Intro to Woodturning


Intro to Woodturning

Meeting Times
  1. 09/19/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. 09/20/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  3. 09/22/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

9/19/2023 - 9/22/2023


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Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio



In this beginner-level class, you will start a small project and complete it if time permits.

  • Session 1: Learn about woodturning safety, bevel contact, and gouge technique with a focus on good body mechanics — all important to building a foundation to launch turning skills. Use the spindle roughing gouge during most of the class, then get an introduction to the regular (“fingernail”) spindle gouge.
  • Session 2: Review the earlier lesson, and then focus on the spindle gouge and parting tool as you learn new mechanics for turning beads and coves. Toward the end of class, learn how a scroll chuck and tenon work.
  • Session 3: Increase the precision of your turning technique by making a small project such as a honey dipper, finial, spinning top, or goblet, with your own design elements. Use a scroll chuck, a Jacobs chuck, and a Forstner bit. 

Completing this class clears you to use the wood lathes for spindle turning during open studio. While you also will be eligible to take a bowl-turning class, it is strongly suggested you spend time turning in open studio a few times before you enroll in a bowl class.


You must first complete Orientation to the Woodshop.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome. 

  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jamie Straw

Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several 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 classes. She is 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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