Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Hollow Vessel Turning With John Jordan

Dates: 9/3 - 9/7
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $725
Materials: $40
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

This class will cover the techniques required to turn elegant and refined vessels using green wood as a material with a major focus on the characteristics and properties of this wonderful material. Learn about the difference in orientation of the wood, end grain vs. side grain, balancing the grain patterns and colors for maximum effect. Moisture-related issues such as warping and cracking will be covered at length, and you will learn John's simple method of dealing with these concerns. Smooth, fluid, and efficient tool use, sharpening, and shear scraping will be covered with a strong emphasis on the deep fluted, side grind gouge. The class will start with some basic bowl turning and will move on to safe, simple and effective hollow turning for those who are interested. Methods of carving and texturing to enhance the surface of the turned vessel will be explored, using a variety of hand and power tools, and on the lathe textures will be demonstrated as well. John requests that students have some previous knowledge of turning.

Key Points:

*Lathe maintenance and set-up
*Efficient use of the side-ground bowl gouge
*Why all hollowing tools are not created equal
*Safe and effective work-holding using chucks and faceplates
*The use of green wood as a material
*Dealing with wood movement and avoiding cracking/checking
*The use and sharpening of hand and powered carving tools
*Some easy textures done on the lathe

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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