Lathe-Based Wood Sculpture

August 27 - August 31, 2021

Lathe-Based Wood Sculpture


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $60

Jump into this free form exploration of unorthodox carving techniques with the structure focused on understanding various shaping processes. You can expect to use (or learn to use) multi-axis turning, with other tools such as angle grinders, rotary carvers, carving chainsaws, airbrushes and propane torches. Expect to learn many techniques that are not taught nearly anywhere else, where rules are broken in careful ways to achieve novel and exciting shapes and designs.

Expect to turn animals, flowers, or any other thing described with a unique visual language of circles and arcs. All levels are welcome, but experience with drawing, turning, or other dexterous hand skills is advised.

Level: 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


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Derek Weidman

Derek Weidman, a full time sculptor, was born in 1982 and lives in rural Pennsylvania close to Philadelphia. He has spent nearly two decades working with wood and a decade almost exclusively exploring the sculptural capabilities of a wood lathe. He is known primarily for innovating and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis work, expressed in his Animal series which reside in some public collections and museums, and many private collections around the world. In the woodturning field, he is the consummate rule breaker.

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