Exploring Turned Bowls & Boxes

July 2 - July 6, 2021

Exploring Turned Bowls & Boxes


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $75

Explore in depth, two popular turned items: bowls and boxes. Learn how applying tool handling techniques and design concepts can yield immediate improvements to your work. You will discover how one turning can serve as the inspiration for the next; leading to almost endless possibilities. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, this course will help you overcome them. You can expect to leave with several well turned bowl forms and lidded boxes, and will have the ability to critique your own pieces as a means of constantly improving the work you produce.

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Keith Tompkins

Keith Tompkins is an inventor, a motorcyclist, an accomplished woodworker, and most of all, a woodturner. His turning career has taken him as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand, and across most of the U.S., Keith’s goal as a turner is to make his work uniquely his, based on his own tastes, imagination, and life experiences (Even his bottle-stoppers are immediately recognized as his signature work.) This approach seems to have worked; as Keith’s work has been sold world-wide, and has been showcased in over fifty publications. He approaches his teaching in the same manner; his goal is to help students become better turners; he believes improvements in student’s work can be immediate; it does not have to take years of trial and error methods. Keith enjoys showing how even the smallest detail change or design element can make a huge improvement in a student’s work.