Any well-coordinated person can pick up the rudiments of spindle turning quickly, says Rude Osolnik. Don’t think about duplicating complex spindles you see in books; concentrate on cutting a nice, free shape, he advises. He recommends working with found wood, which is inexpensive if not free, and stunning. He talks about finding the highs and lows, connecting them with shoulders, coves, and beads. His tool kit is pretty small, and he doesn’t spend a lot of time preparing turning stock, other than drying it and sawing off protuberances. He then explains each step of making a pot, from practicing with the lathe off to forming the concave surface on the pot. And he recommends not sanding the piece once you’re done. In side information, Dick Burrows discusses what it was like to work with Rude Osolnik.

From Fine Woodworking #63