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Woodturning is a form of woodworking that is used to create wooden objects on a machine called a lathe. Woodturning is different from other forms of woodworking because the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Many intricate shapes and designs can be made by turning wood. There are two distinct methods of woodturning.

Faceplate turning is the method of choice for wood workers creating such items as platters, bowls and vases. In this process, the wood grain runs vertical to the rotation of the lathe.

Spindle turning is a process that involves using wood where the grain runs in the same direction as the lathe bed. Items such as table legs, spindles for beds, and legs for chairs are examples of woodturned objects that are created using spindle turning.