this is my first attempt at wood turning. I used quite a long piece of oak 4×4 blank, around 40 cm the get the gist of turning, and to practice creating a tapered piece. I really enjoyed the process – it’s quite heavily focused way of interaction between the turner and the material. Oak as a hardwood wasn’t as difficult to turn as i had thought, however, i struggled to stop it splintering as it turned. The length of the wood increased the difficulty to get the surface smooth, as the middle section was left less supported and more prone to vibrating than the two end sections – which had more pressure keeping it centered, this was very noticeable when turning – and the tail stock had to be constantly tightened to reduce the vibrations, and by association splintering.