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Twelve-week Turning Intensive

January 4 - March 25, 2016

Featured in American Woodturner magazine, December 2013. Click here to read the article.



The Turning Intensive is designed to prepare woodworkers for successful careers as professional turners, and is also open to amateurs who wish to bring their work up to a professional level.



The Turning Intensive curriculum leads students through a sequence of hands-on projects that develop their skills in all facets of professional turning.

Architectural turning: learn to construct and turn columns, balusters, newel posts, and moldings, using techniques for duplication, reeding, fluting, twists, split turning, rosettes, barrel staving, segmenting, and more.

Production turning: learn to turn production bowls, platters, stair parts, furniture parts, and other objects with consistency, speed, and quality.

Creative turning: develop your aesthetic voice by making one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural objects that are turned, carved, and/or sculpted.

Furniture components: learn to turn and join legs, pulls, finials, rungs, and other furniture parts.

Milling: gain competence with the table saw, band saw, router, drill press, lathe, router, and other woodworking machines for stock preparation, forming, and joinery.

Sharpening: learn how to grind and sharpen turning, carving, and woodworking tools such as gouges, skews, v-tools, and chisels.

Tool making: solve unusual turning challenges by making your own turning tools, jigs and attachments.

Business Practices: learn about estimating time and calculating competitive prices in the woodworking market, keeping books and other useful records, and marketing.


Week 1  Introduction to the Lathe and the Woodshop

Week 2  All About Spindles

Week 3  Offset Turning and Architectural Carving

Week 4  Bowls, Bowls, Bowls with guest instructor Mark Gardner

Week 5  Hollow Vessels and Boxes with guest instructor Mark Gardner

Week 6  Stool Project: Design, Layout, Drawing, Maquettes, and Joinery

Week 7  Stool Project, continued

Week 8  Segmented Columns, Bowls, and Architectural Elements

Week 9  Product Development with guest instructor Dino Sanchez

Week 10  Advanced techniques with guest instructor Al Stirt

Weeks 11-12  Individual projects



Beth Ireland is the Lead Instructor for the Turning Intensive. She has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, Massachusetts since 1983, specializing in woodturning, furniture, and cabinetry. She holds a graduate degree in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published throughout the U.S. Her business encompasses everything from one-of-a-kind sculpture to production runs of furniture and turnings. Her website is

click here to watch a video of Beth Ireland describing the course


Visiting Instructor Mark Gardner is a full-time studio turner and sculptor in Saluda, NC. His award-winning work is exhibited nationally and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. He is represented in publications such as New Masters of Woodturning (Fox Chapel Press, 2008) and Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood (Guild Publishing, 2002). Mark’s website is


Visiting Instructor Dino Sanchez is a New York City-based artist and industrial designer. He is currently Creative Director at frog design in New York City, where he is responsible for leading product & service development for some of the world's leading brands. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, Wallpaper, and Fast Company. Dino teaches product design for the Turning Intensive.


Visiting Instructor Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the White House, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has demonstrated woodturning in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997, the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. Al lives and works in Enosburg Falls, VT. His website is

Application Process

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required. All experience levels welcome, except for absolute beginners.
Enrollment limited to 10.


Tuition: $7,340

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