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February 2008: Inside This Issue

  • Website Update
  • Blog Reminder
  • February Website Special
  • Hot Tip of the Month
  • Turning Tip of the Month
  • Subscription Information

Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the fifteenth edition of Lathe Talk, a free monthly newsletter (e-zine) for subscribers of Steve Russell’s "Woodturning Videos Plus" woodturning website. This newsletter will be delivered on or about the first of each month to the email address you indicated on your sign-up form. All back issues of this newsletter are available here to subscribers.

Lathe Talk will offer tips and tricks to make your woodturning easier and more productive. I’ll also show you ways to save money in your studio, so you can stretch your hard earned money. In addition, we will periodically offer subscribers only specials on our videos and e-books. If you like this e-zine, please do a friend and me a favor by forwarding it to them. If a friend DID forward this to you and you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting our subscription page.

Woodturning Videos Plus February Update

Studio Update: I've spent quite a bit of time recently spearheading an effort to start a new chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, in the North Houston/Woodlands, Texas area. I'm proud to announce that the Lone Star Woodturners Association (LSWA) has been formed. During our formation meeting on the 26th of January, I was elected President of the club for 2008 - 2009.

Our club will meet monthly on the 4th Saturday of each month. Our first event will be a special club meeting on April 4 - 6, 2008 at The Woodworking Shows in the Reliant Center, Houston. If you live in the North Harris, Montgomery, Waller, Liberty, or San Jacinto counties and would like more information, or you would like to join the Lone Star Woodturners Association, please contact me. If you would like to know more about the AAW, please click here

Link Request: If you belong to a woodturning club or association, please consider asking your Webmaster to add a link to our website's free educational libraries. There are currently 21 articles in the main library and 17 articles in the tips library, covering beginner to advanced topics.

Please help us to share this valuable learning resource with other turners in your woodturning clubs, associations, or on your own woodturning website links page.

The direct link to our educational library is as follows:

Our woodturning tips library is located here:

Thanks in advance for your support of our educational efforts.

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February Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

Take an additional $5.00 discount off my Volume 2 DVD Video and e-Book Combo pack. For the month of February 2008, you can save an additional $5.00 off the current sale price of $40.00 on any Volume 2 DVD Video and e-Book Combo Pack.

With your special discount, my Volume 2 Combo Pack will only cost $35.00, plus postage (and taxes only if you live in Texas). Regular price for this Volume is $45.00.

The DVD demonstrates all the steps necessary to turn an elegant writing pen. Steps include blank selection and preparation, gluing, drilling, milling, mounting, roughing, finish turning, sanding, multi-step finishing options, assembly and more.

The e-Book covers woodturning techniques on a broad range of subjects. Topics include how to find free wood, drying green wood, processing logs and perfecting various finishes. Sharpening your turning tools, shear scraping, resharpening bandsaw blades and boiling to reduce drying degrade is covered. You can view the book on your computer monitor or print individual pages, chapters or the entire book with your computer printer.

To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 5678 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends February 29th, 2008 at 12:01 midnight, CST. Additional subscriber only discounts and specials will be offered in future editions of Lathe Talk. Full details on the contents of my Volume 2 DVD Video and e-Book Combo Pack are available here.

Hot Tip of the Month - The Versatile Irish Grind

Learn why the Irish grind is becoming an increasingly popular bevel profile for woodturning bowl gouges and spindle gouges. To view the full article, click the link below.

The Versatile Irish Grind

Turning Tip Of The Month – Common Bevel
Angles for Woodturning Tools

Learn the most common bevel angles used on woodturning tools. Includes recommendations for specific tools and example photos. To view the full article, click the link below.

Common Bevel Angles for Woodturning Tools

Closing Thoughts

Marjorie and I would like to personally wish each of you and your families a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

Subscribers: Thanks to all of our new and existing Lathe Talk subscribers for our continued record setting subscription pace! Our subscriber base is seeing explosive growth each and every month.

We're proud of the fact that Lathe Talk is now being distributed to thousands and thousands of professional and hobby woodturners all over the world. If you have any suggestions or topics for Lathe Talk, or any other comments, please let me know.

Help Us Spread The Word: Please let your woodturning friends know about my Lathe Talk newsletter and encourage them to subscribe. Working together, we can make Lathe Talk a valuable educational resource for woodturners around the world. Take care and let me know if I can help you with any of your woodturning questions or challenges.


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