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Check YouTube for woodturning videos too. Lots of them on there.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Dan, I wish I could take lessons but I don't know anyone that gives them. I think people in the north do more woodworking than we do. I bet it's been 25 years or more since Nashville has had a woodworking show. That makes me mad but that doesn't do any good either.
If you have a Woodcraft store in the area I think most have classes. My local (1 Hr+ away) has monthly classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced level woodworkers you can take for a reasonable fee. I took their beginners turning class where I made a bowl and spindle. I find the drive worthwhile especially after finding an excellent BBQ right across the road. They also have free demos most Saturdays and a woodturners club that meets the third Tuesday of the month. They have demos and talks by locals and professional turners. Last month was my 1st meeting and they had talks about design and then show and tell of the past quarterly challenge pieces made by members. I saw some incredible turned pieces. I can't think of a better use of my Shopsmith that I have gotten a Nova G3 chuck for turning.
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Check YouTube for woodturning videos too. Lots of them on there.
Agree on that. But as always, you have to pick and choose. Choose videos of pro turners, otherwise you're likely to watch some guy working out of his garage and barely knowing what he is doing.

Didn't have access to youtube when I had my lathe, so bought some used books on turning. They were a great help, and I actually made a few decent things. But then I learned all I wanted to make was carving mallets, then sold my lathe. So you might want to invest in a set of HF tools first, so you can see if turning is really your cuppa, before you spend a fortune on tools.

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You may not have turning classes but Nashville has some of the best music in North America. I will be attending a woodworking show this month called the Canadian East show in a town about an hour and a half from here. It doesn't happen every year but I really enjoy it.

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You guys (Americans) are so lucky ! I wish we had a Woodcraft store and a Harbor Freight. We are now blessed to have a Lee Valley store on the North Shore of Montreal that opened on Wednesday. I spoke to Mr. Lee the pres. and he said if the store is successful they have 2 more locations already planned. The Veritas brand is top notch quality but also very pricey but at least we have that. Before them we had Langevin & Forest that sells everything but they had exclusivity for years and therefore gouged the prices, then a couple of years ago Normand opened 2 locations but again more expensive stuff that not everyone can afford. Who knows, maybe someday we will get a Busy Bee which seems to be a Canadian version of HB.
The Lee Valley is offering seminars and such on various machines such as lathes. I don't know if they will offer courses.
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I resisted buying a wood lathe for many years but was finally persuaded by a late member who became a very good friend. I started with pens, wood and Acrylics then after being advised to make mushrooms I progressed to vases and bowls. As has been mentioned, wood turning is very therapeutic, especially compared to a metal lathe where you need a specific job to turn, you can't simply mount a chunk of metal in the lathe and start turning hoping that something nice will be the end result! You can with wood. The three metal pens were made in my metal lathe. Should anyone be interested, I probably have pdf's showing how each one was made.
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I believe the Busy Bee stores here are very similar to Harbour Freight. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is bristling with places like HF. and similarities to Lee Valley although Lee Valley has it's own distinct MO. There are places that call themselves hardware stores but I think in name only according to what I think is a hardware store. These places are wall to wall tools. Every brand name and some El Cheapo's. If you want it you can always get it somewhere in this area. We have wood shows about 4 times a year which are usually well attended. I was at one in September. Almost a bit too far (110 km.) but they're moving it about half as far closer for next year and expanding. I see ads for one in Atlanta which seem intriguing but I'm here and it's there and never the twain shall meet.
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I have been woodworking for over 35 years. I have been turning about 6 years and love it. May advise to you is to go slow. Do not buy a bunch of tools you will not use or out grow. If you buy steel tools you have to sharpen them. The granders and jigs add up. If you buy carbide you do not have to sharpen but when compared to steel they are just a little bit more expensive. If you consider the steel tools and the sharpening the carbide is a bargain. The professional turners do not use carbide very much but beginner turners can benefit from carbide. You spend less over all and you keep turning and are not distracted by having to stop and sharpen.

I have a mix of carbide and steel tools. I mostly have Easy Wood Tools in the pro size. My steel tools are almost all Sorby.

You had mentioned if you needed a parting tool. My answer is yes. I have a 1/16" Sorby thin parting tool and a Easy Wood Tool 1/8" carbide parting tool. I also have a cheap diamond parting steel that I do not use. My go to is the EWT 1/8" parting tool.

Good luck but go slow with purchases until you are more proficient at turning. Using the tools is more important than having them. Get tools you will use and master them before moving on.
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I realise that this is an old thread, but as a point of interest take a look here:

https://www.banggood.com/search/wood...ols.html?sbc=1
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The problem is changing the cutter heads. It takes time and what you will end up doing is trying to use what ever in on in stead of the proper one.
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