In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Bradley McCalister shares his views on woodturning, including a bit of his history and the path he traveled to become a woodturner, his opinion on why working on a lathe has grown in the past decade and what trends are showing up in the craft at this time. Then we turn the discussion to how to get started woodturning – his answer may not be what you expected.
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Learning The Basics
Bradley McCalister has been involved in woodworking since the age of 12 when he worked with his dad building a desk. After that he built boats and canoes while spending his time in the whitewater rafting industry. While in Colorado building homes – the next stage of life for Bradley – he decides to immerse himself in woodturning. He began as a production art turner, selling to galleries and at craft shows. Today he’s fully invested in woodturning education. He demonstrates and teaches at The Woodworking Shows and is in the process of expanding his website to help build the skills of woodturners of all levels.