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BDT101C22 Bowl Design and Tool Techniques with Matt Monaco

March, 4 - March, 6 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


In this course you will learn to design, turn, and finish both side and end grain bowls on the lathe. Matt will introduce you to some of his most effective nuances of approach in cutting side & endgrain, (some of which are are not currently being taught anywhere in the field of woodturning) and are based on his formative years training & spent as a working professional trade turner. You will learn about the advantages of using both green and dry materials, and how specifically focused practice and efficiency at the lathe directly mirrors the process of producing beautiful vessels. Matt will help you to discover what tool control & fine technique is, and how correct body mechanics with the usage of a variety of basic turning tools used correctly, can produce exceptional results, and how simple tool modifications can also greatly improve the overall cleanliness of surfaces cut straight off the tool to drastically reduce sanding.

You will learn:

• A new method to approach cutting endgrain for burnished surfaces.

• An intro to basic tool modifications in Sharpening for better results on side & end grain.

• How to properly execute fine hand-turned detail on vessels, and practice for consistency.

• What makes a well-designed piece (considering visual, tactile, & end-use) for better all-around craftsmanship

•How to develop your own eye for form.

•Intro to advanced understanding of tool usage, theory, and application

• The necessity of properly shaped & sharpened tools.

• Finishing options.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than nine (9) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school. Valved masks are not acceptable.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.

Meet your Instructor

Professional woodturner Matt Monaco produces beautifully crafted bowls, plates, and platters from his studio in the Ozark region of Missouri. Combining thoughtful design and precise technique, Matt uses a standard lathe and turning tools to produce wood pieces that echo the precision and elegance of traditional pottery, creating a unique style that he rightfully describes as “wood-carved pottery.”

As the founder and owner of Monaco Bowls, Matt designs and creates turned products for homeowners, gallery buyers, museum stores, and interior designers. With 16 years of turning experience, Matt has worked with such masters of the craft as Richard Raffan and, in addition to producing his own work, is a sponsored representative for Glaser Hi-Tec Tools, demonstrates for national wood turning clubs of the AAW, and teaches at woodworking schools across the country.


March 4, 2022@9:00 am MST
March 6, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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