Bowl Turning Class Information

Learn the Easy Way To Turn A Wooden Bowl Using the Long Grind Bowl Gouge

Experience a fun and rewarding way to learn the pleasures of wood turning. Unlike may other woodworking projects, artfull and functional turned bowls can be made in a short amount of time. The two-day class is designed to give the turner the knowledge and skills to return home with confidence to repeat what was learned in class.

Topics covered are: Lathe and tool safety; how to obtain and prepare turning blanks; tool selection; sharpening; several methods for mounting the turning blank on the lathe; how to push cut, pull cut and shear (angel hair) cut, all with the long grind bowl gouge. The student will also learn shear scraping to remove any remaining tool marks, sanding (hand and power) and finishing options. The long -grind bowl gouge cuts can be so clean that sanding usually begins with 120 or 180 grit sandpaper.

Both days begin at 9 am. The first days focus is on learning the different cuts with the bowl gouge on a sacrifical turning blank. In the afternoon, we begin with a bowl blank, going through the process of making a bowl, becoming familiar with the process. The second day, we start with a slightly larger bowl blank, having all day to complete your bowl. This second day reinforces what was learned the first day, adding a couple additional cuts that help refine the bowl surface.

During class breaks, we discuss how to harvest and store wood. Different tools are reviewed that may enhance the students woodturning goals. We also review several books, videos, other web sites and turning catalogues. Question are highly encouraged!

All wood is supplied. The bowl gouge can either be purchased or borrowed (please wait for the discussion in class to determine the correct bowl gouge to purchase for the turning you plan to do).

Students should wear short sleeve’s (safety). Wear full regular or safety glasses. Bring your tools for use, discussion and sharpening. If you have a 4-jaw scroll chuck, please bring it and all its accessories to class. A chuck allows the turning process to be more accurate and effieient.

Please bring a lunch and drinks (a refrigerator is available). We review handouts and discuss various woodturning topics during lunch.

Classes are either one-on-one in his studio in Mason, or two day classes at Johnson’s Workbench in Charlotte, MI, 563 N Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI (517) 543-1660

No previous turning experience is required.

Contact Ernie to schedule a class.