Turning for Beginners

Michael Kehs
September 14-18

In this well-structured introduction to the lathe, Michael leads students through a series of projects that build new skills sequentially. With clear demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and an emphasis on safety, he covers

  • • lathe operation, speed, and chucking techniques;
  • • wood selection and preparation;
  • • sharpening and use of gouges, skew chisels, scrapers, and parting tools;
  • • body stance and the ergonomics of tool control; and
  • • a full vocabulary of essential cutting techniques.

Participants develop a solid foundation of turning skills on which they can easily continue to build at home. The nine projects include spindle-turned objects such as honey dippers, coffee-scoop handles, and tree ornaments; face-plate turned objects such as bowls; end-grained turned objects such as lidded boxes; and joined, assembled, and finished objects such as bird houses.

Michael Kehs has been a professional wood turner and carver in Quakertown, PA, for almost four decades. He exhibits nationally at such respected venues as the Center for Art in Wood, the American Association of Woodturners’ Gallery of Wood Art in Minneapolis, MN, the online Wood Symphony Gallery, and the former Del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. He has numerous publication credits in American Woodturner, Woodturning, and Woodcraft magazines, and he demonstrates turning internationally. Among Michael’s many honors are a 2016 Niche Award and a 2016 AAW Excellence Award. His website is michaelkehswoodworks.com.


Open to all.


Tuition: $820

Wise walnut bowl3 boxes by Michael Kehs, osage orange (1½"dia.x1½" & 1¾"dia.x3"), 2012Balusters large fileCherry Vessel with Finial by Michael Kehs, cherry and marado (3”dia.x7½“), 2012