Now that you have that special log, where do you start? How do you decide where that first cut should be? What shaped vessel will best show the unique characteristics of the wood? These are questions that will get answered in this workshop. Students will learn about wood and its many unique characteristics including spalting, burls, crotches, curl, etc. and where and how they occur. Vessel orientation will be emphasized with handouts including numerous ways to orient a vessel in a log. Open and closed bowl forms will be taught and practiced with emphasis on simple fluid forms. It’s all about the wood! Using this information, students will then understand how to “read a log”, giving each person the confidence to make that first cut.