Bowls & Platters: form & pattern – W1325-18

Date: Aug 27 - 31, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Al Stirt

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45


Uncover the mysteries that make woodturning such an intriguing and beautiful art form in this exploratory course. We examine good form in woodturning while learning efficient bowl turning techniques and understanding the use of material and carved elements. Study in form and pattern guides discovery and creativity that unlocks a new dimension in your woodturning craft. We look at how wood grain, size, color and contrast can be manipulated to produce an in nite variety of turned objects. This immersive workshop is an excellent introduction to the fine art of woodturning. Students leave with a greater understanding of the craft and their own hand built bowls and platters.

Media & Techniques:

We use the lathe, working with kiln-dried lumber and green logs for open bowls and platters. We learn painting and finishing techniques with milk paint and acrylics. Students also explore shaping, sharpening and the use of various bowl gouges and shear scrapers, in addition to the use of myriad rotary and reciprocating carving tools.


We partake in daily demonstrations using bowl gouges and shear scrapers to learn processes and techniques. Working with wood from the log and dried lumber, we play with grain direction and experiment with carved patterns. Students have time to work with finishes such as milk paint and acrylics for a desired finish.


Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 45 years. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has demonstrated and taught extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

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