A heartfelt guide to two pastimes: turning wood to make bowls and other objects, and meditation – and the way the two can combine to bring satisfaction and repose to a fraught and busy life, whatever your age.

Kiwi author Ron Murray takes us on a journey into the “how-to” for both activities, drawing out the hugely positive benefits for the soul of getting a lathe, chisels, and some raw wood, and having a go.

At the core of his thesis is the idea that turning IS meditation, for the quiet focus and pleasure it brings, and that turning also takes you into the fascinating and immensely satisfying world of woodcraft.

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