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Woodturning Basics: The Bowl

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Learn fundamental woodturning techniques as you create one-of-a-kind bowls from start to finish.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Michael Kehs
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Expand your technique toolkit as you learn how to turn a bowl alongside renowned instructor Michael Kehs. Start by choosing the ideal wood and creating your bowl blank. Learn essential tips for safety, setting up your tool rest and maintaining your gouges. Then, see how to mount your blank, make your initial cuts with a bowl gouge, add a tenon and shape the outside of your bowl. Find out how to achieve even walls as you pare away the center wood. Create a custom jam chuck to hold your hollow bowl in place, before sanding to remove tool marks, paring down the tenon, applying an even finish and buffing for a smooth, professional result. Plus, you'll learn to dry and true up a green bowl made from a freshly felled tree. Turn wood into unique vessels that stand out from store-bought!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Getting Started
Meet your instructor, Michael Kehs, and preview the amazing bowls that can be made on a lathe. Then, discover which parts of a tree are ideal for bowl making and venture outdoors with Michael as he harvests the blank for the bowl he shapes in this class.
2. Shop Safety & Tool Sharpening
3. Mounting & Rounding the Blank
4. Hollowing the Bowl & Making a Jam Chuck
5. Drying & Truing Up a Green Bowl
6. Sanding & Finishing the Bottom
7. Applying the Finish

Taught by

Michael Kehs
Michael Kehs
Michael Kehs' interest in woodturning and woodworking can be traced back to building birdhouses with his dad. Today, Michael turns and carves inspired pieces and builds custom furniture. His work can be found in collections from coast to coast, including in the permanent collection of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia. Michael's pieces have also been exhibited in local and national shows, where he has won several Best of Show awards. He also enjoys writing magazine articles about woodcraft as well as teaching at his studio and on Craftsy.

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