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GOB101B22 Turned Goblets with Matt Monaco

February, 11 - February, 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


A turned goblet is a beautiful project with many design options, as well as a great way to learn more about turning in general.

Professional turner Matt Monaco is back to lead this fun class focused on creating goblets on the lathe. Learn to design, turn and finish a variety of goblet styles incorporating everything from classically refined rims to a more rustic natural bark rim.

You’ll learn the various advantages of using either green or dry wood, and will be introduced to Matt’s special techniques for cutting end grain, which are both unusual and effective.

Learn by doing as Matt guides you to discover and develop the finer points of tool control, cutting application, and body mechanics. You’ll make several goblets and gain confidence with a variety of basic turning tools as you learn how simple tool modifications can produce high quality results, and also greatly improve the overall cleanliness of surfaces cut straight off the tool to reduce the need for sanding.

You will learn:

  • How to select, use, and sharpen your turning tools
  • How to properly execute fine hand-turned detail
  • How to practice for consistency
  • What makes a well-designed piece
  • How to balance visual, tactile, & end-use considerations for better all-around craftsmanship
  • How to develop your own eye for form
  • A more advanced understanding of tool usage, theory, and application
  • The necessity of properly shaped & sharpened tools
  • Finishing options

Prerequisite: None. This class is suitable for beginners.

Tools required: All tools and materials are supplied by the school. Please bring eye protection and a safety mask.

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 allowed.
  • 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.


February 11, 2022@9:00 am MST
February 13, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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