Many would like the opportunity to take a lesson with Jimmy Clewes but few get to enjoy the opportunity. However, we can have the next best thing by inviting Jimmy into our homes to show us the ropes through his DVD, 'Back To Basics', in which he discusses and demonstrates the fundamentals, setting us off on the right course for a lifetime's happy and rewarding woodturning. Because this is a presentation aimed primarily at the newcomer to woodturning, Jimmy covers all of the aspects that one would expect such as Health and Safety, the choice of equipment and tools and the all-important matter of tool sharpening. He even gives advice on the choice and use of abrasives and finishes. All of this sound advice is then put to good use through three projects - a candlestick, a pen and a bowl - that show that this guy is no mean theorist. If you are just getting started, or if you fancy a refresher course before taking your next leap forward in the adventure which is woodturning, then this DVD is well worth a look.
Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner. Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner - and you wouldn't be far wrong.
Since his arrival on the proffessional woodturnign scene, Jimmy has been a true breath of fresh air, challenging the norms, the convensions and the status quo, and in doing so has helped push the practice and tools along with him.
Whether it is his design inspiration and guidance gained from his superb DVDs or getting your hands on his innovative hollowing tools, items bearing Jimmy's name can be approached with confidence and reassurance.