Beth Ireland
September 2-13

This two-week course provides novices a strong foundation in wood turning to begin their woodworking journey by covering techniques for spindle, end grain, and faceplate turning. Starting with the essentials of sharpening, Beth teaches participants to work safely and effectively with standard turning tools such as spindle and bowl gouges, scrapers, and parting tools. Participants begin with spindle turning and progress through a series of exercises to learn sizing, fitting, hollow work, and bowl turning. Instruction covers everything from wood selection to finishing, as students create a series of projects. Beth discusses problem solving and the development of a personal turning style as students work to create boxes, vessels, and bowls. Additionally, students learn to make custom tools for hollowing and specialized applications.

Beth emphasizes safe and efficient tool handling throughout. She also creates a supportive atmosphere in which students can develop their creative voices. Among the decorative skills she covers are architectural carving for twists and patterns, offset turning, and pyrography.

Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published in Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters, to sculpture, to one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and her website is bethireland.net.

Open to all.

Tuition: $1,900

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Segmented bowl by Beth Ireland, mahogany, maple, ebony, and colored veneer (3"x12"), 1996
Segmented bowl by Beth Ireland, mahogany, maple, ebony, and colored veneer (3"x12"), 1996
Band saw box by Beth Ireland, holly, ebony, and blackwood (3"x9"), 2006
Band saw box by Beth Ireland, holly, ebony, and blackwood (3"x9"), 2006