Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Turning Elegant Visual & Tactile Vessels with J. Paul Fennell

Dates: 9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $775
Materials: $95
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

In this class students will focus on techniques to turn elegant hollow forms with additional emphasis on visual and tactile elements applied after completing the vessel. Students will learn to develop a sense of form while turning, and how subtle changes during the turning process can dramatically change the final look of the vessel. Everyone will learn the basics of hollowing the vessel using their own tools, a traditional caliper, a special caliper (furnished) to measure wall thickness in difficult areas of the vessel. Participants will also make and use a simple hollowing tool. To embellish the form, students will learn to create designs that enhance the vessels visual appeal. Decorative techniques will be explored in detail, including carving, texturing, and piercing. There will be a strong focus on the process of laying out designs, how to make and creatively use an indexing wheel, and various methods of transferring designs onto three-dimensional surfaces. J. Paul will demonstrate how to create hollow forms especially meant to be held, with tactile qualities that are explored and enjoyed by ones hands. The tactile elements include scalloped, fluted, faceted and incised elements in various forms. Students will have the option to select one or more tactile designs for in-class projects to complete and take home. Finally J. Paul will demonstrate basic techniques of piercing, carving with various rotary hand pieces, micro-motors and power tools. Some previous experience in turning hollow forms and embellishing is recommended.

Key Points:

  • Learn the basics of turning hollow forms
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of form
  • See how subtle changes in the form can enhance the visual quality of the piece
  • Simple methods for finishing the bottom of the piece
  • Creating tactile designs by using an indexing wheel
  • Creating and transferring designs onto three-dimensional surfaces
  • Enhanced skills for carving, texturing and piercing
  • Use of various rotary and texturing tools and burrs
  • Elements, such as basket weaves, spiral fissures, ribbons and simple geometric shapes

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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