Come out for a half day and learn a little something about turning wood. I enjoy teaching and passing on my experience. In the long run I hope to encourage many to invest some of their time into developing turning skills.

Each of my lathes sport different features, which will allow us to discuss the differences, in case you are interested in purchasing a wood turning lathe.

Class Schedule

Please review my calendar for scheduled classes.

We all have different schedules. If you would like to schedule an evening for yourself and a friend, please contact me to discuss optional dates.

Spindle Turning

Spindle turning is a good place for most folks to start on the lathe. With spindle turning, a piece of wood is placed between the head stock and the tail stock, where the grain runs from left to right. As the wood spins, the grain on a clear piece of wood approaches the cutting tool consistently through its 360 degrees of travel, making it smoother and easier to learn. Spindle turning is a great place to learn techniques of shaping the wood with a variety tools.

With spindle turning you can make ornaments, bats, rolling pins, candle sticks, tops, lidded boxes, trees, pencil holders and more!

Bowl Turning

Bowl turning differs from spindle turning in that with a bowl, the wood is oriented differently. Because of this, we generally turn bowls with different tools than we use in spindle turning. We will cover various techniques for mounting the wood on the lathe to allow us to turn the top and the bottom of a bowl.

We will start with a relatively small bowl. The larger the piece of wood, the higher the challenge and risk to the turner. If large bowls are your goal, it is important to start small and work your way up when learning.

Take a look at a few of the bowls I have turned.

Ornament Turning

I’ll schedule classes for ornament turning in the September – November time-frame, in time to get your head around turning some ornaments for the Christmas holiday season. Ornaments can be displayed all year long, but the Christmas holiday is definitely a time when I think about displaying lots of hand crafted ornaments.

Ornament turning is SPINDLE TURNING. For many folks, this is a good place to start learning turning techniques. Here are a few of my ornaments.

Want to Learn to Turn on Your Own Lathe?

I’ve had folks bring their own lathes to my shop so that they are learning on their own equipment. You are welcome to bring your lathe if part of your goal is to learn on your own equipment. If we are doing a class on bowl turning or focusing on some larger piece (not small spindle turning), I ask that you have at least a 3/4 HP machine. Using a machine with less power can be frustrating and quite time-consuming.