The introductory portion of the eight-week Turning Intensive and the one-week turning segment of the Nine-month Comprehensive course teach spindle turning, tool making, chisel sharpening, hollow vessel turning, offset turning, and carving on the lathe, among other skills. In a relatively short time, students learn the basics and begin to explore their own designs.
Lead instructor Beth Ireland teaching students how to grind Allen wrenches into hook tools with custom-turned handles.
Nine-month Comprehensive student turning small hollow vessels.
The hook tool each student makes is designed to handily hollow out a small vessel.
The spiral twist design is created by first turning the spindle and then carving a pattern.
An experiment in color and finish.
Students learn architectural carving on the lathe. At right is a simple practice layout.
Acorn carving, the top to a hollow container.
Once the spiral is complete, it can be hollowed out for more visual intrigue.