For beginners, I always recommend that you work with a species of wood that is inexpensive, not super hard, and can be easily sourced locally in your area.
For American woodworkers, this is Pine. Pine is a great piece of wood to start with, because it has all of the properties that I mentioned earlier, and is a perfect start.
It’s not going to work at exactly the same as some of the harder species that you could use, but it’s a nice inexpensive way to get started without spending a lot of money.
There are also lots of woodworkers that use Pine to create their initial designs and mark ups. They do it for the same reason that I’m recommending you use it as a beginner.
Pine wood is also really good on the lathe as a tester peace, and you can practice your techniques without destroying anything high-end or expensive.
If you want something that’s a little bit more dense, maybe try Poplar instead of Pine. This is going to be more expensive, but it’s definitely on the lower end when compared to all types of wood.
I do recommend after trying these couple of species that you also try something that is a little bit more dense. It will show you the variety of wood in the world, and help you learn more.
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