Hand woodturning is a skill alredy known in ancient Egypt. The golden age of woodturnery was around 16th and 17th century, when turning elements became a necessary part of furniture and ornament products
These days massive-turning companies are using advanced lathes for production. Hand woodturning is mainly found in smaller workshops and as a popular hobby. Especially in the UK and in the USA many clubs and shows are organized, where woodturners show their work and learn new technics.
Still, in spite of modern technology, the joy of hand-work continues. For hand woodturning all we need is a lathe, a few woodturnig chisels and a lot of practice.