Ornaments make wonderful personalized gifts for the holidays. During this hands-on week long class students will learn to turn uncommon materials to produce stunning one-of-a-kind multimedia heirloom ornaments. The techniques and tools necessary to make and finish these various materials will be discussed in depth and demonstrated by Mark. Students should come prepared to turn a variety of different ornaments with unique combinations of materials including: non-ferrous metals, shell, acrylics and polyester plastics, Corian and solid surface material, tagua nuts and vegetable ivory, banksia pods, antler, bone, stabilized woods, and other unique infused porous materials. Hollow vessel turning will be explored on a small scale as well as the art of turning exquisite finials. Small simple shop made hollowing tools will be available for student use and the fabrication of them will be demonstrated. The process of fitting turned mortise and tenons will be integral to the assembly of the ornaments and will be one of the focuses of the class. Come and learn to turn unusual materials into breath taking ornaments that will astonish and bewilder friends and family.