In this weekend class, Master woodturner J Paul Fennell will teach the essentials to create vessel forms that bring elegance to any students work. Good form is an important starting point for making gallery-quality work and for more advanced work such as carving, piercing and pyrography. Students will make several vessel forms 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. The class will study grain orientation and wood distortion to learn how they affect the appearance of the vessel. Techniques will be explored for finishing the vessel, including proper tool use, efficient sanding, and simple finishing methods for shaping the bottom.