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PLT101K21 Turning Fine Detailed Platters with Matt Monaco
November, 19 - November, 21 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM$499
A turned platter is a beautiful and functional piece as well as a fun woodworking project. In addition to a broad surface area useful for serving food or organizing household objects, a platter or plate also showcases a wider, more open display of sidegrain wood than of a standard bowl. Add in multiple options for edging and finishing, and each platter becomes a unique work of art.
In this three-day workshop, professional turner Matt Monaco will teach you how to create finely detailed platters that allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine through elegant shaping and careful features like raised shear-cut beads to define both line and volume.
Students will learn how to correctly apply traditional woodturning techniques, starting with an understanding of grain orientation, plus tool selection and sharpening, cutting and shaping skills, and even finishing.
Matt is an expert on the usage of proper body mechanics and finesse to control the cutting tools and will guide you through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises to develop your skills.
Each student will practice with green, unseasoned materials and will complete one large platter from kiln-dried stock, which will be finished with food safe oils & waxes, making it equally suited as an item for display or for serving food.
You will learn to:
- Develop solid fundamental cutting techniques based on understanding principles of grain orientation
- Develop confidence & skill in sharpening lathe tools
- Proper use of bowl gouges and shear scrapers
- Create turned platters with fine detail including shear-cut beading
- Recognize design opportunities and develop your eye for fine form
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 is a sponsored representative for Glaser Hi-Tec Tools, 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 understood 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:
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.
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.