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NAT101E22 Turning Natural Edge Bowls with Matt Monaco

May, 20 - May, 22 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST

$520.00

Natural edge turning results in stunning pieces that balance the organic rawness of the source wood with the refinement of the artist’s skill. But while natural edge turning provides some of woodturning’s most rewarding forms, it also presents some specific challenges, as the turner must pay careful attention to the wood and how it wants to be cut.


Even if you have turned bowls and platters, turning natural edge bowls will expand your skills and fine-tune your techniques.


In this course, master turner Matt Monaco will show you how to design, turn, and create finely proportioned Natural Edge Bowls on the wood lathe.
Emphasis will be on developing your skills and moving toward mastery of fine tool control, particularly as it relates to this variety of vessel. We will also cover the importance of properly shaped and sharpened tools, the practice of developing one’s natural eye for design, and techniques to give better and more consistent results.


You will learn:

  • Basic to more advanced topics in tool usage, theory, and application for lathe work
  • The theory and practice of turning both side and end grain orientation
  • Solid fundamental cutting techniques based on understanding principles of grain orientation
  • How to design around the natural edge
  • How to turn bowls to your specifications while maintaining the natural edge of the wood
  • How to develop confidence & skill in sharpening and modifying lathe tools
  • Techniques for consistency and better results in cutting execution
  • What makes a well-designed piece that balances visual, tactile, and end-use considerations
  • How to recognize design opportunities and develop your eye for fine form
  • Finishing options for natural edge bowls

Your instructor:
Matt Monaco, owner of Monaco Bowls, designs and creates turned products for homeowners, gallery buyers, museum stores, and interior designers. In addition to producing his own work, Matt is a wonderful teacher and demonstrates for national wood turning clubs of the AAW, and leads classes at woodworking schools across the country, including the Southwest School of Woodworking.

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 9.

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

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 eight (8) 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.
When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
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.

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.

Details

Start:
May 20@9:00 am MST
End:
May 22@5:00 pm MST
Cost:
$520.00
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