Teaching Schedule Autumn 2019

I’m looking forward to my upcoming classes in Ontario (Lee Valley Tools stores) and Maine at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The full schedule is listed below, with links to the seminars, for any interested in joining me in the Lee Valley stores mentioned (August/Sept) or at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, September, 2019. (below).

Lee Valley Seminar Locations:

Turned,textured and dyed box made from walnut. Lee Valley courses in various locations in Ontario, August -September, 2019

This workshop will introduce you to turned box-making skills combining spindle and end-grain turning. It will also encompass preparation of materials and tools, turning techniques for round boxes with fitted lids, and finishing. Different techniques in surface decoration will also be demonstrated and practiced, with the aim of producing a box similar to the photo above. All tools and materials provided. Skill level recommended: intermediate.

Center For Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine, USA Sept 23-27

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine, course date September 23-27, 2019

“This is an opportunity to strengthen your woodturning skills and explore new aspects of surface decoration by making exquisite lidded containers. Students practice both spindle and end-grain turning with small-scale gouges, chisels, scrapers, and parting tools. Steven offers instruction in the preparation of materials and tools, techniques for turning round boxes with fitted lids, decorative use of multiple wood species, surface texturing with flexible-shaft grinders, and finishing. Open to intermediate turners.”

Getting ready to demonstrate at the New Zealand Woodturning symposium

It’s always exciting to go to a Woodturning Symposium as a demonstrator, with the buzz that builds up around the trip. I like to take some work with me, something new if I can, so you see me here sanding the body of a new box before attaching theĀ finial. I leave for New Zealand on the 25th of this month. Not long now before I go. If you are there, stop by to see it and say hello.

Steven sanding a new box to take to New Zealand- Ellie Kennard 2016
Steven sanding a new box to take to New Zealand for the Symposium- Ellie Kennard 2016

While Ellie was taking the above photograph I moved aside and she spotted my latest student watching sanding techniques from an unusual angle, under the lathe. Joni has recently become obsessed with woodturning, as do so many once they are introduced to it.

My most attentive student - Photo by Ellie Kennard 2016
My most attentive student – Photo by Ellie Kennard 2016