In most parts of the world, woodturning has caught on as a part of woodworking. In the community, there was a time when woodturning was understood to be a necessity of life. Today you will find many turners as there are blacksmiths in some phone books because most towns with reasonable sizes required one. Cheap bowls and cups of materials such as plastic and metal brought an end to the need for woodturning because of their mass production. The skill has been from disappearing due to the beauty and compelling need to create art and craft. The woodturning world has appeared to be a renaissance today. The place to get turning ideas is now the hardest question for turners.
Walking through the house and asking yourself questions like what I could make or what I would have made in the olden days is the easiest place to start for woodturning ideas. Turning pots would not be meant for stoves but preparation of food. A large wooden bowl for mixing bread dough was found in every kitchen in the old days. The bowl is likely to be seen as a salad bowl these days. Wooden trenchers can be made and used for every decorative touch. Food was served on slabs of bread in medieval times because they were used as plates. Sauce and gravy would be later absorbed by the bread. The bread was served on the slab of wood, often decorated on wealthier people’s tables. To display the grain and an insert center to hold a plate, trenchers could be turned either square or round with a wide border.
When many people poor people carried their wooden mug with them, proper finishing with fine, wet sanding will keep the grain from raising, and no other interior finish was need nor used in the medieval times. In the kitchen, spatulas, spurtles, and spoons for serving and stirring were often found. Wooden mixing utensils and potato smashers are made to order with the ready use of Teflon coated cookware today. For the woodturner, candlesticks are an obvious standby but also table lamps, both plain and fancy. At a very minimal cost, woodturners make all sorts of kits with lamp parts available.
You need a big piece to turn wood. In the drying, the wood usually cracked. The woodturner learns patience as the wood will warp when it is drying. Finishing, sanded, and a wood finish are applied after been mounted to the lathe. On the machine, if it is round or could round, turning can be made. The final thickness is brought fairly when it is returned to round. Without all the difficulty, wooden turning is completed. If we only took time to look, ideas surround us, and they are many. There is also the enjoyment of delighting in all that surrounds us, not only the existence of pleasure of anticipation of turning. For some of us, it feels special, making useful or just decorative out of the wood.