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UPDATE: The Creative Woodturner by Terry Martin

comments (112) August 7th, 2014 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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The Creative Woodturner: Inspiring Ideas and Projects for Developing Your Own Woodturning Style by Terry Martin
Linden Publishing, 2014.
$24.95; 144 pp.

We have a winner!

Terry Martin is an established woodturner and has written a new book, The Creative Woodturner. This isn't your typical "how-to" book. It isn't going to teach you about tools and techniques - you probably already know that stuff. But it is going to show you how to develop your artistic style.

The 1st chapter, "Thinking About Turning" is filled with poignant quotes from the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Pablo Picasso and they get you thinking. It also provides insightful observations from Martin's past and from other artists that will help you to think and see things differently. Then, 16 inspiring projects show you how Martin's creative process works. And at the same time you will learn some useful turning tips.

The Creative Woodturner "will teach you to think and see differently so your time at the lathe is not spent imitating someone else, but creating the original ideas that will set you apart."

Lucky woodybits is our winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Be sure to check back soon for another great giveaway.


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Comments (112)

fishcad fishcad writes: Ooh, ooh, I want this.
Posted: 7:44 am on September 17th

John_Schaalje John_Schaalje writes: please enter me in the list
Posted: 3:47 pm on August 6th

user-2497074 user-2497074 writes: There's always place in my library for an interesting book.
Posted: 3:32 am on August 6th

user-3191718 user-3191718 writes: Always open to learning a new skill from an expert. Hook me up and I'll get the lathe warmed up.
Posted: 9:59 pm on August 5th

andybarss andybarss writes: Terrific to see a new Terry Martin book. Everything I've read by Terry has been first-rate. The book New Masters of Woodturning is terrific.
Posted: 9:21 pm on August 5th

andybarss andybarss writes: Terrific to see a new Terry Martin book. Everything I've read by Terry has been first-rate. The book New Masters of Woodturning is terrific.
Posted: 9:21 pm on August 5th

woodtoad woodtoad writes: Looks like some advice and some new challenges. Bring it on!
Posted: 8:14 pm on August 5th

casaheil casaheil writes: Looks like a nice book. It might help get me started on a turning project.
Posted: 11:50 pm on August 2nd

gjstl gjstl writes: This looks like a great book.
Posted: 7:23 pm on August 2nd

Kerob Kerob writes: This looks like a great book and learning tool. I would love to read it. Winning it would be the best!
Posted: 8:16 am on August 2nd

opamonster opamonster writes: The book sounds very stimulating. Can't wait to win it.
Posted: 10:14 am on August 1st

GafferGlatt GafferGlatt writes: New ideas for turning would be great.
Posted: 8:50 pm on July 31st

shopboy shopboy writes: Looks like a great book. Will make a great addition to my woodworking library.
Posted: 8:18 pm on July 31st

HSP HSP writes: Exciting out of the box inspirations.
Posted: 9:19 pm on July 30th

Jamul Jamul writes: Looks Great from the cover
Posted: 10:05 pm on July 29th

mjend mjend writes: I may be new to woodturning, but I've always been one to look at things differently and don't do things the simple way. I think this book would be a true source of inspiration. I would truly cherish the opportunity to have this book in my library.
Posted: 10:05 pm on July 29th

user-883045 user-883045 writes: I'm a teacher who likes my students to think outside the circle of the lathe. I have, in the past, drawn inspiration from the work of Stephen Hogbin. This book appears to include similar explorations so I'd love to have it as a reference. Thanks for the competition. I've never posted a comment before.
Posted: 7:14 pm on July 29th

user-883045 user-883045 writes: I'm a teacher who likes my students to think outside the circle of the lathe. I have, in the past, drawn inspiration from the work of Stephen Hogbin. This book appears to include similar explorations so I'd love to have it as a reference. Thanks for the competition. I've never posted a comment before.
Posted: 7:14 pm on July 29th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: Sweet!
Posted: 11:57 am on July 29th

wdworkr wdworkr writes: Let's hope somebody from Missoula wins it --- but not Matt! :-)
Posted: 9:40 am on July 29th

buoyd buoyd writes: Looks like a book that would get you thinking out of the (round) box.
Posted: 9:13 am on July 29th

LSCookcool LSCookcool writes: Becoming a Creative Woodturner would be fabulous. I love seeing what I can get out of an odd piece of wood now. I'm sure this book will be inspiring. Thanks for the chance at the Book Giveaway.
Posted: 12:02 am on July 29th

user-3608915 user-3608915 writes: Let's be creative and determine how to use this book effectively.
Posted: 9:24 pm on July 28th

Fiveoaks Fiveoaks writes: Looks like something different, put me in the hat.
Posted: 8:05 pm on July 28th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: Thanks, I'd love a chance to win this book.
Posted: 5:08 pm on July 28th

SeanMurray SeanMurray writes: Would be a great read! Can't turn down great knowledge.
Posted: 4:15 pm on July 28th

ToolHack ToolHack writes:
Posted: 4:04 pm on July 28th

PeterAlonso PeterAlonso writes: Yes please
Posted: 2:55 pm on July 28th

MikeSweet MikeSweet writes: Didn't know there was any other way of woodturning but creative! But I will still accept the book.
Posted: 11:29 am on July 28th

MattOwen MattOwen writes: Looks like it will be a great book. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Posted: 10:55 am on July 28th

flipsegura flipsegura writes: New(ish) to wood turning. Would love to start looking at the creative part of it
Posted: 10:21 am on July 28th

Colleen99 Colleen99 writes: This would make a welcome addition to my learn to turn shelf of books! I'll get there one day!
Posted: 9:27 am on July 28th

missoulamatt missoulamatt writes: looks like something to add to my library
Posted: 4:25 pm on July 27th

user-3406107 user-3406107 writes: I can never get enough of these kind of books. It looks inspiring and informative.
Posted: 1:21 pm on July 27th

aaijr aaijr writes: Looks like a real inspiring book. Would love to have on my bookshelf.
Posted: 9:16 am on July 27th

psuleroy psuleroy writes: Sounds interesting
Posted: 7:31 am on July 27th

mwgroth mwgroth writes: I look forward to the ideas in this book.
Posted: 7:08 am on July 27th

dhasterok dhasterok writes: Oooh Oooh, pick me, pick me.
Posted: 7:06 am on July 27th

JToland JToland writes: This would make a great addition to the library!

Posted: 1:08 am on July 27th

MJJoiner MJJoiner writes: Looks like an interesting read. Thanx for the free opportunity!
Posted: 10:57 pm on July 26th

T_ZieglerWoodWork T_ZieglerWoodWork writes: I would greatly enjoy some additional reading and education on turning. Looks like a good book!
Posted: 9:42 pm on July 26th

boloduck boloduck writes: Would love a copy of this book to add to our library in our community wood studio at the Goggleworks in Reading, PA......
Posted: 8:53 pm on July 26th

smithdw2026 smithdw2026 writes: I would really enjoy this book. I won a Jet lathe last year and since I had to move a ton of stuff into the garage also, I am still cleaning out and selling and arranging the stuff from the garage so I can setup a small shop for my son and I. This book would be great towards me learning how to work with and designing things in our shop and especially on the lathe.
Posted: 8:37 pm on July 26th

rstevenson rstevenson writes: This book looks interesting. Always looking for new material. Count me in.
Posted: 7:58 pm on July 26th

RichardW RichardW writes: I'm always looking for new and challenging turning ideas.
Posted: 7:49 pm on July 26th

rbmabie rbmabie writes: I really would like to win this book. I am a new wood turner and could gain a lot of knowledge by having this book in my library.

Richard Mabie
Posted: 7:17 pm on July 26th

lowriderray lowriderray writes: looks good
Posted: 7:13 pm on July 26th

user-292820 user-292820 writes: I, too, am looking forward to this book. I have not seen it at my local bookstores.
Posted: 5:46 pm on July 26th

user-676112 user-676112 writes: I like making sawdust!
Posted: 5:33 pm on July 26th

user-676112 user-676112 writes: Looking forward to the book it sure looks good.
Posted: 5:32 pm on July 26th

galturner galturner writes: For the last 3 yrs I have been turning pieces waaay outside the box, so it would fascinate me what Mr. Martin has up his sleeve. I so enjoy new concepts & processes. Thanks for the book giveaway. Fun!
Posted: 5:00 pm on July 26th

rtdavis rtdavis writes: A fascinating topic.
Posted: 3:40 pm on July 26th

danvaleriu danvaleriu writes: I'm from Romania and I would be delighted to read this book.
Posted: 3:10 pm on July 26th

PiperNeil PiperNeil writes: Looking forward to the published copy. Books on turning are an excellent way to learn. As a self-taught turner, I progressed from pens, to bowls, and vases.
Posted: 3:10 pm on July 26th

Garver Garver writes: Just the book I've been looking for, I need all the help I can get to learn more using my lathe.
Posted: 2:58 pm on July 26th

sbsevierville sbsevierville writes: I'm haven't turned very much, but am always looking to develop new ideas and new ways of looking at building furniture. I've been trying to come up with new ideas when I begin to turn more and this book would help to develop new ideas in wood turning and furniture building.

Thanks for the opportunity for a chance to have this wonderful book.
Posted: 1:56 pm on July 26th

user-3492420 user-3492420 writes: Hi guys! (and gals if appropriate)

Thanks for sharing a glimpse of the new book. Judging from the cover (pun intended) it is yet another Taunton Press Masterpiece. The thing I love about the Taunton Press books is the fresh approach to methods, techniques, and approaches to wood working from function and form points of view. Thanks for being there!

Best regards,

Tim Pierce
Posted: 1:18 pm on July 26th

retireejd retireejd writes: I would love to win this!!
Posted: 1:10 pm on July 26th

rolly1 rolly1 writes: Looks like this book contains a lot of good information.
Posted: 1:08 pm on July 26th

MJRWOOD MJRWOOD writes: Pick me! Pick me! The only thing I like better than woodworking & wood turning are books about woodworking & wood turning.This looks like a wonderful book & I would love to have it.
Posted: 1:01 pm on July 26th

leeh522 leeh522 writes: Perfect...exactly what I need.
Posted: 12:09 pm on July 26th

GRJensen GRJensen writes: Benjamin Franklin was a woodturner? Who knew!

Seriously, this book would be a great addition to my library and I would love to have it.
Posted: 12:01 pm on July 26th

Daniboy Daniboy writes: This is the book missing from my bookshelf !

I would definitely put it to good use.
Posted: 11:47 am on July 26th

JimInNM JimInNM writes: Have a new lathe and havent used it yet as I don't know where to start. Hopefully this book will get me started in the right direction without injuring myself
Posted: 11:45 am on July 26th

Roger_Szez Roger_Szez writes: I'm always looking for books that have good ideas for me to start my projects. I have trouble finding creative ideas to start with. This book looks like i'll get it even if I don't win it.
Posted: 11:43 am on July 26th

rpd02895 rpd02895 writes: I really enjoy working on my wood lathe and always interested in learning new ways to look at projects I am working on.
Posted: 10:57 am on July 26th

Hoeppr Hoeppr writes: I always enjoy reading Terry's articles. I look forward to reading his new book.

Posted: 10:55 am on July 26th

Kerob Kerob writes: I have been turning in Ernest for three months now, learning techniques and tools. This book looks like the next step to my learning journey. I would enjoy reading it to learn artistic style. Keith
Posted: 10:52 am on July 26th

pmac460 pmac460 writes: Always looking for some new ideas and techniques.
Posted: 10:48 am on July 26th

RWR17 RWR17 writes: Excellent; With Fall coming, it will be great to read and prepare new ideas, for my Winter turning and woodworking.
Posted: 10:47 am on July 26th

highly_figured highly_figured writes: Another great book for my library! Throw my name in the hat. I love "real" books.
Posted: 9:59 am on July 26th

Kengaroo Kengaroo writes: Looks great. I would love to have this book.
Posted: 9:52 am on July 26th

Jasper_50 Jasper_50 writes: Sign me up please
Posted: 9:31 am on July 26th

jdcoving jdcoving writes: Looks like a wonderful read. Just what I need to get myself motivated.
Posted: 9:14 am on July 26th

dale_pd dale_pd writes: A book to help inspire would be great!
Thank you for this opportunity
Posted: 9:13 am on July 26th

user-2972028 user-2972028 writes: This looks like the type of book that would have one thinking out side the box, even if one is making a small box. Yes, the comment about the Fine Wood Working web site being slow is accurate, it's the slowest site I log on to.
Posted: 8:55 am on July 26th

flyillusions flyillusions writes: Great looking book. Count me in.
Posted: 8:47 am on July 26th

Houghton123 Houghton123 writes: It's amazing how far turning has progressed since the days when a simple bowl was the high point of the craft.
Posted: 8:37 am on July 26th

CKuether CKuether writes: This is the kind of book I need to advance my turning
Posted: 8:30 am on July 26th

Spoke Spoke writes: This looks like the book that we've all been waiting for! Exciting!!
Posted: 8:26 am on July 26th

pcbg01207 pcbg01207 writes: Practice will lead to fewer mistakes but inspiration and information will develop our making. This book will help
Posted: 8:14 am on July 26th

waltamb waltamb writes: Who wouldn't like a great book like this? I'm In!
Posted: 8:06 am on July 26th

joker28 joker28 writes: I'm with Artex, maybe this time...
Posted: 7:58 am on July 26th

ddj0195 ddj0195 writes: We've been learning for th epast year, just how to shape a tree trunks. Imitating other wood turners is good for starting, but we hope to learn how to create something individual. This book may be the answer to that quest.
Posted: 7:58 am on July 26th

jbeal jbeal writes: Looks great.
Posted: 7:52 am on July 26th

ken R ken R writes: Only if I could have that much inspiration when standing at the lathe with a fresh blank turning, before I lay a tool on it.
That would be a great blessing .
Posted: 7:50 am on July 26th

user-3479576 user-3479576 writes: love woodturning
Posted: 7:38 am on July 26th

twi11 twi11 writes: Looking forward to reading the book; thanks for the contest.
Posted: 7:37 am on July 26th

gamnjb gamnjb writes: I can always use help with the artistic side of turning.
Posted: 7:36 am on July 26th

woodybits woodybits writes: looking forward to getting the book,keeps us looking out side the square.
Posted: 7:06 am on July 26th

user-54881 user-54881 writes: Always read about turning better than I turned. Maybe this will be the one that helps me "turn" the corner......
Posted: 6:58 am on July 26th

user-54881 user-54881 writes: because I read about it better than I actually do it. Maybe this will be the one that actually helps me turn the corner.
Posted: 6:56 am on July 26th

madmaxx1313 madmaxx1313 writes: Mmmmm, beautiful woodworking and books. My 2 passions!
Posted: 6:52 am on July 26th

mrmmike mrmmike writes: I'd like to try being creative with my wood turning!
Posted: 6:35 am on July 26th

JKFrey JKFrey writes: Looking for a design muse.

Posted: 5:57 am on July 26th

DEM68 DEM68 writes: Looking forward to seeing it. I hope it offers some good inspiration and not more of the same.
Posted: 5:50 am on July 26th

user-3202937 user-3202937 writes: This book explores the subject of my current project: adding decorative embellishments to my turned bowls!
Posted: 5:36 am on July 26th

Enke Enke writes: Definitely! Time to move on.
Posted: 5:33 am on July 26th

user-2391785 user-2391785 writes: Cant wait!! If its anything like his previous articles it should be well worthwhile..roll on October if I have to wait that long.
Posted: 4:38 am on July 26th

StephenPaul StephenPaul writes: Looks terrific. just getting into turning again, the book would be very useful.
Posted: 4:30 am on July 26th

bartlettaj bartlettaj writes: Yes please.
Posted: 4:29 am on July 26th

artturner2 artturner2 writes: What is going on with your website? Over the past few weeks, it has been slower than dial-up. It took over 15 min to get from your e-zine to this page to post a comment. I have a 4G internet setup and Tauton is the only website that is even remotely this slow. I would love to have this book as I am just getting started in woodturning.
Posted: 4:23 am on July 26th

sdicenso sdicenso writes: One can always learn more and this looks like a great opportunity to learn more.
Posted: 4:00 am on July 26th

ukmeager ukmeager writes: To many woodworkers think they´re writers or movie makers
They make videos and write books which often stop far short of there intended purpose I have no knowledge of this chap, but the devil is in the detail, as they say I hope it does well.
and inspires people professional and armatures alike to greater heights in our craft.

Posted: 3:11 am on July 26th

keithver keithver writes: Wow! Looks fantastic
Posted: 2:56 am on July 26th

ArizonaGuy ArizonaGuy writes: Sounds like fun, guess I better go sharpen so skews!
Posted: 4:04 pm on July 25th

C_Russell C_Russell writes: Sounds like a great book.
Posted: 4:00 pm on July 25th

jeffswenson jeffswenson writes: Looks like an interesting book. I would love to read and review it in advance of release.
Posted: 12:11 pm on July 25th

ShooterBoy ShooterBoy writes: This looks really interesting and the photos are inspiring!
Posted: 12:12 am on July 25th

Artex Artex writes: Maybe this time..........
Posted: 5:01 pm on July 24th

jverreault jverreault writes: This lovely tome would look fabulous on my reference bookshelf (not to mention in my hands during a pleasant read)'s to hoping.
Posted: 12:31 pm on July 24th

wayne_jc wayne_jc writes: Never deny a new source of inspiration.
Posted: 12:05 pm on July 24th

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