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Thread: Turning DVDs.............which ones, and why?

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    Turning DVDs.............which ones, and why?

    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.

    Cheers!
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    Hey Stu,

    I would add Bill Grumbine's second video "Beyond the Basic Bowl", ANY of Jimmy Clewes' videos, and I also like the Chriss Stott videos. Stott's are a little on the older side but should still be available. I have a TV and DVD/VCR in my shop but have yet to use it. I was kind of hoping to do what you mentioned-watch-try it-watch-try it. Some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Orr View Post
    Hey Stu,

    I would add Bill Grumbine's second video "Beyond the Basic Bowl", ANY of Jimmy Clewes' videos, and I also like the Chriss Stott videos. Stott's are a little on the older side but should still be available. I have a TV and DVD/VCR in my shop but have yet to use it. I was kind of hoping to do what you mentioned-watch-try it-watch-try it. Some day.
    Ditto Bill's DVD's He has his second one out now too. I have his first DVD & it starts with cutting the wood & takes you through making a bowl. He is a real good teacher. I'll be purchasing his second DVD.
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    Yep, Bill's second DVD is on my list of things to get for sure!
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    Stu, I don't have any DVD's but those outakes make me want Jimmy Clewes videos. Those outakes are really funny
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    I bought Bill Grumbine's DVD set (a pair), and as I have posted before, I find them informative and educational without being stuffy. Bill is "to the point" and his friendly, "speaking to the camera" approach makes it seem like he is speaking to me, an individual in the audience, and not to a crowd.

    I don't own anyone else's videos,, but I have seen a few on the web, without seeing one as good as Bill's.

    One person whose videos should be pretty good, would be Tim Yoder. I watched his TV show and found his show very informative and his approach to be very similar to Bill's. However, I tracked down his show on the web, and I thought that the price for his DVD's was a bit steep. I know ... they cost money to make, but we each have a $ limit , and mine is quite a bit lower than the price I saw on the website.

    cheers eh?

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    For beginning turning, I found Richard Raffan's videos good too!

    I, too, like Bill G.'s "Turned Bowls Made Easy".

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    There are so many DVDs out there that I couldn't possibly justify buying all the turning DVDs I'd like to have, so for many of them I've resorted to renting them from SmartFlix.
    Also, it depends on what you're interested in turning; bowls? pens? Hollow Forms? There seem to be DVDs devoted to every facet of turning.

    Some of those I've most enjoyed are:

    Woodturning with Steven D. Russell (pens)
    Both of Bill Grumbine's DVDs
    2 DVDs by Richard Raffan: Turning Boxes & Turning Wood
    The 2 DVDs on Pen Turning by Rex Burningham & Kip Christensen
    And both of Alan Lacer's Skew Chisel DVDs

    The biggest problem of renting them is that I can only watch them so often and then I end up wanting to buy most of them afterwards if they are any good.

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    Stu if you like doing finials I would add Cindy Drozda's DVD Elegant Finials. She also has another one out that I am looking at getting. The one above is excellent. She does the whole finial with a small spindle gouge sharpened a different way but dang it works.
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    IF you can find a set of "Woodworking at Home" DVD magazine, Dick Sing has a turning "article" in nearly every issue. Every one of them are different....

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