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.

Wooden bowlInstructor: Casey Gloster
Dates: Thursdays, September 11 - October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $185.00
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 146

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Registration will begin on the following dates, and close three working days before the class begins:

  • 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.

Casey Gloster

 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. Registration for each class is open until the class fills, or until three days before the class begins. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Ashley Haass to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.

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