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Valentine's Day book and video ideas for woodturners

Are you a beginning or seasoned woodturner yourself, or do you have a significant other who practices in this under-appreciated art? If you can answer with a "yes" to questions such as these, then you may be interested in the latest Valentine's Day gift ideas from the renowned supplier of woodturning and woodcarving tools, The ToolPost (

Although the website of The ToolPost is designed as a convenient, easy to navigate and informative resource for woodturners, the store is also accessible for non-woodturning professionals who may be looking to buy a little something for a loved one this Valentine's. Those without technical knowledge may not be in the best position to decide on the most suitable woodturning tools for the needs of their partner, which is why perusing the store's selection of books, videos and CDs may be a good idea.

The ToolPost has a frequently updated list of its own book and video recommendations for those gift buyers who are especially uncertain as to their choice. Tomes that feature on the present books list including The Wooden Bowl by Robin Wood with a foreword by Richard Raffan, Woodturning - A Foundation Course (New Edition) by Keith Rowley and Turning Green Wood by Mick O'Donnell. Recently recommended videos, meanwhile, include Mastering Woodturning - Bowl Turning Techniques by Glenn Lucas, No Turning Back with Les Thorne and Mike Mahoney on the McNaughton Center Saver.

The most cursory glance at the available range of DVDs, CDs and books shows how especially fortunate the field of woodturning is in being furthered by a wide range of experts who are happy to transfer their hands-on demonstrations to the mediums of text, audio and video. Your loved one may have been a past attendee at demonstrations given by many of these internationally-renowned experts, or have even signed up to an upcoming event like the woodturning masterclasses that are to be led by Jimmy Clewes and held at The Toolpost's own Didcot, Oxfordshire training facility in November 2013. This could provide some good initial clues as to which titles to look for.

It is possible to find books relating to timber identification, conversion, seasoning and forestry, from William A. Lincoln's World Woods in Colour to Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology by R Bruce Hoadley. There are also many titles dedicated to assorted woodcarving techniques, such as Ian Norbury's Fundamentals of Figure Carving and Grinling Gibbons and the English Woodcarving Tradition by Frederick Oughton FRSA, the latter having been published at the same time as a Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition of Gibbons' work. Books on such subjects as wood finishing and furniture-making also exist.

It shouldn't take too much difficulty to enquire as to any possible gaps in your partner's present woodturning book and video library - but in the event of any lingering doubt, The ToolPost ( also offers gift vouchers in any denomination.

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.

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