It's that time of year once again, when you dust off those old New Year's Resolutions and wheel them out once again in the vain hope that
this year, just perhaps, you'll stick to one or two of them. Woodturning tools supplier The ToolPost (http://www.toolpost.co.uk/index.html
) suggests that woodturners make the most of this time of year to make some resolutions which they will actually enjoy sticking to, not to mention reap real
Regain your edge
Let's start with the basics. There is arguably nothing more important in the turner's armoury than a sharp woodturning or
tool, something which is made evident by the soaring sales of the ProEdge Sharpening System by Robert Sorby. If you haven't already got one of these truly revolutionary sharpening systems in your workshop, then make that purchase one of your non-negotiable New Year's Resolutions...you'll be so glad you did. And if you are already a grateful owner of this Sharpening System, then vow to keep it performing at its peak by replacing the abrasive belt. The ToolPost have sourced excellent replacement belts which deliver at least as good a performance as those sold by the manufacturer, but at a far more affordable price.
Expand your repertoire
If you're stuck in a turning rut, this is the perfect time of year to learn something new and expand your repertoire. Fancy bowl turning? Then treat yourself to Glenn Lucas' DVD
'Mastering Woodturning – Bowl Turning Techniques', one of the easiest, and most enjoyable, ways to learn this skill. Would you like to introduce more embellishment into your woodturning
work? Then Henry Taylor's Decorating Elf is ideal, allowing you to add beautiful detail to smaller turned items such as pens, boxes and goblets – it's easier than you think, and quite addictive.
Master your craft
doesn't want to master their craft, and what better time of year to 'better' yourself than a new year? And this year presents woodturners with a rare opportunity to learn from a true master, with the Woodturning
Masterclass with Jimmy Clewes event scheduled for the 12th/13th and 14th/15th November at the ToolPost training facility in Didcot, Oxfordshire. This event offers just four students per two-day course the fantastic
opportunity to learn at the workbench of one of the world's most respected turners. Book fast, this is not a resolution to procrastinate over!
And finally, but most
importantly, make 2013 the year you protect yourself in your workshop in every way possible. Woodturning and carving is an absorbing joy (and occasional frustration!) for many, but the dangers which can be present in
the workshop should never be underestimated, and even the most diligent enthusiast can likely make Health & Safety improvements in at least one area. Take time to audit your Health & Safety situation and take
the appropriate measures, whether with protective clothing, respiratory protection or dust extraction.
To get some help kickstarting your woodturning New Year's Resolutions with the right tools and accessories, visit the ToolPost website at http://www.toolpost.co.uk/index.html.
Happy New Year!