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UPDATE: Turning Toys with Richard Raffan

comments (79) November 27th, 2013 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Turning Toys with Richard Raffan
The Taunton Press, 2013.
$24.95; 192 pp.

WenShank is today's winner.

With the holidays just around the corner, Turning Toys with Richard Raffan might be the perfect book to inspire you to start cranking out those gifts. The book includes 18 different toy projects with step-by-step photos and illustrations. You can learn to make racing cars, magic wands, teethers and rattles, and even a croquet set. The book also includes a large section covering safety, tools, wood and preparing blanks, and basic turning tips.

Lucky WenShank is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Be sure to check back often for more great giveaways.

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Comments (79)

GregWorks GregWorks writes: I like Raffan's books and videos. This would be a fine addition to my library.
Posted: 1:17 pm on November 26th

Oldguy2 Oldguy2 writes: This would be a nice complement to the other two books from Mr Raffan that got me started in turning.
Posted: 12:19 pm on November 26th

Shelledy Shelledy writes: I always looking for toy ideas and I enjoy turning.
Posted: 8:50 am on November 26th

fmarabate fmarabate writes: This would give me a reason to get back into turning.
Posted: 4:23 pm on November 25th

uscggunslinger uscggunslinger writes: Posting in an effort to win the book. Wonder how many toys are "turnable".
Posted: 1:02 pm on November 25th

xv144 xv144 writes: In a few months I am retiring from my day job in an office after 30 years. I will finally have time to work in my woodshop and make wooden toys to sell to supplement my retirement income. I just bought a midi lathe this month to complete my shop. Looks like this book would get me off to a great start.
Posted: 12:38 pm on November 25th

bmuirrochesterhills bmuirrochesterhills writes: Just what I have been looking for. My grandson love wooden toys I make for him.

Posted: 11:36 am on November 25th

fishcad fishcad writes: Just bought Richard's basic DVD. Looking forward knowing what I"m doing.
Posted: 9:55 am on November 25th

Lesterz Lesterz writes: Richard is a great influence on all hopeful turners.
Posted: 3:58 am on November 25th

Hawki72 Hawki72 writes: Have two granddaughters who would certainly benefit by Grandpa winning the book.
Posted: 9:58 pm on November 24th

annej88 annej88 writes: What a great way to work on turning skills!
Posted: 9:26 pm on November 24th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: A good book to help teach turning to kids
Posted: 7:57 pm on November 24th

evanism evanism writes: It's amazing that a world renown turner lives just up the road from me :) hello from Canberra.
Posted: 6:45 pm on November 24th

dave 07 dave 07 writes: Made a train set that will be posted soon for my 2 yr old g'son always looking for new ideas. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 5:56 pm on November 24th

baldbob47 baldbob47 writes: I need this to turn gifts for grandkids. Wood be nice.
Posted: 5:22 pm on November 24th

splumb splumb writes: Nobody does it better!! Looks like a great book!
Posted: 2:30 pm on November 24th

splumb splumb writes: Nobody does it better!! Looks like a great book!
Posted: 2:28 pm on November 24th

splumb splumb writes: Nobody does it better!! Looks like a great book!
Posted: 2:28 pm on November 24th

splumb splumb writes: Nobody does it better!! Richard has taught me how to turn through his books and video!
Posted: 2:27 pm on November 24th

splumb splumb writes: Nobody does it better!! Richard has taught me how to turn through his books and video! Looks like a great book.
Posted: 2:27 pm on November 24th

MJRWOOD MJRWOOD writes: Pick me, pick me! Please! Should be a good book written by one of the best. Can't wait to get it.
Posted: 2:13 pm on November 24th

MattOwen MattOwen writes: Looks like this would be a great book! Raffan has already put out so much good information on turning. I highly recommend his videos.
Posted: 1:27 pm on November 24th

carpentarius carpentarius writes: Looks like a great book. Just in time for Christmas.
Posted: 11:08 am on November 24th

Tmidtbo01 Tmidtbo01 writes: Would love to add to my skill set of making more toys for my grandchildren, and other children with handmade toys.

Posted: 10:53 pm on November 23rd

chipmaker2 chipmaker2 writes: Toysareus
Posted: 8:34 pm on November 23rd

Stanzee Stanzee writes: I believe this book will give me countless ideas for making toys to give to young patients in our local children's hospital. It is decorated extremely well but they cannot take the atmosphere home with them but a toy would be a nice substitute.
Posted: 8:22 pm on November 23rd

Stanzee Stanzee writes: I believe this book will give me countless ideas for making toys to give to young patients in our local children's hospital. It is decorated extremely well but they cannot take the atmosphere home with them but a toy would be a nice substitute.
Posted: 8:22 pm on November 23rd

John900 John900 writes: This would be a great book, since who doesn't like to make a child smile with a hand made toy.
Posted: 7:35 pm on November 23rd

cbeckham cbeckham writes: This book would be great. New grandchild this year. Looking for toy projects.
Posted: 7:05 pm on November 23rd

leeh522 leeh522 writes: Can't wait to get started reading...and turning.
Posted: 6:33 pm on November 23rd

Bjogob Bjogob writes: I have made some wooden toys for my grandchildren but never turned one. So, I would like to have this book.
Posted: 4:48 pm on November 23rd

Rick in Bothwell Rick in Bothwell writes: Some new ideas would be great, I like to make a few toys for our local fire departments Christmas drive each year.
Posted: 1:53 pm on November 23rd

BobAldea BobAldea writes: I've seen one of the toys and plan to try and make one.
Posted: 1:20 pm on November 23rd

jerusalemwoodart jerusalemwoodart writes: great book! perfect for a turner with young kids.
Posted: 1:17 pm on November 23rd

pabull pabull writes: Looks like a book i need to get on my shelf.
Thanks for offering us a chance to win.
Posted: 12:51 pm on November 23rd

Kengaroo Kengaroo writes: This book would be perfect because I have a mini-lathe and I want to make toys.
Posted: 12:35 pm on November 23rd

Hoeppr Hoeppr writes: I've made many toy cars for needy children at Christmas, but never using lathe. Since most of my time is spent turning, this would be great for new ideas.
Posted: 12:34 pm on November 23rd

firelock firelock writes: With all my grand children and great grand children your new book will sure come in handy.
Posted: 12:29 pm on November 23rd

skeenum skeenum writes: Looks like another great book.
Posted: 11:30 am on November 23rd

psuleroy psuleroy writes: It sounds like a great book.
Posted: 11:24 am on November 23rd

FarRed FarRed writes: I'm always interested in a person who has to make a living off his woodworking. It's the guy who has to put food on the table that has the real skills. Richard is who got me into woodworking. I spent a year doing nothing but turning, watching his videos, and reading his books.
Posted: 10:39 am on November 23rd

user-2468612 user-2468612 writes: I love to gain new knowledge about woodworking. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Posted: 10:12 am on November 23rd

user-434802 user-434802 writes: I'm always willing to learn and a book in hand is the best lesson.
Posted: 10:05 am on November 23rd

jbeal jbeal writes: Sign me up.
Posted: 9:23 am on November 23rd

frankbkern frankbkern writes: Excellent! Tis going on the 'ol Christmas list!
Posted: 8:43 am on November 23rd

bobbyb1959 bobbyb1959 writes: This kind of work is what keeps me coming back for more!
Posted: 8:40 am on November 23rd

cmdr101 cmdr101 writes: This time of year I make toys for the kids that I know and some I don't in the neighborhood. I have never made anything on the lathe for the kids so this would open up a whole new area for me. Even if I don't win the book I may buy it for the ideas.
Posted: 7:50 am on November 23rd

smitr smitr writes: I've been making presents for the grandchildren for several years and this would be yet another idea for projects that they will remember me by.
Posted: 7:13 am on November 23rd

GlennD62 GlennD62 writes: I have always enjoyed all books written by Mr. Raffan. This is one more to add to the list.
Posted: 6:30 am on November 23rd

boater boater writes: I have grandchildren and great grandchildren who would love toys turned by Gramps.
Posted: 6:26 am on November 23rd

wellsy wellsy writes: Sounds like a terrific book. Love Raffan's basics book, so I'd love to have this one. My daughter would enjoy the results.
Posted: 6:02 am on November 23rd

natfine natfine writes: Love to have this book Richard is one of the best turners
Posted: 5:33 am on November 23rd

pianola pianola writes: Being a Aussie like Richard gives myself an advantage as well as six grandchildren who enjoy the toys I make now but would enjoy the results from the book as well.
Posted: 4:30 am on November 23rd

CorkVictoria CorkVictoria writes: I began my woodturning hobby 10 years ago by purchasing a R. Raffan book and DVD and have been making "designer sawdust" ever since. This one also interests me.
Posted: 9:21 pm on November 22nd

jcwnr jcwnr writes:
I am a turner too.
Posted: 8:39 pm on November 22nd

captlen captlen writes: Richard does a great job of explaining thngs. My grand Kids are going to love this book! (:
Posted: 10:09 am on November 22nd

sawandsew sawandsew writes: We are enjoying our long awaited one and probably only grandson last year ( 16 years ) and looking forward to making handmade gifts for him. I would love to add this book for my collection of ideas. Just retired and excited about being able to spend more time in my wood shop.
Posted: 7:55 am on November 22nd

PurdueDan PurdueDan writes: Would love to make toys for the kids.
Posted: 3:32 pm on November 21st

Popsweet Popsweet writes: I just finished making my wood lathe with a 9 foot bed of pecan a la Carlyle Lynch March/April 1986 Fine Woodworking. Toys have always been my best fun.
Posted: 7:18 am on November 21st

Eriewood Eriewood writes: With three Grandchildren, I am always looking for more wooden toy ideas. Always interesting to se whats new in wooden toys !
Posted: 3:37 am on November 21st

Sinders Sinders writes: I turn lots of toys for my grandchildren and for our clubs Kids for Cancer Charity. This book will not only be enjoyed by me but also by my woodturning club with a whole lot more new ideas to turn.

Posted: 11:52 pm on November 20th

FrankGearson FrankGearson writes: I would love this book, plenty of Grandkids that need toys for Christmas!
Posted: 3:30 am on November 20th

judefan judefan writes: Raffan, this book is ever-so-coveted by me!
Posted: 10:01 am on November 19th

Arminius Arminius writes: Enjoyed the podcast with Raffan
Posted: 5:27 am on November 19th

Gman1949 Gman1949 writes: This is a book I would love to have. Just added it to my Christmas list.
Posted: 10:45 pm on November 18th

Woodworker3301 Woodworker3301 writes: I have other books by Richard Raffan and can't wait to win this one. I have two grandkids to start turning christmas projects.
Posted: 9:42 pm on November 18th

buoyd buoyd writes: For me, Richard Raffan's books and videos have been, by far, the most valuable instructional and inspirational materials I have studied in learning to turn wood. I look forward to seeing what this book has to offer. Thanks, Richard.
Posted: 9:17 pm on November 18th

1911kevin 1911kevin writes: This will come in handy with a new baby boy on the way!
Posted: 5:46 pm on November 18th

DanLip DanLip writes: hat meet ring
Posted: 1:21 pm on November 18th

WenShank WenShank writes: This would help round out my Raffan collection.
Posted: 12:18 pm on November 18th

herminge herminge writes: Would be nice to have
Posted: 9:39 am on November 18th

RobertWhiteneck RobertWhiteneck writes: Through my name in the hat.
Posted: 8:54 pm on November 17th

ahuse1984 ahuse1984 writes: i would like to make some toys
Posted: 5:42 pm on November 17th

ShooterBoy ShooterBoy writes: It sure would be sweet to turn some toys for Christmas!
Posted: 4:44 pm on November 17th

TimH47 TimH47 writes: Loved hearing Richard on Shop Talk Live
Posted: 1:15 pm on November 17th

MikeSweet MikeSweet writes: I have a couple of his videos on VHS. Love his method and speed of turning. This book would be perfect for me because I make toys and I have a mini-lathe. I wish they had more turning shows on tv
Posted: 12:52 pm on November 17th

jonquinn jonquinn writes: I would like to have this book, and I've got to be due for a win.
Posted: 12:15 pm on November 17th

macpony macpony writes: Richard always has great tips and lessons in his books and videos. ;-)
Posted: 11:50 am on November 17th

MTMan2 MTMan2 writes: Interested in Richard Raffan’s new book. One of the first things I ever saw on turning was by Raffan.
Posted: 10:49 am on November 17th

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