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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Turning, from Tree to Table by Bill Bowers and Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw by Carole Rothman

comments (88) December 20th, 2009 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Wood Turning, from Tree to Table: Bowls, Lamps, & Other Projects by Bill Bowers.
Schiffer Publishing, 2009.
$16.99; 80 pp.

Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw: 28 Useful & Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Projects (Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Book) by Carole Rothman. 
Fox Chapel Publishing, 2009.
$19.95; 136 pp.

Here are 2 more books we received from the publishers and we're giving you an opportunity to win them. Leave a comment here for your chance to win.

Wood Turning, from Tree to Table: Bowls, Lamps, & Other Projects, by woodturner Bill Bowers, is full of color photos to guide you through harvesting a tree, green turning and sealing, finish turning, and final finishing. Bowers shows you how to turn bowls and lamps, and provides a gallery to inspire you to turn plates, ornaments and other goodies.

Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw: 28 Useful & Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Projects (Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Book), by Carole Rothman, is a different take on bowl making. In it Rothman shows you how to make 28 different projects with lots of step-by-step photos and instructions. And you don’t need a lathe. The bowls are made with flat pieces of wood and a scroll saw.

Lucky sk2tobin is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Stay tuned for more giveaways.


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Comments (88)

MarkPP MarkPP writes: I have been a an advocate of finewoodworking for aprox 3.5 years and consider this the best woodworking site available.
I enjoy reading about woodworking almost as much as woodworking itself. There is always something to learn here,weather to broaden ones horizons with new techniques, jigs, or types of woodworking. Thank you for all your efforts, I am sure I will enjoy your woodturning book.
Posted: 1:00 pm on January 10th

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: Wooden bowls on the scroll saw that does sound interesting. Any instruction I can get on turning also couldn't hurt. Thanks as always for the chance at furthering my woodworking skills.
Posted: 10:49 am on January 5th

Roxannepen Roxannepen writes: This is right up my husband's alley. He is currently bending wood for a shower. This ouwl dgive him a new project.
Posted: 9:56 pm on January 4th

rlramirez77 rlramirez77 writes: I never turn down (pun) a chance to get a book on woodworking.
Posted: 11:47 am on January 4th

artmarcia artmarcia writes: I love beautiful objects made of wood--thanks for the chance to win!
Posted: 11:41 pm on January 3rd

choochoo428 choochoo428 writes: This would be great! I need a hobby that doesn't involve sitting on a couch.
Posted: 10:28 pm on January 3rd

vanillayo vanillayo writes: My husband would really love these! He has done some work before but these looking really interesting!
Posted: 8:44 pm on January 3rd

ohiocarpenter ohiocarpenter writes: Learning to turn this coming semester...would appreciate the addition to the required Conover text!
Posted: 7:31 pm on January 3rd

MimiTheKitten MimiTheKitten writes: I would love to surprise my Stepdad with these books!
Posted: 11:02 pm on January 2nd

vickilorenz vickilorenz writes: I would love to learn how to do the turning. We have loads of big beautiful trees we want to work with. How fun and thank you so much for this opportunity.
Posted: 9:48 pm on January 1st

snavely snavely writes: I'm retiring soon. would be great to have the books.
Posted: 10:38 am on January 1st

DustDragon DustDragon writes: Bought my first lathe a few months ago. I've turned small projects: pens, bottle stoppers... the usual. Would love to expand my horizons.


Posted: 1:55 pm on December 31st

egreca egreca writes: I would love this for my father!
Posted: 1:01 pm on December 30th

splinterdog splinterdog writes: Just started turning a few months ago. A book would help to master this new skill.
Posted: 8:09 am on December 30th

mac42us mac42us writes: This looks like a good book.
Posted: 4:18 pm on December 29th

si22le si22le writes: I like free.
Posted: 2:42 am on December 29th

patwreck patwreck writes: Would love to learn more on this
Posted: 4:03 pm on December 28th

cr17 cr17 writes: I'm new to turning so the books would help.
Posted: 6:02 pm on December 26th

JeremyMillar JeremyMillar writes: Please sign me up!
Posted: 12:24 pm on December 26th

bklnbrick bklnbrick writes: I'm starting from Weygers' suggestions in The Making of Tools, so some additional detail and subtlety might benefit my foray into turning were I to acquire these books...
Posted: 11:44 am on December 26th

jcwnr jcwnr writes: Happy New Year
Posted: 9:24 am on December 26th

Craftsman55 Craftsman55 writes: I have had a lathe for about a year now and have done very few projects on it. I could use some inspiration from this set of books.
Posted: 1:52 pm on December 25th

starbuck56 starbuck56 writes: I just got a new lathe for Christmas. I really need this book.

Posted: 8:40 am on December 25th

gbruce gbruce writes: I am building a wood shop for the equipment I was left by my Dad nine years ago. Included was an old Atlas lathe from a local school woodworking shop. I have never had a place to use it. My shop will be ready in February 2010. Any of these books would of great help to me, as I have not used a lathe for about 20 years.
Posted: 11:33 pm on December 24th

slefkow slefkow writes: I am 79 and my memory is not what it used to be and I have to refer to books to refresh my memory. these books would help.
Posted: 6:31 pm on December 24th

antonjean antonjean writes: I live in a small town on the Oregon coast. It is difficult and costly to get to the many training classes offered by experts. Consequently,I am in the process of honing my wood turning skills by reading and watching. I have several books and DVDs. The information presented by Raffen, Lacer, Tibbetts, and many others is invaluable if you are able to transfer what you read and observe to your chisel work at the lathe.
Posted: 4:05 pm on December 24th

lipster lipster writes: Have a new lathe on the wish list ... would be nice to have a new book to go with it!!! lol
Posted: 2:04 pm on December 24th

jhonbaker jhonbaker writes: I've been thinking about getting a lathe to make toothpicks with but am unsure about the savings. J/K, of course.
Posted: 2:02 pm on December 24th

keithm keithm writes: I am a blind woodturner, not sure just how much these books will do me but would like to have them and have a reader read them to me.
Posted: 12:47 pm on December 24th

73_Gramps 73_Gramps writes: Still have not learned everything there is to know. My last turned bowl was from a chunk of 2x6 pine aproximately 56 years ago. Still use it on top of my dresser to store "junk". The book by Carole Rothman sure looks intriguing.
Posted: 12:24 pm on December 24th

Gwydlov Gwydlov writes: Thanks for the opportunity! I'd really enjoy any of these books.
Posted: 11:11 am on December 24th

juau4 juau4 writes: A new project for the new year! Looks fun!
Posted: 11:37 pm on December 23rd

JCP_SR JCP_SR writes: Would love to start the new year with a new book.
Posted: 2:56 pm on December 23rd

sjones002 sjones002 writes: I'm a new dad who just started learning the art of woodworking in hopes it will become a hobby I can share with my son when he's older. I am very interested in the "Tree to Table" book and I would love the opportunity to learn more about wood turning. Thanks!
Posted: 1:43 pm on December 23rd

wayne12 wayne12 writes: Always looking for new reading to add to my library. Please put my name in the hat!
Posted: 12:46 pm on December 23rd

TedFurlong TedFurlong writes: This is a growing interest to me, as my son has shown some real talent as a turner. Please count me in!

Posted: 10:46 am on December 23rd

almostaranch almostaranch writes: These would be nice to learn more about treenware and such count me in

Posted: 1:10 am on December 23rd

Evan12 Evan12 writes: I am verry interested turning books. I would love to read these.
Posted: 8:43 pm on December 22nd

kakid kakid writes: I will be retiring at the end of this school year and these two books will help take me to the next level in my turning.
Posted: 8:03 pm on December 22nd

iJoshy iJoshy writes: Throw my name in the hat, too! I LOVE books; maybe this will be my lucky day.
Posted: 7:52 pm on December 22nd

kakid kakid writes: I will be retiring at the end of this school year and these books will really help me take the next step in improving my skills at turning. Thanks
Posted: 4:25 pm on December 22nd

pauljr65 pauljr65 writes: just what I need this time of year YEAH!!!!
Posted: 1:24 pm on December 22nd

dglitter dglitter writes: My husband would love these books. Thanks!
Posted: 12:29 pm on December 22nd

MGD1948 MGD1948 writes: Really want to learn turning this would be the encouragement I need
Posted: 9:39 am on December 22nd

Dutch Master Dutch Master writes: I have never made the leap to start turning, always wanted to though. These books might be just the thing to get me started.
Posted: 9:24 am on December 22nd

frank T frank T writes: I do a lot of turning, and I could really use the information in this book.
Posted: 9:23 am on December 22nd

slydogx slydogx writes: I'll take it
Posted: 2:37 am on December 22nd

sierramuse8 sierramuse8 writes: I want to learn how!
Posted: 8:00 pm on December 21st

JebT JebT writes: Extra christmas presents are always nice :)
Posted: 7:41 pm on December 21st

fmarabate fmarabate writes: I love books. Sure would like these.
Posted: 7:23 pm on December 21st

turbine712 turbine712 writes: I have been struggling in my journey with turning and trying to do it in the most effective manner. I have been looking for something that could help with this.
I always grateful of gifts and this would be sure to be passed on to others.
Thanks for the offer.

Posted: 6:57 pm on December 21st

jcrum jcrum writes: Being a neophite self taught turner I can use all the help I can get. Have another Rafin book---very good.
Posted: 6:44 pm on December 21st

DTharp DTharp writes: Sign me up!
Posted: 6:38 pm on December 21st

genny315 genny315 writes: These books looks great! Thanks for to opportunity!
Posted: 5:59 pm on December 21st

maplebob maplebob writes: I'm especially interested in bowls made with a scroll saw
Posted: 5:45 pm on December 21st

gwjones gwjones writes: Please put my name in the hat. Thanks!
Posted: 4:35 pm on December 21st

BarefootEddie BarefootEddie writes: Thinking these books would inspire me to turn more.
Posted: 4:24 pm on December 21st

routerrat routerrat writes: Put my name in the hat. Although mine always gets caught in the hat band during the drawings. ;-)
Posted: 3:47 pm on December 21st

fangirl1 fangirl1 writes: I am really interested in learning about turning. These books would help get me started.
Posted: 3:44 pm on December 21st

pbibbo pbibbo writes: Would love to win the book!
Posted: 3:29 pm on December 21st

myntric myntric writes: I'd love to win!
Posted: 2:22 pm on December 21st

Rinias Rinias writes: I could use some help with turning!
Posted: 2:03 pm on December 21st

philrose philrose writes: Great opportunity to learn with money left over to buy tools to go with the books.
Posted: 11:51 am on December 21st

yohann yohann writes: that would be a great book to learn from
Posted: 11:03 am on December 21st

308defense 308defense writes: It's time I learned to turn a bed post, table leg, or something that is not square. Love to have the book and start learning.
Posted: 9:25 am on December 21st

emmitt272727 emmitt272727 writes: The second best use of trees I can think of. I love the books.
Posted: 9:20 am on December 21st

krbsr13 krbsr13 writes: I like turning but I don't know much about it.
Would like to win.
Posted: 7:16 am on December 21st

nealaron nealaron writes: I am just starting to learn to turn. I'd love some professional insight.
Posted: 12:11 am on December 21st

Jollyroger Jollyroger writes: I just ordered Carole's book and it's not supposed to be delivered until the end of January. Help!! Save me the shipping!
Posted: 10:37 pm on December 20th

mkarafa mkarafa writes: it's my turn to win something.
Posted: 9:54 pm on December 20th

fuzzychum fuzzychum writes: I need more books. Please edumacate me.

Posted: 9:38 pm on December 20th

spvincent spvincent writes: I've not done any turning yet, though it sounds like a wonderful skill.

Making bowls without a lathe also sounds awesome.

I'd love either of these books!
Posted: 7:43 pm on December 20th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I`m just getting started in turning, please count me in too!
Posted: 7:13 pm on December 20th

jldevries jldevries writes: taking a platter turning class at the end of the year
Posted: 7:09 pm on December 20th

Larry_Gallagher Larry_Gallagher writes: Always looking to expand my horizons technically -sign me up!
Posted: 7:08 pm on December 20th

chriszeigler chriszeigler writes: sign me up
Posted: 6:21 pm on December 20th

randyklein randyklein writes: I have trees, I have a table, but no bowls. This book would be great!
Posted: 6:19 pm on December 20th

Nato Nato writes: I have three black walnut logs just waiting to be turned. could use some direction!
Posted: 6:18 pm on December 20th

MarkusJ MarkusJ writes: This would make a nice belated Christmas present for myself.
Posted: 5:49 pm on December 20th

granite36 granite36 writes: Perfect! I've been trying to turn firewood into art pieces. I need some help!
Posted: 5:25 pm on December 20th

baudi baudi writes: Yes, please.
Posted: 5:18 pm on December 20th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: Woodturning is something that I am just getting into. I think this book could help. Thanks, please include me.
Posted: 4:31 pm on December 20th

colleeny colleeny writes: I love wood turning, both on an Electric, or a pole lathe. I would love to recieve the books, and am always happy to write about the books I read.
Posted: 4:22 pm on December 20th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: Im taking a turning class next semester at Northern Michigan University so this would be a great couple of books to have.
Posted: 4:13 pm on December 20th

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: Turning a few wooden plates would be a big improvement over the flat rocks I'm using now. The rocks are pretty durable, but tough to hold onto in the wash water. ;-)
Posted: 3:26 pm on December 20th

towel towel writes: I've done spindle turning but no bowl or table top turning yet.........
Posted: 3:05 pm on December 20th

highpro highpro writes: Turning is next on the list of things to learn!
Posted: 2:15 pm on December 20th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: I dont have any turning books yet so these two would be a good start.
Posted: 1:37 pm on December 20th

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