Issue 299 is our special woodturning edition and it’s jam-packed full of exciting tests, techniques, projects and features for you to enjoy! If you’re a beginner turner, or are looking to refresh your skills, you’re in luck as Andy King gets back in the turning seat to bring you 11 pages of top turning kit on test, as well as showing you how to turn your own pen, step-by-step. He also finds the time to revisit some of his past projects as well as reviewing some top pen-turning kit as well!


Barrie Scott meets pole-lathe turner Gudrun Leitz

We also have a great feature for you from Barrie Scott, who visits the historic Clissett Wood to meet ‘Queen of the Woods’ Gudrun Leitz, who shows us how to turn a perfect spindle from start to finish in less than 30 minutes! Find out about her links to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as well as the courses she offers.


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Edward Hopkins meets segmented turner Bryan Cath

And if you’re into the more mathematical side of woodturning then you’ll be intrigued by the work of segmented turner Bryan Cath, whose pieces will leave you scratching your head and wondering how on earth he did it!


Want to know more about timber and its characteristics?

We also have the last of Michael Huntley’s ‘Woodwork Foundations’ series, which sees him looking at the complex subject of timber. He discusses the characteristics for various kinds and shows you what to look out for. Put the kettle on as there’s lots to learn!


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Make this rustic garden gate with Phil Davy

If you’re in the mood for some DIY, then check out Phil Davy’s rustic garden gate project. And if you’re still up for getting creative after that, we have a great project for a mini version of a pole-lathe, which will even fit into a city garden! We finish off with Les Thorne discussing spindle turning basics as he covers all the fundamental lessons and also shows you how to get the best from each tool. 

Be sure to pick up issue 299 of Good Woodworking, which hits the shelves on 6 November, 2015
Tegan Foley, Editor