Turned and Decorated Platters

Nick Agar
July 1-5

This master class in turning focuses on platters with decorative rims. Nick takes participants on a deep dive to explore new aesthetic terrain, improve their tool handling skills, and immerse themselves in decorative techniques. Each student can expect to complete at least two platters by the end of the week, with final coats of finish to be applied at home.

Topics covered through demonstration and one-on-one coaching include design development with attention to form and surface, selection of materials and tools, sharpening (including the benefit of fingernail grinds on gouges for push, pull, and shear cuts), gouge presentation and handling, work holding methods, texturing with rotary grinders, pyrography, airbrushing, masking, stenciling, and use of wood dyes, colored infills, and reactive paints.

Nick Agar is an award-winning wood turner and sculptor with more than 30 years in the field. He has taught and demonstrated in Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, all over Europe, and across the U.S. Nick has been profiled on BBC and ITV television programs, and was featured for the cover article of last April’s American Woodturner. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Turners, co-author of Woodturning Evolution (Guild of Master Craftsman, 2012), and his clients include HRH the Prince of Wales and Asprey London jewelers.

Open to intermediate wood turners.


Tuition: $810

Agar gear platterKey to the City by Nick Agar, sycamore with paint and gilding (12"dia.x10"), 2014


 Agar Viking Sunset bowls and platterViking sunset bowls by Nick Agar, maple and English sycamore, 2014