I’ve been developing a curriculum for a wood turning class and we ran our prototype for the class last weekend.
Both participants finished the project and walked away with a useful object! They gave me some excellent notes, and I’m refining the class based on what I learned.
The next class is on November 2nd, but it has already full. Between the small class sizes (two people) and the initial interest, I figured I’d start a sign-up list here so I can make sure I get everyone in a fair method.
About the Class
This is a basic introduction to wood turning. I am not an expert woodturner, just an interested and excited novice that has turned a few things.
In this class, you will learn the basics of the lathe itself, and how to safely operate the lathe with a couple tools (we will not be going over every common tool profile, but if you have a specific tool you’d like to learn I can adapt the lesson to try to include it). You will also learn how to plan out operations so that you can order your cuts in a way that makes sense for your project.
This is a 3 hour class that will take you from never having touched a lathe to a completed form. Currently the project is a wood-turned lidded box (yes, boxes can be round). I use mine as a salt vault (used to hold salt for cooking, making it easy to grab a ‘pinch’ of salt).
I charge $10 for the class to cover materials. If material costs change, I will update the cost to reflect it (likely only down, as the wood I’m purchasing can probably be found cheaper than my current source). I aim to charge only the cost of materials (in the class, we will be turning some black walnut).
I’d like to take this list serially, but if there’s any reason you need to be prioritized, please also include that in your reply (for example, needing to learn to turn something to be included in an event that is approaching). I hope to keep up a cadence of 1 class every 2 weeks until I can’t fill the class (minus any vacations/work trips I need to take).