This class will be a great opportunity to spend a week learning the craft of woodturning with one of the best woodturners in North America. Michael starts off with a detailed discussion of lathes, tool selection, safety, and sharpening. He introduces students to four areas of woodturning: 1) SPINDLE TURNING, including wood selection, use and sharpening of tools for spindle work, offset turning, bending spindles in the microwave, cutting/assembling spindles for application to bowls and furniture, and combining spindles and bowls to make a ladle; 2) BOWL TURNING, including selecting and understanding inherent qualities of wood, turning green and dry wood, using gouges and scrapers to get a clean cut, using different sanding techniques, adding and subtracting wood to create unique designs, turning a bowl with carved feet, turning very thin bowls, and cutting and reassembling bowls; 3) HOLLOW TURNING, including basic techniques, cutting, reassembling to make a fish or teapot, and combining spindles with hollow turning to make a Christmas ornament or rattle; and 4) BOX MAKING, including ways to make a basic box, the use of hook tools, and creating oval and curved lidded containers. By the end of the week you will be on your way to turning excellence.
How to do all kinds of spindle work
How to do accurate duplication
How to turn off center
How to turn different types of bowls
Turned box variations
Refinement of tools and improved sharpening techniques
The importance of form