Curtis Turner

Dec 212012

As 2012 comes to a close, I have begun to think about goals for next year. The ringing in of the New Year brings the opportunity to re-evaluate and reorganize with the promise of a fresh start. So, I recently reconsidered my shop setup, and how I use my tools.

CLICK HERE to read about the changes Curtis made to improve his workshop for the new year:

CLICK HERE to take a look at the rest of the December issue of The Highland Woodturner:

Nov 142012

As woodworkers it can be pretty easy to shop for us, since there is always another new tool we would like to have in the shop. The holidays coming up are providing many opportunities to increase the number and/or quality of those tools in our shops, and now is a perfect time to write up our wish lists so our family and friends will know exactly which tools to get us! Curtis Turner wrote up his wish list below – take a look!

1. Gransfors Bruks competition throwing axe – I have participated in several friendly axe throwing events and they are a blast.  Do I need one? Well, not really but they are just so cool.

2. The complete collection of Roy Underhill DVDs – I have watched the Woodwright’s Shop for decades and have always been amazed at Roy’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the craft.

3. Easy Wood hollower #3 – I think this may be just the tool I need to improve the surface of those hard to reach places in my hollow forms.

4. Auriou rasp #10 9″ – I have seen Michel hand stitch raps.  I admire his dedication to this ancient skill.  These rasps work wonders at shaping wood.

5. Foredom Angle grinder – This would be a fantastic accessory for my Foredom TX flex shaft.

Did you know you can create a wishlist at and send it out by email to anyone who might be searching for the perfect gift for you? CLICK HERE to get started with your own wish list.

Curtis is 2012 President of Central Texas Woodturners, a member of the American Association of Woodturners, and a member of Fine Woodworkers of Austin.  Curtis teaches and demonstrates nationally for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. He also owns a studio where he teaches and works. Curtis lives and works in Central Texas with his wife and four young children. Take a look at his website at