Bowl Turning Skills - Hands On Class

  • 02 Feb 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Multnomah Arts Center - Cottage 5
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Bowl Turning Skills

Date:  February 2nd, Friday
Location:  Cottage 5, Multnomah Arts Center
Time:  9am-4pm
Cost:  $150 (includes materials)

Instructor:  Ashley Harwood

Description:  Join Ashley as she offers a solid one day course in bowl turning methods.  This class is primarily about technique...technique that produces repeatable results. The aim is to build skills rather than create a masterpiece.  This is a hands on experience with Ashley demonstrating, then you doing it and her giving you corrective instruction.  A number of NWWT members have taken her class over the years and vouch for her teaching skills.  Ashley will focus on sharpening, cutting a tenon properly to mount the wood blank on a chuck, roughing the piece and doing the finish cuts.  She will address the Seven Fundamentals of the "Perfect Cut": lathe speed, body stance, tool rest placement, chucking, sharpening, grain orientation, and technique.

Finally, she will teach you how to jam chuck a bowl for the reverse turning. Through improving technique, the quality of the cut can become nearly flawless, requiring minimal sanding, and the turning experience is more enjoyable. Advanced and beginner woodturners can benefit from honing their techniques to achieve a better cut! Be prepared to make a lot of shavings!

Here is what our local bowl turning guru, Dale Larson, recently told me about Ashley:

I have one of Ashley Harwood's bowls in my collection.  It is beautiful.  I think it is important to be exposed to different ways of turning.  I learned a little from Richard Raffan, Ray Keys, John Jordan, Mike Mahoney and many others.  Then I developed my own style and ways that work for me.   Ashley offers an approach to woodturning that is unique.  She understands wood grain and how to use the tools.  She uses tools and tool grinds that work for her.  She is a good teacher.  You will be able to pick up some pointers and methods that will make your life easier in the shop.    

Several other Club members have taken from Ashley on her previous visits and all, including myself, recommend her instruction.

For those who sign up, more information will be provided to prepare you for this class regarding wood to bring, tools needed and other information.  


  • Bring your safety equipment - eye protection, dust protection and ear protection.
  • Bring your turning tools labeled with your name on them.
  • There will be a mid day lunch break.

Address:  NWWT, 10190 SW Washington St, Portland, Or 97225
NWWT is a 501 (c)3 Organization

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