Any hard wood is good for woodturning projects. Find out more about woodturning hardwood such as oak in this free video on woodturning on the lathe.
In this clip I'm going to talk to you about the types of wood that you can use for turning. Any kind of hard wood can make a good wood turn on the wood lathe. This is an example of some hard maple and underneath it, this very large log, is locust. It is a very hard wood, very brittle sometimes but it does make some spectacular bowls. Here is another good hard wood to turn, ash, and a couple of varieties of cherry. This piece right here, which is the bowl blank that we're going to be roughing out, here is another piece of cherry. The bark looks a little different. This is an ornamental variety of cherry but it still makes some great bowl blanks. You can also see in this stack there are a lot of varieties of oak, red oak and white oak. Now that is a hard wood and it can be used for turning. It is not my particular favorite because oak can tend to crack while I am working with it but if I want a bowl blank that I'm going to turn green and want to warp out a shape then oak would definitely be a variety I would consider.