Intro to Bowl Turning


Intro to Bowl Turning

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 10/9/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. Tue, 10/10/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mon, 10/9/2023 - Tue, 10/10/2023

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio



Turn two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter using green wood — the easiest and most fun way to hone bowl-turning skills.

Session 1: Learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount a blank on the lathe, and how to use a scroll chuck and bowl gouge for smooth and efficient cuts. Learn how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries.

Session 2: Turn a second bowl. 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.


You must have taken Intro to Woodturning and practiced the 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.

You must also have completed  Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1, and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2.

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 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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