Woodturning: open bowls & hollow forms – W1016-18

Date: Aug 06 - 10, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): David Ellsworth

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


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

Media & Techniques:

Participants learn how to turn open bowls and hollow forms from green logs while using the lathe as a power carving tool. We explore all of the methods of orienting grain, mounting, cutting, sanding and finishing.


This workshop begins with a comprehensive demonstration on turning an open bowl from half a log. There are 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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