Bevels, Bowls, and Beyond

Jerry Kermode
September 17-21

If you already know the basic technique of riding the bevel, this is an excellent opportunity to expand your skills through a series of projects that include bowls, live-edge bowls, platters, and spheres. “If a student can ride the bevel,” Jerry says, “we can go anywhere from there!”

The course is fast moving, with lots of productive time at the lathe. Each consecutive project introduces new skills, and work is primarily done with fresh-sawn timber. Central to Jerry’s approach is the idea that even the most challenging turnings begin with the basic cuts. He teaches participants to understand how tools work and how wood fibers react to them, so that, without force, the cuts just make themselves. Among the many topics Jerry covers through lecture and demonstration are finding the bowl within the tree; how to make chisels and, especially, bowl gouges sing with perfect edges; safe methods for mounting, turning, and finishing bowls and plates; making perfect balls with a jam chuck; and optimizing breath, posture, and attitude to create satisfying work. 

Jerry Kermode works with his partner and wife, Deborah, as a full-time professional wood turner and teacher in Sebastopol, CA. Their natural-wood vessels are sold nationally through galleries and craft shows, and may be found in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, among others. Among the many publications in which they have been featured are 500 Wood Bowls (Lark Books, 2004), Woodworker’s Journal, Woodturning, and the San Francisco Chronicle. To see more of Jerry's work visit

Open to all turners who understand what it means to “ride the bevel.”



Tuition: $785

Kermode 2017 Box Elder Natural Edge BowlNatural Edge Bowl by Jerry Kermode, box elder burl with walnut stitching (8¼“x7½"x3¾).


 Kermode 2017 Redwood BallsRedwood Balls by Jerry Kermode (3½”dia. and 4”dia.), 2017