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ESG101D23 Elegant Side Grain Containers with Matt

April, 28 - April, 30 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Whether for keeping or giving, a turned container is a beautiful and useful creation.

In this workshop, master turner Matt Monaco will teach you how to create, design, and turn a perfectly proportioned keepsake container utilizing side grain. Turning with the grain of the wood sideways creates a beautiful effect, especially on the lid of such a container, and allows you to “paint” with the wood itself. However it also comes with special challenges that may not be obvious to new turners.

By selecting the wood carefully and turning with careful tool control techniques, you will produce a successful and satisfying final project. Under Matt’s guidance, each student will accent their containers with fine-turned detail that express their individual style. Along the way, you will discover the many design opportunities that exist in the making process, as well as the importance of sharpening, cutting clean, and how to do both effectively and efficiently for a more enjoyable turning experience.

You will learn to:

  • Develop solid fundamental cutting techniques based on the principles of grain orientation
  • Develop confidence & skill in sharpening lathe tools
  • Create turned vessels with perfectly fitted lids
  • Recognize design opportunities and develop your eye for fine form
  • Turn fine detail & cut clean with a variety of turning tools

Prerequisites: None. All levels welcome. 

Tools required: None. All tools and materials supplied by the school.

Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask.

Class size: Maximum 8.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understand these policies.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

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. In addition to 19 years of turning experience he produces his own work, and demonstrates for national wood turning clubs of the AAW, and teaches at woodworking schools across the country.


April 28, 2023@9:00 am MST
April 30, 2023@5:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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