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Some New Years Resolutions for Woodturners

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 ( ) 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 rewards from.

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 woodcarving 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'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
Who 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!

Protect yourself
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

Happy New Year!

Editor's Note: The ToolPost ( is represented by the search engine advertising and digital marketing specialists Jumping Spider Media. Please direct all press queries to Louise Byrne. Email: or call: +44 (0)20 3070 1959 / +34 952 783 637.

1997-2010 P. Hemsley.  The information on this website is the copyright property of Peter Hemsley.  Coeur du Bois and The ToolPost are trading styles of Peter Hemsley.  Whilst reasonable efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, no liability can be accepted for errors in this information nor for contingencies arising therefrom.  If you are inexperienced in any aspect of woodworking, we would strongly counsel that you take a course of formal instruction before commencing to practice