Winter/Spring class schedule now available.

Carving for Furniture Makers – Details for Turnings - with Will Neptune

finialThe carved surfaces of turnings and the eye-catching effect of carved patterns are a powerful combination. You see the overall form of the turning and are drawn in by the more complex details of the carving.

This unique class will concentrate on the embellishments and carving that can be done on turned forms. Using simple divisions and repetitive carving patterns can produce a wide range of effects and are easy to adapt to many projects that have parts made on a lathe. Details such as pea ans sausage or gadrooning which appear on straight moldings can also be used on their turned equivalents. Larger scale patterns include spirals for urns or balls, barley twist columns and flames for finials. In this class each student will work on practice turnings to learn the strategies and methods used for these basic forms. You will learn a variety of layout strategies and carving techniques. Demonstration topics will include fixtures for holding turnings, indexing and layout, tool selection and reading the grain direction along with showing how to relate these ideas to more complex examples. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading wood carvers. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)

Section 120112A: Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Tool list will be posted fall 2012


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Hi Bob,

Thank you for a great class. You are a natural born teacher. You made the material concise and easy to understand.



Hi Bob,
Just a quick note to thank you and Will for an excellent experience in the Chapin Class.  I had to be home early and was not able to properly thank  you for the additional time on Sunday.  I have learned a lot in this class as I have in all of your programs.  I’ll see you in the fall.