Split Turning

August 2 - August 6, 2024

Split Turning


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $100

Are you looking to elevate your woodturning skills to the next level? Come explore the art Split- Turning by designing, turning, and splitting wood pieces on the lathe. Whether you have done just a bit of turning or are an experienced woodworker, this class is designed to enhance your abilities. In this class, you will gain expertise in milling lumber and preparing blanks for split-turning, in addition to honing your fundamental turning skills. These techniques will empower you to craft both functional and sculptural objects of beauty and utility. Join us for an exciting and inclusive experience where you can expand the boundaries of your woodturning practice!

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

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



Vivian Chiu

Vivian Chiu (b. 1989)  was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA ’11 Furniture Design) and Columbia University (MFA ’19 Sculpture). With an aptitude for problem solving, Vivian creates optical sculptures out of materials such as wood and photography that attempt to formalize coincidental happenings in repetitive labor intensive processes. Vivian has attended residencies such as Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sculpture Space, Haystack Mountain School, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and the Museum for Art in Wood. She was awarded a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture and the 2023-24 VMFA Fellowship. She is currently part of the 2022 American Craft Council Emerging Artists Cohort. Vivian currently lives and works in Richmond, VA.

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