start with this book
By: nate (May, 2015)
Like most facets of wood working, turning isn't very accessible to the unexperienced. Books are great place to Turn to for information, however, when it comes to turning, most how to books A.) were written in 70's and are hell bent on you turning some sort of wretched bird house, and more importantly, B.) assume you have at least 5,000 hours logged on a lathe.
This book lays a great foundation for turning, starting with lathe selection, tool safety, and relevant exercises and projects. It breaks down the differences between faceplate and spindle work with a flow chart of where each tool is utilized, with a follow up exercise for each tool and how to properly hold and use. The author's "Six Laws of Woodturning" run through my head whenever I use my lathe.
I own this product.