I enjoy sharing all that I have learned from the masters in the woodturning field. There has been high demand for me to teach my skills all around the country. I’ve been invited regularly to teach at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Brookfield Turning Center in Brookfield, Connecticutt and the Appliachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee. I’ve demonstrated at American Association of Woodturners symposiums, Provo Symposiums and regional and local venues around the United States and Canada. I teach workshops in my studio in Traverse City, Michigan regularly for Foundations and Advanced techniques.
I have two elements to my teaching: one is demonstrating my talents and abilities and second is a hands-on class to teach skills. First, the demonstrations range from 2 hours for a club meeting to a 2 day demonstration for a state or regional group. I also demonstrate at multi-day symposiums. The “Two Day Workshop Outline” is the foundation of this type of instruction. The hands-on class is more exciting and rewarding. I teach one-on-one instruction in a student’s shop or in my studio in Traverse City, Michigan. I also frequently teach three students at a time in my Traverse City location. Hands-on classes are also held at club locations in conjunction with demonstrations. The number of students in those type of classes varies from 5 to 15 per class. Throughout the last 10 years I have been on a quest to learn the techniques and skills necessary to take turning to new levels. Many teachers have generously given me their tricks and techniques in all phases of turning, but I needed to know the “why”. Sometimes when asking “why” I got the answer, “Because that’s the way it’s been done.” That was not good enough and I set out to figure out the dynamics of turning. Once you understand why a technique works well or why catches happen, then you can open up a whole new avenue of creativity never tapped before. Get in control, remove the fear, let the creativity flow, and have more fun at the lathe. Students can take their abilities to new levels. Once you know the “why,” you have the option of turning what you want and not just copying the “how” others are using. My teaching is process oriented not project oriented.
The techniques that I teach now incorporate lessons from all the educators that I have learned from. I have picked the easiest methods to use and teach my philosophy to do it the easy way. I’m into easy! I don’t like to work hard and I don’t like to sand. The need to sand is an indication of poor tool technique. It is not necessary to sand with course grit sandpaper. The efficient, controlled tool cuts that I teach are paramount to enjoying woodturning. That’s the bottom line…turning is fun!
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Part one is the outside planning the shape and design options. I show my thought process to create the best possible use of the white birch root burl.
Part two shows hollowing techniques with boring and laser measuring use.
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