Woodturning offers a lifetime of possibilities. This craft is as useful to artists as it is to furniture makers. It’s a compelling craft full of as many challenges as it has rewards. A good start is to have a guide early on who can teach you the best ways to approach woodturning. What to avoid is as important as what works best. Your progress, satisfaction and indeed your safety can depend on it. Many who are self taught habitually repeat easily avoided mistakes. Lessons with an experienced woodturner can guide the novice turner through the thorny process of coaxing pleasant forms from common woods.
Instructors Clint Stevens, Andy Kuby, Al Miotke and Graham McLachlan are experienced woodturners and instructors who emphasize a hassle free, safe and encouraging learning atmosphere in their classes. These carefully designed classes are perfect for inexperienced turners. You will learn about the lathe, its accessories and the tools used to shape wood. Students will watch demonstrations, then apply what they have learned to independent work overseen and guided by the instructor.
- Beginning: Mondays, 6:30-9:00 pm, July 31 – Sept 25, or
- Turning 2: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Aug 2 – Sept 27, 2023
Choose a class:
Turning 3 is being offered in place of Turning 2. Sign up for Turning 2 if you want to take Turning 3. Mondays, 6:30-9:00 pm, May 22 – July 17, 2023. (PayPal has updated and is nothing but trouble)
- Students will be given access to all tools needed for this course and all materials will be provided.
- It is recommended that you dress expecting to get some sawdust on your clothing.
- You must notify us one week before the start of your class if you need to cancel in order to receive a partial refund. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. After the start of your class, no refunds are given.
7 weeks | Fee: $375 plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor
Prerequisite: Beginning and Intermediate Turning
In this class, we’ll take a deeper dive into the skills
involved in turning bowls and lidded boxes. We’ll go over sharpening
in greater detail, discussing different grinds for different purposes.
Through demonstrations and independent work, you will develop more
precise tool control and cleaner cuts on bowls, as well as how to
achieve excellent finish work on boxes. We’ll talk about general
design concepts and what makes a beautiful turning.
If you have your own tools, feel free to bring them.
Turning 4: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Oct 11 – Dec 13, 2022.