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Many of us have a shop-full of tools and some of us are pretty darn good with them. But what could you make if you had just one tool? And what if you had to make a living using that tool? And what if that tool was one of the most basic hand-tools, no power?

If you haven’t seen this video of a Moroccan bow lathe turner it’s a “must see.” I guarantee you’ll be both amazed and humbled. Watch carefully as he cuts a captured ring. Check out the finish on the wood he gets right off the tool– hint, no sanding needed. This method of turning is undoubtedly thousands of years old. Heck, he makes our favorite bodger Don Weber look totally high-tech.


– Steve Shanesy

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