OK, for guys like me, who seldom get a chance to actually see anyone turn in person (except me, of course ) I like to get some DVDs and then wear them out watching them, in fact, I'm thinking of setting up an old TV behind the lathe, hooked up to a cheap DVD player so I can watch the DVD, then pause it and turn....... but I digress.
DVDs are important to me, which ones do you like and why?
My list: (in no particular order)
Turned Bowls Made Easy - Bill Grumbine
Bill's DVD is straight forward, easy to understand and fun to watch.
I feel like I've met Bill in person, he comes through the video very personal and is obviously a GREAT teacher and a guy that would inspire confidence in his students. I'd love to make the time to go take a lesson from Bill, I'm sure I would learn a ton, and have a great time. If you need to get the basics for learning how to turn a bowl, this is one DVD you SHOULD buy.
Turn Around three DVD set - Jimmy Clewes
I'm amazed at the versatility that Jimmy shows on these three DVDs, they too are fun and easy to watch. I find Jimmy's enthusiasm for the craft inspiring, and the fact that he has fun while turning just great. He talks at length about understanding how the tools cut, and this has been really helpful for me. I also like the way that as he turns a piece, the "plan" often seems to change or at the very least, evolve, something that I think is VERY important to learn, I think you NEED to understand that sometimes the wood has different ideas than you, and you need to work with that.
Outtakes <- Link to the outtakes from Jimmy's DVD set, they are funny, and the -BEEP- button is used a LOT
Skew Chisel: The Darkside & The Sweet Side - Alan Lacer
I've not seen the first one, Son of Skew, but this second one gave me the gumption to take on the "Evil Skew" and overcome my fear of it. Alan again, imparts an easy teaching style that makes it all seem so easy.....
Series One and Two - Eli Avisera
OK, these are not yet available for sale, but soon will be, and having the pleasure of watching Eli on two occasions, I can only believe that these DVDs will be outstanding for sure.
Link to the site where the info on the release etc is located.
Well, that is my short list, I hope I can add to it, with some of your recommendations.