TRN101G21 Introduction to Turning


Introduction to Turning is a perfect course for the beginner. Even if you have not seen a lathe before, Matt will guide you through the process safely. In the end, you will be amazed at the new skills that you will acquire and the finished pieces you will take home. This is a good stepping stone for more advanced classes.

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Introduction to Turning

Open to all skill levels

Learn the excitement of creating, shaping, and making objects on the wood lathe with this three-day introduction to woodturning with professional turner Matt Monaco. Turning is an important part of furniture-building but is also a satisfying discipline in itself.

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of safe lathe use, as well as how to use gouges to shape the wood to your specifications. We will use a variety of skill-building exercises to refine your techniques as you learn how to control your tools and design and create beautiful forms.

Projects will include:

      • a spinning top
      • basic bowl
      • more if time allows

We will also apply a simple finish to the completed projects that will protect the wood and make it suitable for giving — or keeping.

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. 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.

    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.

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