Learn To Turn

Beth Ireland
September 7-11

This course gives novices a strong foundation of 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. She also shares methods for making custom tools to achieve professional-quality results.

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.

Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in 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 is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive and teaches turning for the Comprehensive. Beth lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and her website is bethireland.net.


Open to all.


Tuition: $820

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