Learn Woodturning

Course offerings 

Bowl turning introduction

In this introductory course, students will learn how to turn a small wooden bowl, including how to use roughing and carbide tools. We will introduce tool safety, proper posture, and several methods of material removal. We will also touch on sanding and finishing techniques, how to avoid torn grain, and how to mount blanks safety to a lathe. The tools involved are the band saw, drill press, low-speed grinder, and the lathe. 

This is an experiential class, designed to have each student leave the class with a functional understanding of lathe safety and a handmade bowl. It is not designed for aspiring professional turners.

Duration

3 hours

Students

1-2

Cost

$150

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Rose engine bowl turning

In this course, students will receive an introduction to the lathe and the rose engine. Students will make 2 bowls from exotic woods, then ornament them using the rose engine. We will cover safety, tool operation, and the planning of pieces.

Duration

3 hours

Students

1-2

Cost

$200

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Box turning

In this course, students will learn to turn a lidded box. Students will use carbide tools to complete the box body and lid, including hollowing and decoration. If time allows, limited use of the rose engine may be included. 

This course builds on the foundations established in the "Bowl turning introduction" course, and requires slightly more precision and focus.

Students will leave with a 3x3x3" lidded box for keepsakes, valuables, or use in the kitchen.

Duration

3 hours

Students

1-2

Cost

$200

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Intermediate bowl turning

This course is intended for those who may have done some woodturning before, but who may have limited experience turning bowls, have never used HSS tools before, or who simply want to improve their bowl turning technique. 

This course focuses on bowl turning tactics, technique, methodologies, and emphasizes thoughtful design in bowls. We will talk about foot design, the use of chucks, screw chucks, and other mounting fixtures. at least 15 minutes of this class will be spent designing a bowl so that the student may turn their design with intention.

Students will leave this class with 2 6x2" bowls.

This class is best taken 1:1, but I will consider groups of 2 experienced turners for the 3-hour session. If this course is taken by 2 students simultaneously, each student will leave with 1 6x2" bowl.

Duration

3 hours

Students

1

Cost

$200

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