Woodturning Classes with Alaska Woodturners Association

Alaska Woodturners Association holds several classes each year. Students must be a current member-in-good-standing to take the classes.

When a woodturner has completed the Beginning Woodturning and 301-302 Woodturning classes, they are able to enroll in the hands-on classes with the master turners in January. To learn more about those classes, please visit our Hands-On Classes with Master turners web page.

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Beginning Woodturning Classes (Set of 4)

Class size is limited to 10 students.

Students are not required to bring any tools. The club will provide lathes, tools, safety glasses or face shields, and wood to turn. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or a little wet. No loose hair, jewelry or floppy or loose clothing around your arms and upper body. A sweatshirt or jacket usually works fine. If you wish to bring your own tools or other equipment, please do so. Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant will sign a Release of Any Claims against the Association and its agents for injury or death or property damage arising from the classes.

There are no classes scheduled at this time.

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Students do not need to bring tools or safety equipment, but are welcome to if they wish.

This is a set of four classes for the cost of the tuition.

Class size is limited
to 10 students.

Tuition is $100. Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association.

Please note: You must pay the tuition to be placed in the class.

Minimum of 8 students required or class will be cancelled. Contact Bob Flint at 907-337-3189 or bobflint47@gmail.com to register or to answer any questions.

Turning 101

Woodturning Basics, Safety Overview, Spindle Turning

Learn the basics of the lathe, get an overview on safety, learn to use the basic tools used in spindle turning.

Turning 102

Green Bowl Turning

Learn how to take a log from a fresh cut tree and turn it into a thick bowl to allow the wood to dry with as little cracking and splitting as possible. The finished product is called a "rough bowl blank". Students also learn about methods used to dry green wood.  Students are introduced to the bowl gouge and what the different grinds allow the woodturner to accomplish.

Turning 201

Spindle Candlestick and possibly mallets.

Learn how to use a template to create multiple items as similar as possible.  Students will turn a candlestick using a template.  If time allows, student may also turn a handy shop mallet.

Turning 202

Sanding and Finishing A Bowl On The Lathe

Learn how to take a rough bowl blank that has dried and turn a beautiful finished bowl, including how to sand the bowl on the lathe and what finishes can be used for bowls.

 

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Additional Classes/Workshops

  • You must have completed the Beginning Woodturning Classes or otherwise gain permission from the teacher before taking any other classes.
  • A signed Release of Liability is required and will be available at the class.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Class location is on the hillside in Anchorage. Directions will be supplied to those who sign up and pay tuition for the classes.
  • Please bring your own tools. You may borrow a club tool if needed.
  • Classes are limited to 10 students.
  • Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association.

 

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There are no classes scheduled

at this time.

Turning 301

Useful Off-Centered (oval) tool handle

In this class, you will learn basic off-center turning skills to create an oval tool handle, with which you will fit with a 3/8" steel bar and grind into a very useful cutting tool. Options include beading tool, round nose scraper, and square nose scraper

With this technique, many unique items can be made.

The tools necessary are a roughing gouge, spindle gouge, vernier calipers, skew chisel, and face shield. The club does not have enough calipers, so bring yours if you can. If you don't have all of the tools, please talk to Bob to see if the club can provide them.


There are no classes scheduled

at this time.

Turning 302

Small Cylinder Box with Friction-Fit Lid
In this class, you will learn the techniques of creating a friction-fit lidded box. Master this technique and you are prepared to create an array of items.

The tools necessary are a roughing gouge, spindle gouge (1/4", 3/8", or1/2"), skew chisel or beading tool, 3/4" or smaller scraper, parting tool, and a face shield. If you have calipers, please bring yours if you can. If you don't have all of the tools, please talk to Bob to see if the club can provide them.

There are no classes scheduled

at this time.

 

Pen Turning Class

Basics of Pen Turning
You will receive the supplies needed and create your own unique completed pen in one evening. Instructed by Richard Raynor and Blacky.

There are no classes scheduled

at this time.

Class size is limited
to 10 students.

Students should bring their own tools to sharpen.

Tuition is $40. Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association.

 

Minimum of 8 students required or class will be cancelled. Contact Bob Flint at 907-337-3189 or bobflint47@gmail.com to register or answer any questions.

Tool Sharpening

Sharp tools are must for trouble-free work.
Bring your own tools and learn hands-on on how to sharpen them correctly.

There are no classes scheduled

at this time.

Class size is limited
to 10 students.

Students should bring their own tools:
4 Forsner bits (15/16", 1 1/16", 1 9/16", 1 3/4"),
6" drill extension, and a
Jacobs chuck.
See links page for tool sources.

Tuition is $75. Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association, and have completed the basic class or have an equivalent skill level.

 

Minimum of 8 students required or class will be cancelled. Contact Bob Flint at 907-337-3189 or bobflint47@gmail.com to register or answer any questions.

Pepper/Salt Mill

Learn to make a Pepper or Salt mill.
In this class you will learn how to turn and drill a crush grinder mill. These are great for gifts. While the club has some bits and chucks, the students are encouraged to bring their own.

Next class is December 9, 2017
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Class size is limited
to 10 students.

Students should bring their own bowl turning tools.
Chucks and drives will be provided.
See links page for tool sources.

Tuition is $50. Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association, and have completed the basic class or have an equivalent skill level.

 

Minimum of 8 students required or class will be cancelled. Contact Bob Flint at 907-337-3189 or bobflint47@gmail.com to register or answer any questions.

Bowl Turning

Learn and practice making a Bowl.
The class participants will turn a green bowl and work on finishing previously rough turned bowls. Students should bring their own bowl turning tools (if you do not have them or are short you can use the club’s tools). Chucks and drives will be provided. Students must be current club members and have taken the AWA basic class or have equal training.

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