About Me

Hi, my name is Charles Wilson, A DIY enthusiast. I was born and raised in Danville, Illinois. I am also a father of two troublemaker kids, a terrible photographer, and I love to play blues.

Are you getting confused with the lathe, chucks, gouges, chisels, and other accessories? Which tool would fit the budget and space, giving you a quality finish? Traditional HSS or Carbide turning tool? How to overcome the problems on the machine and so on?

It’s okay, been there and I am here to help.

I have designed this website to guide people through their turning journey and help them learn and choose their Lathes and other Turning Tools and accessories without wasting money.

I started my journey as a Machinist Apprentice at Berkeley-Davis, Inc., after completing Mechanical Technology at Danville Area Community College.

After spending years with metalworking in different companies, I decided to join as a novice turning member in Central Illinois Wood Turners under AAW in early 2000, because deep inside, I always had a craving to turn woods.

But, I have never thought of making money working as a woodturner as I have a full-time job also, so I don’t sell my work (well, till now). I do this mostly for fun, and I love to make things out of wasted materials, whether it’s wood or metals.

And while I earn a small percentage of purchases made through links on this site (at no extra cost to you), the vast majority of items on here that I review and link to I have purchased and used.

Here is a complete guide with all the recommended wood lathes that can deal with any project. I hope it would be enough for anyone likely to enter this profession.

I have my own workshop arrangement in my garage, and that’s where I spend my spare time playing with the machines and making things for my home.

But anyways, I would really love to share my knowledge with the beautiful people who are willing to make their own things.

Favorite Turning book– American Woodturner journal by AAW
Ideal Mentor– Richard Raffan (Australia)
Favorite Metalwork– Cutting Threads
Favorite Woodwork– Turning miniatures (anything small).
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