Segmented Turning Design

Curt Theobald
September 21-25

This workshop teaches turners at all skill levels how to create attractive segmented patterns applicable to platters, bowls, and vessels. Curt shares best practices for developing designs and translating them into precisely joined wood assemblies that are ready to turn on the lathe.

On the first day, students familiarize themselves with the essential skills of layout, safe cutting, fitting, assembly, and glue up by making assigned patterns. For the remainder of the course they work with Curt’s guidance to construct more complex sample patterns of their own designs. The primary tools involved are the band saw, chop saw, and disc sander. (To make as many patterns as time allows, the class works with ⅜” thick hardwood. These sample assemblies are not meant for turning, since the wood thickness required for even a thin platter is about 1¼”.)

Curt encourages students to come with drawings, designs, images, and/or ideas for patterns they are interested in learning to make. At the end of the week, each student goes home with multiple assembled patterns, as well as drawings and notes on how each particular pattern was created. Curt’s goal is to prepare participants to explore even more complex patterns on their own.

Curt Theobald has been a full-time, self-employed studio woodturner in Pine Bluffs, WY, since 2002. His work is exhibited nationally and may be found in the permanent collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu, HI) and the American Association of Woodturners (Minneapolis, MN), among others. Publications include magazines such as American Woodturner, Woodworker West, Craft Arts International, and Woodturning, as well as books such as Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood  (Peabody Essex Museum, 2015), Segmented Turning (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2012), and 500 Wood Bowls (Lark Books, 2004). Curt demonstrates internationally at venues as widespread as the 2016 French Wood Congress, the 2016 New Zealand Woodturning Symposium, the 2015 Irish Woodturning Guild National Seminar, and numerous symposia of the American Association of Woodturners. His website is


Open to intermediate and advanced turners.



Tuition: $820

Meyer Jan27RimHiRes CopyEye of the Storm by Curt Theobald, walnut, pernambuco, and holly (16”dia.x3½”), 2013Meyer May8 1HiRes CopyDiamonds in the Rough by Curt Theobald, English walnut, pernambuco, holly (3¼”x2¾"dia.), 2014