Turning Elegant Enclosed Forms

July 29 - August 2, 2022

Turning Elegant Enclosed Forms


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $65

Come learn to express the joy of creating, shaping, and making enclosed, elegant vessels using the lathe, and how this also translates to the development of finesse, greater technique, and skill building with a diverse range of woodturning tools. Matt will lead you on a journey to discover how specific tool applications in creating enclosed forms can be approached, executed, and how to develop a sense of etiquette & method to produce higher quality work. We will explore the difference between fact and opinion in woodturning with the purpose of steering individual progress and growth towards a more natural, fluid sensibility and understanding of the tools. This will allow for the development of greater overall confidence as a maker. The focus will be on gaining basic foundations for understanding what good technique is, the importance of developing fine tool control & proper body mechanics at the lathe, the importance of properly shaped and sharpened tools, and most importantly the knowledge of how to practice for the best results. You will leave knowing how to develop your own eye for creating an array of beautifully enclosed vessels and realize the importance in knowing how shape, contour, and grain orientation affects specific tool application.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day

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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Matt Monaco

Matt Monaco operates a full time woodturning studio in the southwest region of Missouri, where he makes dedicated collections, signature series vessels & lidded containers for the fine craft, interior design and high end furniture industry – using both woods from the Ozark Mountain Range & select exotic species. His early training includes a close understudy in both assisting & developing professionally with some of the craft’s early pioneers, and in product & vision development as an item/piece maker for ShackletonThomas Furniture; creating bowls of varying design, platters, lidded containers, & drafted items. Matt is a Fine Woodworking Contributor.

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