Beginning Bowl Turning
This course will introduce the student to the art, science, and techniques needed to turn a block of wood into functional sculpture. Introductory demonstrations will include wood selection and drying, preparing stock for turning, tool sharpening and machine tool operations. Each student will have the time to complete at least one platter and two bowls of their design. The first class is a whirlwind immersion into all the facets of bowl turning for the whole group. Cost includes materials for your first two projects. Time permitting, we may get into some rough-edge green-wood turning. You may never look at a pile of firewood the same again! It is recommended for each student to provide their own safety glasses or shield and earplugs.
Dates: Thursdays, February 20 - April 17 (8 weeks)
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 146
PLEASE NOTE: This class is intended for true beginners, preferably students that have never taken a wood class with craft enrichment.
If you have taken one class previously, but are still working at a beginner level, you are also invited to register.
Registration will begin on the following dates, and remain open until this class start date, or until this class reaches capacity:
- FALL SESSION: August 1 at noon
- SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
- SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon
PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.
I was born in Vancouver BC, Canada in 1964. My parents influenced me early on, with my father working as a lumber man and my mother as an interior designer. As a kid I was scratch building scale models, playing in Dad’s lumber yards and exploring the back country of BC. Summer jobs in high school had me working in BC’s small sawmills. By the time I was out of high school in the early 80’s, I was channeling my creative energy into a 2 year Community College education in photography. I practiced photography off and on for 10 years, overseas and in NC.
The second career came in the early 90’s as a structural aircraft mechanic. During those years I fabricated machined and repaired large commercial aircraft like the DC-8, 737 and 767. We worked in aluminum, steel, titanium and composite structures like kevlar and graphite, performing heavy repairs and service checks.
The third career has been as a furniture designer and maker. I attended a great woodworking program at Rockingham Community College in NC, in the early 2000’s, that taught Fine and Creative Woodworking. It was there that I had my first turning class. I have also taken work shops by Will Neptune, Steve Latta, Alf Sharp and Curtiss Buchanan. Following school I owned and operated a small furniture design and fabrication business in the Greensboro area from 2005-2012. Turning was incorporated in many commisions I produced. I have also been a member of the Piedmont Triad Woodturners Association for 7 years and have my work carried in Ambleside gallery in Greensboro NC.
PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. If space is available, instructors are often able to add new students at the second class of a multi-week class. Please contact Eric Reichard to inquire if you can join a class late. If a class is beyond the second class meeting, contact Jack Chambers to be added to the mailing list. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.
Director: Eric Reichard, 828-262-6360
If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933 or email Jack Chambers.