Metamorphosis: Revitalizing Turnings with Steve Loar August 1 - 5, 2022

about this workshop

The world is full of wooden objects that were turned on lathes. This class will give students an opportunity to resuscitate some of them; giving them entirely new, artistic, lives. This metamorphosis will use a few simple machines and tools, a variety of strategies and your imagination. The resulting forms may be useful or sculptural, or maybe ceremonial, autobiographical, or narrative. This is not a woodturning course, so no experience with woodturning is needed. Students will explore the possibilities offered by cutting, repetition, addition, subtraction, and reassembling, plus texture and color. Participants will recombine and reconfigure parts and shapes using traditional, novel, and invented joinery methods. Woodworking machines will be demonstrated.

Students will need to bring a quantity of premade turnings; these can be new, used, bought, broken, gifted, or parts; bowls, spindles, and furniture parts. Steve is an enthusiastic and high-energy teacher, so be prepared to push the boundaries of your imagination.

Unique Instructor Steve Loar

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$895 tuition + $60 materials

Key Points:
*Identifying “The Box” and thinking outside it
*Exploring brainstorming and inspirational ideas
*Appreciating the bandsaw’s versatility
*Exploring recombination
*Basic reassembly techniques
*Exploring repetition
*New/invented reassembly techniques
*The power of color

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Metamorphosis: Revitalizing Turnings with Steve Loar August 1 - 5, 2022


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