As a self-taught woodturner the concept of woodturning design was a complete mystery to me and so I purchased this book in order to gain knowledge and experience of the subject.
The book is very thorough and includes chapters on the history of design, how the human eye perceives objects, and psychology as well as chapters on the principles and techniques of woodturning design itself.
Some of the earlier chapters may be of little or no interest to those wishing to learn about design principles and whilst the first few chapters can be skipped without missing any vital information, they do make for an interesting read.
The layout of the book however makes it very difficult to follow - there are too many footnotes and too many photos with detailed descriptions which interrupt the flow of the text and the reader finds themsleves jumping back and forth over the pages and often re-reading the previous few lines to find where they left off.
All in all, a well written book with tons of information and several design principles explained throughout. Recommended to novices and experts alike.