Master Class: woodturning – W1114-19

Date: Aug 12 - 16, 2019

Skill Level(s): IV i

Instructor(s): David Ellsworth

Tuition: $1,175
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45


Develop new dimensions and possibilities in your woodturning under the guidance of a woodworking master. This dynamic workshop introduces David Ellsworth’s distinctive style in making open bowls and hollow forms. By examining the full range of his style, students produce open bowls and hollow forms while simultaneously refining existing techniques and learning new ones. A wider understanding of vessel design is taught and participants learn about the ergonomics of body movements for greater working efficiency. This challenges ideas and concepts in an effort to teach about the “self” in self-expression.

Media & Techniques:

Students work with the versatile Ellsworth Signature gouge and hollowing tools, all of which are provided. Each student is also provided with their own high-quality lathe. The workshop is fully equipped with all the tools and accessories necessary for doing handwork off the lathe. Students are encouraged to bring digital images or actual work.


The workshop begins with cut-rim and natural-edge open bowls, and progresses to hollow forms. There are demonstrations throughout the week to illustrate specific processes relative to students’ interests and the work being produced in class.


David Ellsworth’s work is included in the permanent collections of 41 museums and numerous private collections worldwide. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the American Craft Council and has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the PEW Fellowship for the Arts.

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