The object of these pages is to place before pupils such information as will be of practical help to them in their work in wood turning.

It has been the writer's experience that pupils 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 pupils 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.

The book is intended for class work, and, as stated elsewhere in this volume, should be supplemented by instructions and demonstrations given by an instructor in charge.

This little work is sent out with the hope that it may prove of practical benefit to those into whose hands it may come.


Lewis Institute

Chicago, Illinois