Lathe Turning with Cork

October 14 - October 15, 2023

Lathe Turning with Cork


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $135

This class will explore the exciting potential of using cork in the wood studio, specifically lathe turning and band saws as rapid form generators. Because cork is such a forgiving and easy material to use, beginners will find it ideal to learn basic techniques of band saw usage and bowl turning on the lathe. More advanced participants will be able to explore new textures and forms that are achievable in a unique material. A basic presentation into the nature of cork will be given to kick off the class, as well as an introductory demonstration for those that need it on the lathe and the bandsaw. Everyone will leave the course with a cork vessel or small piece of furniture.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

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



Daniel Michalik

Daniel is a designer and design educator with a furniture and product design studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His work focuses on researching and expanding overlooked materials to create objects that explore the intersections of material, culture and manufacturing. He focuses on unlocking the secrets of cork, an engaging material with vast implications for healthier perspectives on design, agriculture and manufacturing. Cork is a sustainable material, regenerating every 9 years for harvest. The Portuguese regions of cork production hold centuries-old farming and manufacturing traditions that can teach us how objects can be made more responsibly. Objects reflect a love for the origin and context of material, exploring the deepest potentials of cork as an unusual natural material, allowing it to perform in new ways, and as no other material can. Material experiments evolve into products that engage form, color and function. Daniel’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Dwell, Sight Unseen, Dezeen, Phaidon Books, I.D., Wallpaper*, Interior Design and American Craft, and he has collaborated with clients including Google, Reddymade and Nike. He is Professor of Product and Industrial Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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