Woodturning: open bowls & hollow forms – W1013-19

Date: Aug 05 - 09, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): David Ellsworth

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


Take the first steps to becoming a woodturning master during this comprehensive exploration of bowl and hollow form turning. Start at the beginning, working directly from the timber log. Uncover the essentials of this engaging art form under the guidance of the instructor’s signature gouge, hollowing techniques, work methods and philosophy. Explore topics such as reading bowl forms within the log, orienting grain patterns within bowl forms and learning how to turn with maximum versatility and efficiency while minimizing sanding. Students use a variety of chucking systems, including jam and vacuum chucks, and learn the subtle and not-so-subtle elements of object design. Tool design and sharpening are also covered.

Media & Techniques:

Students learn how to turn open bowls and hollow forms from green logs while using the lathe as a power carving tool. All of the methods of orienting grain, mounting, cutting, sanding and finishing are covered.


The workshop includes a comprehensive demonstration on turning an open bowl from half a log. There are also demonstrations throughout the week, which explore different aspects of the making process.


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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