Expand your turning skills as you design & create thin-walled side grain vessels on the lathe. Matt will introduce you to some of his most effective methods and approaches, including how to address the nuances of cutting side grain, the advantages of utilizing green materials, and the how to create structural balance when turning thin. Produce visibly striking and well-designed vessels through focused practice and newly learned efficiency at the lathe.
Matt will help you to refine tool control & technique, understand how correct body mechanics with the basic tools can produce exceptional results, and how simple tool modifications can greatly improve the overall cleanliness of surfaces cut straight off the tool to drastically reduce time and effort spent sanding. Additional topics include: designing for utility versus display, developing your own eye for form, an introduction to more advanced tool usage and application, the necessity of properly shaped and sharpened tools, and finishing options.
Matt Monaco is a professional wood turner in Springfield, MO with 20 years’ experience. He originally trained, served an apprenticeship, and then worked in production at the high-end furniture and pottery company Shackleton Thomas, in Bridgewater, VT. Matt specializes in making vessels and lidded containers for the interior design and high-end furniture markets, as well as for private collectors. He teaches turning at schools and clubs across the country and is passionate about bringing new makers into woodturning and other fine crafts. Matt is a Fine Woodworking contributor. Matt’s website is monacobowls.com.
Open to intermediate turners.