Turned, carved, and decorated vessels are the vehicle for this week of technical and creative exploration on and off the lathe. Participants improve their turning skills hand-in-hand with their understanding of the relationship between form and detail. "We will push the limits of our craftsmanship by concentrating on details, which often become our signatures as makers," says Matthew. "This will be a fun, challenging, and confidence-building week."
Students develop their eyes for form by sketching, then stretch their turning skills to accomplish what they’ve imagined in green wood and kiln dried lumber. Matthew teaches both face-grain and end-grain turning techniques, such as cutting end grain with a hook tool or ring tool, creating detail with the spindle gouge and skew chisel, shear scraping for better form and surface quality, and turning face grain with the bowl gouge. He also shares surface treatment techniques such as texturing (with v-tools, small carving gouges, and Foredom tools), wood burning (with custom tips), and coloring (with dye stains, Japan colors, glazes and lacquer.) Participants are encouraged to explore the use of handles on lidded containers. Tuition: $650
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