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July 2008: Inside This Issue

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

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Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the twentieth 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 fifth of each month to the email address you indicated on your sign-up form. All back issues of this newsletter are available to subscribers here.

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 July Update

Marjorie and Steve Russell

25th Wedding Anniversary: Marjorie and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in Hawaii by renewing our wedding vows in Honolulu, near Diamond Head at sunset. This was our fourth trip to the islands and our most memorable yet. I was able to meet with several woodturners during our trip, as well as artists from other disciplines like fiber, oil painting, hot glass and furniture to name a few. It was great to meet so many artists and see some of their studios. If you have never been to Hawaii before, it is well worth a trip to this island paradise. We are already planning our next trip…

Marjorie Russell
My beautiful bride

Mini Edition Of Lathe Talk This Month: This month's Lathe Talk is a shortened version (no "Hot Tip Of The Month" column), since our recent vacation to Hawaii occurred during our normal build time for the newsletter. We will return to our normal expanded format next month. Mahalo! (Hawaiian for Thanks!)

New Feature Articles Coming Soon: We are planning to add a new series of feature articles to select editions of Lathe Talk. These will be step-by-step photo articles with captions that show different projects being turned from start to finish. Since there will be so many photos, we will introduce the article in Lathe Talk and give a link to the full article on a special area of our website.

This will insure that the email editions of Lathe Talk do not get too large for those subscribers on dial-up, or those who read it on their mobile devices. Look for these special photo step-by-step articles in the near future!

"Woodturning" Magazine: I'm pleased to announce that I'm once again writing articles for the Guild of Master Craftsman's "Woodturning" magazine. Woodturning magazine is published in London, England and is one of the finest magazines in the world devoted exclusively to woodturning. It contains articles from the some of the best turners and writers in the woodturning field. Subscription information can be found here.

You can also purchase individual copies at most larger bookstores like Barnes and Noble. If it is not on the shelf, they can special order a copy for you.

Link To Our Free Educational Libraries: 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 24 articles in the main library and 25 articles in the tip 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 shown below:

Our woodturning tips library is located here:

Thanks in advance for your support of our educational efforts.

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July Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

Additional $5.00 Discount Off Volume #1 and 2 e-Book Combo: For the month of July 2008, you can save and additional $5.00 off the sale price of $38.00 on any Volume #1 and 2 e-Book Combo ordered from our website. With this special sale, your price will be $33.00 (plus taxes if you live in Texas) plus postage.

This is a popular combo for those who prefer the e-Books only. It includes both of the Volume I and II e-Books, but no DVD videos. You can view the books on your computer monitor or print individual pages, chapters or both books with your computer printer.

In Volume I of our internationally popular educational series, numerous woodturning related subjects are discussed. Oil and wax finishes are thoroughly tested and the proper use of wax emulsions and boiling to reduce drying defects (part one) are covered. Turning projects include writing pens, inlay items, letter openers, magnifiers and more. Safety and turning techniques are also included. Volume I articles include over 93,000 words and 500 pictures.

Volume II 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 (part two) is covered. Volume II articles include more than 60,000 words and 450 pictures. Additional information on this e-Book combo can be found here.

To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 5466 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends July 31, 2008 at 12:01 midnight, CST. Additional subscriber only discounts and specials will be offered in future editions of Lathe Talk.

Turning Tip Of The Month – Double Bevels On Turning Tools

Learn the advantages of double bevels for some woodturning tools. Includes information on bowl gouges, spindle gouges, scrapers and skews. To view the full article, click the link below.

Double Bevels on Turning Tools

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

Sunset on Maui
Another beautiful sunset on Maui
June 2008

We Are Shattering Subscriber Records Every Month! Thanks to all of our new and existing subscribers for our continued record setting subscription pace! Our subscriber base is more than doubling every six months!

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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