" tool he created. Intermediate and advanced turners will appreciate the chapter on designing and sharpening their own tools. A gallery of Ellsworth's turnings and those in his personal collection will fuel the fire for artists looking to bring out the natural beauty in wood.
Learn how to bring out the beauty in wood from the grandfather of woodturning, David Ellsworth. He shares masterful techniques for his signature eggshell-thin hollow designs in three projects for a hollow bowl, natural-edge vessel, and pot. A gallery of his work and the pieces in his collection will inspire both new and advanced turners.
Over the past thirty years, the field of woodturning has grown immensely in numbers and in its creative range. Today, wood-turned art resides in the finest galleries while its reputation as a craft sits on the loftiest perch. At the forefront of this creative movement was David Ellsworth, a wood-art pioneer who revolutionized woodturning and helped elevate the craft into a legitimate art form by creating thin-walled hollow vessels that were as light as eggshells. "David Ellsworth...revolutionized the craft by creating a series of 'bent' tools that make it possible to produce thin-walled hollow forms...(His) investigations and innovations of technique, of material, and of concept-the channeling of ideas through the medium - have laid the foundation of the studio woodturning movement on which future craftspeople will build and broaden." - Jo Lauria and Steven Fenton, Craft in America
About the Author
Over the last three decades, David Ellsworth has earned a reputation as a premier designer of turned wooden vessels and is credited with being the first person to develop practical methods for creating eggshell-thin hollow forms. Ellsworth used his previous experience at the potter's wheel to revolutionize the craft of woodturning, and introduced a new contemporary art form to the world. His work is included in numerous private collections and museums throughout the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the PEW Fellowship for the Arts. Ellsworth is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Woodturners and the Collectors of Wood Art. He travels the country teaching his signature turning methods, and runs a private woodturning school at his home and studio in Bucks County, PA.
Table of Contents
Introduction - The Creative Process...2 Chapter 1 - Working with Green Wood and Dry Wood...6 Chapter 2 - Managing Materials...12 Chapter 3 - Why Turning Tools Work...22 Chapter 4 - Making Tools and Tools Handles...36 Chapter 5 - Sharpening...48 Chapter 6 - Chucks, Glue Blocks and Faceplates...66 Chapter 7 - Design...78 Chapter 8 - The Body...98 Chapter 9 - Turning an Open Bowl with a Cut Rim...108 Chapter 10 - Turning an Open Bowl with a Natural Edge...136 Chapter 11 - Turning the Exterior of a Hollow Form...144 Chapter 12 - Turning the Interior of a Hollow Form...156 Chapter 13 - Turning Spirit Forms...182 Chapter 14 - Jam Chucks and Vacuum Chucks...190 Chapter 15 - Sanding...204 Chapter 16 - Finishing...218 Chapter 17 - Drying Green Wood Vessels...230 Appendix - Teaching...240 Glossary...244 Resources...246