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TRN101A22 Woodturning with Matt Monaco

January, 14 - January, 16 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Experience the excitement of creating, shaping, and making objects on the wood lathe.

Professional turner Matt Monaco will introduce you to the tools of the trade and their ideal applications.

We will focus on the most important foundations of good technique: how to develop fine tool control and proper body mechanics at the lathe; how to properly shape, sharpen, and use your tools; and how to practice for maximum effect.

In addition to the basics, you will learn how to choose and use specific tools for both side and end-grain projects, and how to develop your techniques to produce higher quality lathe work.

This class will help you develop an eye for creating beautiful hand-turned items and understand how shape, contour, and grain orientation affects tool application.

Along the way, you will make a variety of elegant and practical turned items, which may include a rolling pin, footed bowl, and more.

Matt will also help to break down some woodturning myths through discussions and demonstrations that illustrate the difference between fact and opinion.

The goal of this class is to help you develop a natural, fluid sensibility and tool usage that gives you greater overall confidence as a maker.

You will learn:

  • The basics of lathe use and tool selection
  • The fundamentals of tool usage, theory, and application
  • The necessity of properly shaped & sharpened tools
  • What makes a well-designed piece for better all-around craftsmanship
  • How to properly execute fine hand-turned detail on vessels
  • Production methods to produce a variety of shapes
  • How to practice for consistency
  • How to develop your own eye for form
  • Finishing options for turned objects

Instructor Matt Monaco, the 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 woodturning clubs of the AAW, and leads classes at woodworking schools across the country, including the Southwest School of Woodworking.

Prerequisites: None. Beginners welcome.

Tools required: None. All tools and materials supplied by the school. However, if you have turning tools that you like, feel free to bring them.

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.

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.

$520.00Select options

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.



January 14@9:00 am MST
January 16@5:00 pm MST
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