Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Turning Between the Centers: Skew Chisel Training Camp with Alan Lacer

Dates: 8/10 - 8/14
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $750
Materials: $50
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

This is a class that you will rarely see offered at any school, as most turners today are drawn to bowls and vessels. However, there is a rich, long tradition of between-center work in furniture, architectural turnings, and numerous small objects. As a matter of fact, there is probably more variety of objects in this form of turning than any other. Spindle turning would include furniture legs and spindles, handles of every type, columns, balusters, lamps, letter openers, pepper and salt mills, game calls, cabinet pulls, rolling pins, ink pens, lace bobbins, wine stoppers, fishing lures, spinning tops, and mallets, to name but a few. In this unique class Alan will take you through a wide variety of topics and challenges. These will include using the fundamental tools of this manner of turning: spindle roughing gouge, detail/spindle gouge, skew chisel, and parting tool. Special emphasis will be on developing your skill with a skew. You will learn to duplicate from a drawing or pattern and deal with thin slender turnings, pommels, off-center turning, and a host of projects that will culminate in the making of a three-legged stool.

Key Points:

  • The breadth and depth of between center turning
  • Tips and tricks for spindle duplication
  • Mastering the three types of pommels: square shouldered, rounded and lambs tongue
  • Pulls and finials
  • Working long and thin spindles
  • Designing and executing a three-legged stool

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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