DATES: August 3 – 7, 2015
SKILL LEVEL: I – III
CONCEPT: “Turning wood is a centering process,” says David Ellsworth. “It can develop focus and foster growth while re-awakening self-expression.” Explore the process of centering while working on the lathe. This workshop emphasizes low-tech turning with a wide range of woodturning techniques. In daily studio practice and discussions both formal and informal, we consider key concepts of good design in making bowls and vessels.
MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use green wood. Developing designs, mounting and chucking materials; vacuum systems, sanding and finishing; correct body positions, tool designs and applications.
ACTIVITIES: We balance demonstrations with discussions and concentrated work in the woodturning studio with the Ellsworth signature gouge. There are daily discussions of ongoing work.
FACULTY: David Ellsworth has been a studio woodturner and vessel maker for 30 years. He is the founder and former president of the American Association of Woodturners and a fellow and trustee of the American Craft Council. David’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the White House and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. www.ellsworthstudios.com
Tuition: $875 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1075
Studio Fee: $95