Woodturning is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation. Like the potter’s wheel, the lathe is a simple mechanism which can generate a variety of forms. Items made on the lathe can include tool handles, spinning tops, cylindrical boxes, pens, chessmen, spindles and pegs for furniture, balusters and newel posts, baseball bats, hollow forms such as bowls, platters, and chair seats.
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