Shaping Wood: Exploring Techniques for Hand and Machine

August 25 - August 29, 2023

Shaping Wood: Exploring Techniques for Hand and Machine


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $110

Discover how to transform wood into an array of useful objects such as spoons, spatulas, spreaders, honey dippers, rolling pins and more. Exploring traditional and contemporary techniques, you will learn how to select, split, chop, mill, saw, carve, smooth, turn, and otherwise shape wood, both dry and green, into functional, beautiful pieces. The woodturning segment of the class will thoroughly cover the fundamental aspects of working on the lathe, starting with turning between centers and progressing as time allows. Options for surface embellishment and various finishing materials/techniques will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the class.

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



Douglas Finkel

Douglas Finkel has been a woodworking artist and teacher for over thirty years. His work can be found in numerous collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Center for Art in Wood. Doug ran the middle school woodworking program at St. Paul’s School in MD, and served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been a resident artist with the Windgate International Turning Exchange, organized by the Center for Art in Wood. His woodworking includes furniture, turning, carving, traditional green woodworking, and wooden flutes.

Robert F. Lyon

Robert F. Lyon received his BA in Studio Art from The College of New Jersey in Trenton and then an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He has taught ceramics, glass and sculpture at the School of Art at Louisiana State University before being named Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina where in 2002 he rejoined the faculty to teach sculpture. Robert has been the recipient of many awards and grants, including a N.E.A. Visual Artists Fellowship, a Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and a Project Grant from the Southeastern College Art Conference. Lyon has been an artist-in-residence at Artpark & Sculpture Space, Inc. in NY, The Banff Center in Canada, the Kohler Company in WI, and the International Turning Exchange in PA. His work has been featured at the Center for Art in Wood, Momentum Gallery, Vero Beach Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and the Columbia Museum of Art. In 2015 Robert Lyon retired from his university teaching position and is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina and full-time studio artist.

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