Learn the beautiful craft of pen-turning
In this introductory course to wood turning, you'll be shown how to turn a beautiful wooden pen on the lathe.
Over a couple of hours, you'll produce a gorgeous piece that is a perfect present for a dear one (or for yourself!) and learn the basics of woodturning, safety behind the lathe and its operations, as well as the different gouges to use in the process.
About the Instructor: Terry Tingle is the president of the Alabama Woodturners Association and is a member of The American Association of Woodturners. Terry has been teaching students how to turn pens for years, some of whom have had their exhibitions in Art and Craft Shows throughout Alabama, including Mentone.
Are Minors allowed? Yes, accompanied by parent.
What to wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided if possible and rolled up if necessary. Long hair must be tied back and dangly necklaces, earrings or other accessories shall be removed before starting the class. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. Masks may be required depending on circumstances.
Bottle stoppers and openers are a fun project for the lathe. Design opportunities are limited only by the turners imagination and the participant will have an opportunity to practice tool techniques and forms while producing a stopper, opener or both during the session.
Some experience with a lathe is useful but not required. Proper use of tools and lathe safety will be stressed.
Are minors allowed? Only if accompanied by parent.
What to Wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, closed toe and heal shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided. Long hair must be tied back and jewelry should not be worn. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. Ear plugs are recommended for hearing protection and dust masks are also useful.
About the instructor: John Sowell has been turning items for function and whimsy for about 12 years. He is primarily self taught but has studied books, videos, workshops, symposia and formal training from professional turners such as Glenn Lucas, Jimmy Clewes, Rudy Lopez and David Ellsworth.
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