In this introductory course, Matt shares the excitement and joy of making simple, beautiful wooden objects at the lathe with properly executed cuts, correct body ergonomics, and the right tools. Participants work with green, air-dried, and kiln-dried domestic hardwoods, using the full range of essential turning tools—bowl and spindle gouges, scrapers, parting tools, and skew chisels.
The class begins with a series of skill-building exercises in both end-grain and side-grain turning, after which participants practice making basic bowls, spinning tops, and simple platters. Through demonstration and one-on-one guidance, Matt teaches proper grinding and sharpening, safe tool handling techniques, and the importance of muscle memory to cultivating a feel for form and design. Students can expect to go home with a solid foundation in turning from which to explore new techniques and designs on their own.
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 all.