Turning for Beginners

Keith Gotschall
September 26-30

Students in this introductory course learn to use all of the essential turning tools safely, working with both green and kiln-dried woods. Through demonstration and one-on-one assistance, Keith teaches techniques for using spindle roughing gouges, spindle detail gouges, parting tools, bowl gouges, and scrapers. Students develop new skills through a series of projects, beginning with basic spindle work, where they learn how to ride the bevel and push the tool from behind. Subsequent projects may include a carver’s mallet, matching legs, a lidded box, a platter, a bowl, and a lidded bowl.

Students can expect to learn how to mount wood on the lathe for both spindle and faceplate work, options for stance and tool use, appropriate lathe speeds for various operations, and how to choose the best tool for each operation. Participants leave with knowledge and confidence to continue turning on their own, whether for furniture production or to make bowls, platters, and boxes.

Keith Gotschall is a professional woodturner and furniture maker in Salida, CO. Self-employed since 1989, he teaches across the U.S. and has been a featured demonstrator at symposia of the American Association of Woodturners and Brigham Young University. Keith writes for American Woodturner, Woodturning Design, and the British magazine Woodturning. His pieces have been published in 500 Wood Bowls (Lark Books, 2004) and Beneath the Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning (Utah Woodturning Symposium, 2004). His website is keithgotschall.com.

Open to all.

Tuition: $750

Gotschall-2Hollow Forms by Keith Gotschall, buckeye burl, (11.5"dia.x5.5" and 10"dia.x11"), 2004

  GotschallOpen Form by Keith Gotschall, box elder, (10"dia.x11"), 2002