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Primer Wood Turning on the Lathe

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This course is taught by members of the Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turning Association

Students will learn to make wooden articles on a modern wood lathe. They will gain experience in utilizing basic tools and proper cutting techniques to safely convert square chunks of wood into round artifacts such as paper towel holders, mallets, platters, bowls, round boxes and hollow forms. Experienced instructors will provide close oversight as the student gains the muscle memory to join the growing number of people who are becoming involved in this hobby. Wood, full-size lathes, and sharp tools will be provided by the Association. Participation in this introductory course will allow students to avoid many of the mistakes made by self-taught wood turners. Practice under the supervision of experienced turners builds confidence and muscle memory.

The class will be held on 6 successive Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the NEOWTA classroom at 10117 E. 50th St. in Tulsa starting February
15, and ending March 22, 2018. Students are invited to bring a sandwich or other quick meal for consumption during the first 15 minutes of the program (while wood turning is being discussed) before moving into the classroom. Soft drinks and coffee will be provided by the Association.
Each class will include elements of safety, tool characteristics, and proper methods for connecting wood to the lathe.

Class Content:
  1. Small Beads and Coves. Introduction to the lathe and to the four tools (spindle roughing gouge, half-inch spindle gouge, bowl gouge and parting tool. An exercise making a 12-inch stick of 7/8-inch beads is followed by converting the beads to coves. Beads and coves are fundamental shapes of almost all spindle type wood turning. A paper towel holder is made as a sample.
  2. Large Beads and Coves. A 12-inch bead and cove stick with 2-inch beads and coves and then connecting them with an “ogee” shape. This is a challenging exercise in mind, muscle and tool control. A shop or carving mallet and a dibble (garden tool) will demonstrate the use of these shapes.
  3. Beginning Hollowing and Flat Work.  A small vase will demonstrate shapes and introduction to hollowing (the easy way with a drill bit).  A small platter will open the turning experience to flat work and the use of a bowl gouge. These two works will be connected to the lathe with a chuck using two different types of tenons.
  4. Turning a Bowl from . Previous exercises have been with kiln dried wood. This is the first experience with deeper bowls and cutting green wood. The use of a Bowl gouge and scrapers will be emphasizedGreen Wood
  5. A Box with a Tight Lid. A hollow, round box with a fitted spigot and tenon will challenge the students to fit the hollow, round bottom to the hollow round lid.
  6. A Beaded Hollow Form. A 4” x 4” x 8” piece of wood will be converted to a two-piece, thin walled, hollow form. The external surface of the hollow form will be decorated with 1/8 inch or 3/16 inch beads at the students choice.
There are 12 instructors for this course with many years of experience, a love of 
wood turning and the willingness to share their knowledge. Based on experience, students have been most appreciative of the attention, knowledge and helpfulness of these instructors. One of the instructors will demonstrate making the object the students will then be monitored while they attempt to make the object. Generally, there will be one instructor for each 2 students.

are: Stan Townsend, Guy Timmons, Al Merriman, Almeta Robertson, Denis Nelson, Brad Glock, Jerry Robertson, Bruce Holden, Russell Green, Steve Koenig, Max Dunigan, and Dee Baxter. Cumulative this group has more than 200 years of wood turning experience. From time to time other instructors may be added to this list.

Class Details

6 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association

* TBD 

CEUs : 2.4



Registration Closes On
Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
7/12/2018 - 8/16/2018 Weekly - Thu 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tulsa, Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association  Map * TBD  ClassRoom