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Woodturning Design - Feb. 2013, Issue #41

Woodturning Design – Feb. 2013, Issue #41

Hi to my fellow pen turners. I received my free copy of Woodturning Design magazine (Feb. 2013, Issue #41) with my order from during their annual New Year’s Sales event; which if you missed it, it’s unfortunately over now.  Along with several great articles on woodturning, I particularly enjoyed Kurt Hertzog’s pen turning article “It Doesn’t Matter”.

In this Myth-Busters like episode, Kurt provides valuable insight to several hyped-up techniques that may not be as critical as you’ve been led to believe. Kurt’s response is either “It doesn’t matter” or “It depends” on topics such as type of drill bit, drilling methods, which chisel to use, what type of finish and method to use, proper lathe speed, and glue choice.

The article starts on page 17 in the magazine. I highly recommend you pick up a copy as I’m  sure you’ll enjoy some of the other articles as well. However, you’re still in luck if you can’t find a copy as the folks at Woodturning Design have been kind enough to allow Kurt to share the article on his website. You can download your copy here.

Great article Kurt, thanks for sharing it.

Happy turning,
Tim McGill

About Kurt – A professional woodturner, Kurt enjoys the continuum of woodturning from making his own turning tools to photographing his finished turnings. He is a frequent demonstrator and instructor on all facets of woodturning, he particularly enjoys teaching tool sharpening, workholding, and advanced penmaking.

Kurt writes two regular feature columns for Woodturning Design Magazine and a series for Woodturning Magazine. You can see the range of his work on, and on

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