Intro to Bowl Turning


Intro to Bowl Turning

Make two bowls as you build woodturning skills and learn some special techniques and insights needed for this craft.

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 7/25/2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  2. Thur, 7/27/2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tue, 7/25/2023 - Thur, 7/27/2023

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio



Turn two green-wood bowls (using green wood for blanks being the best - and most fun - way to hone your bowl-turning skills), working on smooth and efficient cuts, to create two bowls six to seven inches in diameter. In the first session, you learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount the blank on the lathe, and how to use a scroll chuck and bowl gouge. You also learn how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries. In the second session, in addition to turning a second bowl, you learn the basics of balancing grain and which Northwest woods are best for turning.

By successfully completing these two sessions and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be qualified to turn bowls of this size independently during open studio in the Woodworking Studio. You will be provided with a third bowl blank to turn during open studio. 

While this class is oriented to novice turners, it also is appropriate and useful for experienced turners who have predominantly used scrapers and wish to acquire or improve their gouge skills.


Open to students who have taken Intro to Woodturning and practiced their skills, or demonstrated equivalent lathe safety and turning skills during a private studio session, which you can arrange by contacting Jamie Straw, (360) 551-9233, at least 10 days before this class.

Students must also have completed  Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1, and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar. Please login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you will have completed the required prerequisites before this class begins.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome. 

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jamie Straw

Jamie has been turning wood for many years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning program. She is a past vice president for education and training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.

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