Alan Lacer has been involved in the field of woodturning for almost four decades. He’s done almost anything and everything you can think involving the craft from turning to teaching to writing, and is a past president of the American Association of Woodturners. His latest book, “Alan Lacer’s Woodturning Projects & Techniques” is a collection of his writings for American Woodworker Magazine, presenting 15 years worth of his articles in one volume. In the following interview, Lacer discusses some favorite projects and turning tools, his new book and some of his musings about the art of woodturning.
There were connections between articles that were not evident when spread across 15 years. The technique articles often related to projects articles; some projects built upon previous projects; some techniques were a continuation of previous technique articles, such as those on the skew chisel. This book is an excellent vehicle to tie many of the articles into a coherent work.