A well-designed platter considers visual and tactile qualities as well as the intended use, including whether it will be used for food or other purposes. Using traditional woodturning tools and side-grain hardwood rounds, students are guided from beginning to more advanced turning techniques to create interesting and beautiful platters, plates, and other side-grain objects. Addressing a wide variety of skills, Matt includes demonstrations on executing fine hand-turned details, consistency in form development, finishing options and techniques on the lathe, correct body mechanics, and sharpening methodologies to modify turning tools and ensure excellent results.
Matt Monaco operates a full-time woodturning studio in the Ozark region of MO, making dedicated collections, signature series vessels, lidded containers, and spindle-turned items for industries of craft, interior design, and the high-end furniture trade. Matt is a Fine Woodworking contributor and is supportive of U.S. craft organizations & environments that carry desire to further integrate woodturning into wider demographics and wish to see the craft thrive into the future.
As a full-time professional turner with 20 years’ experience, one of Matt’s missions is to make the highest quality products, that reflect both the mastery of the tools, and the functionality and timeless beauty of wooden decor in others’ lives. Matt is one of very few modern traditional woodturners having apprenticed and trained as a trade professional and worked closely within a high-end furniture production landscape — Shackleton Thomas Furniture and Pottery.
At the center of Matt’s work is his understanding and mastery of tool control as an expression of traditionally crafted design as fine art — in producing forms & items that are as tactile as they are sublime and made with intent and purpose. Matt’s website is monacobowls.com.
Open to intermediate turners, including anyone who has just taken Matt’s introductory course.