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 5)

AWA is offering a basic woodturning series beginning January 14, 2020. The class is open to all current AWA members and will be filled on a first come basis. The series is spread over 5 weeks (1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11). It starts with the basics about the lathe and safety, then moves to spindle turning, tool sharpening and bowl turning. Cost for the class is $125. The class begin at 6 PM and runs to 9 PM. There are 10 slots in this class. If we fill this class and have enough interest in a second class, it will be offered starting January 15th. There are a number of steps you will need to take to join this class:

  • Students must be a current member of Alaska Woodturners Association.
  • You must email Bob Flint at bobflint47@gmail.com stating you want to take the class.
  • Bob will confirm to you by email and will send a billing sent to you (at this point you will be on the tentative class list pending payment of class fees and membership verification. You will remain on this list for 5 days following the sending of the billing).
  • On receipt of the class fees and membership verification you will be added to the class roster and Bob will send you and email confirmation.
  • 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.

     

    Date/Time Class Title Class Description


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    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    Tool Sharpening

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

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    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.

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    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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