Love HeartWood’s Journal

The Joy of #TurningToolTuesday: Join Our Creative Woodturning Community on Instagram

by | Jun 18, 2024 | journal, woodturning

The Joy of my Creative Woodturning Community on Instagram

Liz writes: Woodturning is my passion. There’s something magical about taking a rough piece of wood and transforming it into a beautiful work of art. And what makes this craft even more special is the community that surrounds it. Today, I want to share with you the joy I find in my creative Instagram woodturning community, specifically through the hashtag #TurningToolTuesday.

Liz Pearson woodturning teacher

Finding Inspiration

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As a woodturner, inspiration can come from anywhere. It could be a walk in nature, observing the intricate patterns on tree bark, or simply browsing through social media. And that’s where Instagram comes in. The platform has become a treasure trove of creativity, connecting artists from all over the world, and this is how I met @richard_findley and @gorillabowls Anthony Lorton.

Engaging with Richard Findley

Richard Findley is one of the most inspiring woodturners on Instagram. His artistry and attention to detail are truly awe-inspiring. I reached out to him, expressing my admiration for his work, and to my delight he responded warmly.

Richard has been very generous with his woodturning knowledge, I see him as a  ‘mentor’, as he has guided me through new techniques and offered valuable advice. Through Richard, I have learnt about different types of wood and have been encouraged to strive for better control of my craft as a woodturner.

Richard Findley co-founder of #turningtooltuesday

Connecting with Anthony Lorton

Instagram post by @gorillabowls

I’ve also discovered another talented woodturner Anthony Lorton @GorillaBowls. I was fascinated by his unique style and use of innovative techniques like laser etching. Intrigued by Anthony’s approach to woodturning, I reached out to him, he was super friendly, helpful and more than willing to collaborate.

Through the #TurningToolTuesday hashtag both Richard and Anthony have shared not only their favourite tools but also their  approach to turning. Anthony is particularly honest about how it makes him feel. As makers, this aspect of turning is at the heart of the process for us, so it’s great to share our thoughts on that as well as the workshop tools we use. 

Sharing the Journey on Instagram

Every Tuesday, we – myself as @Love_Heartwood, and @Richard_Findley and @GorillaBowls, post about the woodturning tools we use, and how to use them safely and correctly. We encourage and invite others to share their tools as well, creating a supportive and inclusive space for woodturners of all levels.

Building a Community

What started as a simple hashtag has quickly grown into something much bigger. Woodturners from all corners of the world are using #TurningToolTuesday to showcase their work, seek advice, and celebrate their achievements. The community that has formed around this hashtag is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

We share tips and tricks, celebrate each other’s successes, and offer words of encouragement and humour during moments of frustration. The camaraderie within this community is truly heartwarming. Woodturning has gone from being a solitary hobby to a shared passion that connects people from different backgrounds and skill levels. 

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Lessons Learned

Through my journey in this creative woodturning community on Instagram, I’ve learned valuable lessons that extend beyond the craft itself. I’ve learned the importance of collaboration and how it can push you to new heights. I’ve discovered the power of connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion. And most importantly, I’ve realised that creativity knows no bounds when nurtured within a supportive community.

Inspiring Beginners

If you’re reading this and feeling inspired to start your own woodturning journey, let me be your guide (and your woodturning teacher click here to browse my classes). Woodturning is a craft that welcomes beginners with open arms, offering endless possibilities for creativity and personal growth. 

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But before you dive headfirst into the world of woodturning, it’s essential to prioritise safety.

Invest in quality tools and protective equipment, and always follow proper safety protocols. Remember, woodturning is a skill that takes time to master, so be patient with yourself. Start with simple projects like toadstools or small bowls, gradually building your skills and confidence.

There are many resources available online and in-person workshops, like mine, where you can learn from experienced turners. Seek out woodturners within your local community or join online forums to connect with fellow enthusiasts. Remember, we all started as beginners once, and the woodturning community is always happy to welcome new members.

Join Our Community

So if you’re a woodturner, a would-be turner or just someone interested in exploring this craft, I invite you to join our creative woodturning community on Instagram. Use the hashtag #TurningToolTuesday to share your work, seek inspiration, and connect with fellow artists. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced woodturner, there’s always something new to learn and someone new to meet.

Together, we can continue to inspire and uplift each other as we embark on this incredible journey of creativity. Let’s turn our passion into beautiful works of art and build a community that celebrates the joy of woodturning. Let’s meet up over on instagram for #TurningToolTuesday!

Join our vibrant woodturning community on Instagram and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Follow the hashtag #TurningToolTuesday and share your woodturning tools and creations. Let’s turn together, learn from each other, and find joy in our woodturning journeys.

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