Turning can be a relatively low cost hobby (in woodworking all things are relative). A mini-lathe, a set of turning tools, a grinder for sharpening, a worklight and some protective gear can be bought for between $750 and $900. A mini-lathe can easily be stored under a bench. Setting it all up takes a relatively small amount of space.
We encourage you to try turning and learn from master turners like Bonnie Klein and Alan Carter.
What to expect in the classes:
We provide a lathe for each student, turning tools and materials. If you have your own turning tools feel free to bring them along so that you can learn using your own tools. Check the tool list for each class.
We suggest that you bring a face shield and a comfortable dust mask. You can buy a face shield from Woodcraft for around $22. You can also buy face shields at Edensaw (our local lumberyard).
You can also get a great idea of what it is like to be in class from this entry in our blog about Bonnie's Classes in May 2010.
- May 5-9 and September 8-12, 2014
Foundations of Woodturning with Bonnie Klein
In this 4-day class you will learn basic woodturning skills and apply your new skills to basic bowl turning using bowl gouges and green wood to make several small salad bowls.