The listing below is for some of my most commonly requested instruction programs, however I am happy to share any and all knowledge about turning technique, the processes I use, the projects that I create, as well as design considerations and my artistic philosophy.
Any of my demonstration topics can be presented as a hands-on course. E-mail or call me about designing a custom class/workshop for your group. Click here to download/print this list in text format (PDF 82kB).
Crochet Hook Master Class
Description: Bring home a crochet hook the crocheters in your life will LOVE! Students will learn all the ins and outs of creating beautiful and functional tools: excellent turning technique, wood selection, and all the invaluable tips & tricks from professional woodturner/crochet hook-maker Katherine Kowalski. Please bring your 3/8" spindle gouge and spindle roughing gouge if you have one. (8 hours).
Introduction to Woodturning - Spindlework Intensive
Description:Begin your journey into woodturning by learning to create functional and decorative spindlework. Students will learn excellent turning technique, both free-hand and jig- grinding/sharpening methods to keep tools in top shape, safety instruction, as well tips & tricks from professional woodturner & instructor Katherine Kowalski. Projects include practice blocks, and a toy play set for children or grandchildren to take home. Please bring your 3/8" spindle gouge if you have one. (8 hours).
Intro to Woodturning - Bowls Intensive
Description:Whether you are a raw beginner or have been turning for a while, tune up your technique in this beginning bowl class. Students will learn excellent turning technique, both free-hand and jig- grinding/sharpening methods to keep tools in top shape, safety instruction, as well tips & tricks from professional woodturner & instructor Katherine Kowalski. Design options and aesthetics will also be discussed, as well as green wood drying information. Each student will take home their very own hand-turned bowl! Please bring your 3/8" bowl gouge if you have one. (8 hours).
Advance your Woodturning - Goblets Intensive
Description: If you are ready to take your turning skills to the next level and explore a new form, goblets are a fantastic place to start! Students will learn chucking techniques, how to hollow using common tools, excellent turning technique, as well as tips & tricks from professional woodturner & instructor Katherine Kowalski. Design and form will be heavily discussed and emphasized, as well as introduction of decoration possibilities. Students will come home with a completed goblet. (Please note, this is an intermediate-level course -- woodturning experience is required.) Please bring your 3/8" and 1/2" spindle gouges if you have them. (8 hours).
Description: Various techniques used for hollowing will be demonstrated, discussed, and used by the students. Captured bar and hand-held systems will be compared with using simple scrapers and spindle gouges. Students will learn the differences between end-grain, side-grain, and burl hollowing, as well as explore design considerations for hollow forms. (1-5 days) Students should be “Intermediate” level or above, (have done some spindle- or faceplate work previously).
Description: Explore one of the most enjoyable, yet challenging projects in woodturning: the box. Students will turn a box, learning about what makes a good design, as well as the technical aspects of box construction, hollowing, and lid fitting. Precise turning techniques will be demonstrated, as well as tips and tricks to bring your box turning to the next level. (1-2 days) Students should be “Intermediate” level or above.
Grinding & Sharpening
Description: Knowing how to grind and sharpen tools is critical to producing a fine finish on your work. Platform & jig grinding are fast and efficient ways of creating extremely accurate grinds on all woodturning tools. Gouges, skews, parting tools, scrapers, and all manner of exotic tools can easily be sharpened using these simple approaches. Bevel & wing sweep grinding angles, negative rake, types of tool steel and efficacy are all discussed. Students strongly encouraged to bring their own tools to grind. Recommended to have at least two grinders with Wolverine setups available in the classroom. (Half to 1 day)
Colorwork: Theory, Technique & Tuning
Description: One of my specialties, the three “T’s” of Colorwork, is an intensive workshop exploring the use of color in design, specifically applied to woodturning. Dyes, airbrush, added materials, pyrography, etc. can all be used to change the color of the wood – the key is knowing what to change, and where you are going… Various palettes, methods, and techniques will be discussed and exercises created to stimulate the creativity and natural instincts about color that we all are born with. (2-3 days) (May be combined with a design topic)
Form, Function, and Art
Description: Can you “tell,” just by looking, the function of a piece? Is it art or for use? Where is that dividing line? (Is there one?) Students explore the world of form and design by creating simple turnings to discover what “works” and what doesn’t. Both utility and art pieces will be discussed, and students will learn to observe and appreciate the details that go into successful form. (1-3 days).