Add depth, tradition and artistic lines to your woodwork in this introductory workshop, which provides instruction and practice in two distinct methods: spindle turning and faceplate turning. Throughout the five-day course, students learn the essentials and build a foundation in woodturning through actual practice by crafting a footstool. We review proper tool use and sharpening. This fun and inviting workshop provides access to an intriguing artistic process, and culminates in a work of wood art that you can take with you at the end of the week.
Media & Techniques:
Students practice the skill of spindle turning, or turning between centers, to create the legs and stretchers of the footstool. We then craft the seat of the footstool using faceplate turning. We learn which tools are appropriate for each operation, and how to sharpen them. In addition, we cover working with jigs for ease of accurate drilling for joinery.
We start turning on day one with practice spindles. You then carry on with creating your chosen design for the legs and stretchers. We incorporate the lathe and drill press for the attachment of the legs and spindles. Instructor demonstrations guide you through the process of creating your own footstool, including finishes.
Janet A. Collins is a full-time woodworking instructor in the Student Woodshop at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She is a graduate of the furniture program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, Mass.