Bowl Turning: Developing Fine Form & Technique at the Lathe

June 14 - June 18, 2024

Bowl Turning: Developing Fine Form & Technique at the Lathe


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $85

Come learn to design, turn, and finish well conceived and executed vessels on the lathe for either utility or display. Matt will introduce you to some of his most effective nuances of approach in cutting side & end grain based on his formative years training and spent as a professional trade turner & accessories maker for ShackletonThomas Furniture. You will learn how the usage of well shaped and properly sharpened tools with correct body mechanics & ergonomics are very important to the intent of producing consistent, exceptional results and that both simple & advanced tool modifications can greatly improve the overall cleanliness of surfaces cut straight off the tool — which drastically reduce sanding, and aid in surfaces to then be prepped to develop a fine finish for beautifully completed projects.

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


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Matt Monaco

Matt Monaco operates a full-time woodturning studio in the Ozark region of Missouri, making dedicated collections, signature series vessels, lidded containers, and spindle-turned items for industries of craft, interior design, and the high-end furniture trade. Matt is a Fine Woodworking Contributor & Ambassador, and is supportive of U.S. craft organizations & environments that carry desire to further integrate woodturning into wider demographics, and wish to see the craft thrive into the future.
As a full-time professional turner with 20-years experience, one of Matt’s missions is to make the highest quality products, that reflect both the mastery of the tools, and the functionality & timeless beauty of wooden decor in others’ lives. Matt is one of very few young modern traditional woodturners in America having apprenticed & trained as a trade professional, and has worked closely within a high-end furniture production landscape — Shackleton Thomas Furniture & Pottery as a full-time maker/item producer.
At center of Matt’s work is his understanding & mastery of tool control, sharpening and cutting execution as an expression of traditionally crafted design as fine art — in producing forms & items that are made to be as tactile as they are sublime, and created with intent & purpose.
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