Woodturning involves using a lathe to create objects from some type of wood. As the lathe turns, the wood remains in the same position and slowly is shaped by the operation of the lathe. Using this basic process, it is possible to create many different objects from wood, in the process revealing the intricate and colorful patterns that lie within the wood grain.

The actual process of woodturning is broken into two different methods. The first, known as spindle turning, uses a process that involves using wood where the grain runs in the same direction as the lathe bed.  Another woodturning method is known as faceplate turning. Using this method, the wood grain runs vertical to the rotation of the lathe. Faceplate turning is the woodturning strategy of choice for such items as wooden platters, bowls, and decorative artistic pieces.