During this five day hands-on class students will learn how to make their own unique, one-of-a-kind turning blanks including pen blanks, bottle stopper blanks, small lidded box blanks, among others. Students will learn the art and science of wood and other porous material stabilizing (resin impregnating) which includes why and when to stabilize, the benefits of stabilizing, and how to add beautiful, integral color to their blanks. Students will also learn how to cast their own unique blanks with casting resins including wood pieces, pine cones, snake skins, printed labels and other unique materials to make one-of-a-kind blanks to be used in unique works of art! Throughout the week, as blanks are completed, students will use those blanks to turn pens, bottle stoppers, lidded boxes, and other small turning projects. Pen turning techniques will include kit alteration and learning how to go beyond packaged pen kits by changing the length of tubes, eliminating or augmenting various pen kit parts, making closed end pen barrels, hiding or recessing clips, making two-barrel pens as single barrel pens, and finishing techniques. Come learn from two of the world’s best on the subject of stabilizing, casting, pen kit modification and small item turning!
Skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. No special turning techniques are required.