Pure Form & True Shapes: A Foundation for All Turners with J Paul Fennell May 21-22, 2022
In this weekend class, Master Woodturner J Paul Fennell will teach the essentials to create vessel forms that bring elegance to any student’s work. Good form is an important starting point for making gallery-quality work and for showcasing more advanced work enhanced by carving, piercing and pyrography. Students will make several vessel shapes during the weekend to learn the basics of good design. Emphasis will be placed on developing a sense of how subtle changes in the form’s line, volume and proportion can dramatically enhance the elegance of the vessel. Students will also study grain orientation and wood distortion to learn how they affect the appearance of the vessel. Techniques will be explored for finishing the vessel using scrapers to minimize sanding, and simple but elegant methods for shaping and finishing the vessel bottom. Students will receive as much individual specialized instruction as possible for an enhanced class experience.