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Wood Turning was a classic textbook prepared for the manual training of students in technical schools and colleges during the early 20th century.
"It has been the writer's experience that students lose confidence and become nervous because of the mishaps that are sure to occur, especially in attempting certain forms often presented early in courses of this character; and for this reason these exercises have been arranged in such a way that the turning of beads and similar work is left until such time as the confidence of the pupil is fully established; in fact, until he has had considerable experience on the lathe in handling the principal tools in connection with the simpler forms."
"The course and problems are those which students in elementary woodwork at the Lewis Institute are required to complete during the first course in shop work, and are so arranged that each successive lesson contains a new principle closely related to those in previous exercises."
Although a century has passed since it was originally published in the 1900s, the textbook is still one of the best on the subject.