Wood for Turners


Wood for Turners

Learn how to find, judge, and prepare wood for different turning projects to ensure success.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 10/21/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 10/21/2023


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All Levels, Class

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio



Perhaps the most common question woodturners are asked by people new to the craft is: "Where do you get your wood for turning?"

Learn not only where to find or buy wood, but also how to evaluate wood for different projects — how to cut, preserve, and store it (if it is green); how to lay out bowls, vessels, and spindles on your stock to ensure good project success; and how to maximize the yield from your wood. Much of the wood local turners use is free “found” or “fallen” wood, and there are many details to learn about how, when, and where to obtain these treasures.

Woodturners use bandsaws to prepare much of their stock, and are often challenged by irregular pieces of wood that require special safety tactics. In this class you will learn how to determine which approach you should use for a particular piece of wood, be it a log, burl, or a piece of spindle stock.


  • You are welcome to bring one or two pieces of wood you want to evaluate for turning stock.
  • Students who have taken Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 will gain hands-on experience cutting turning stock on one of the studio’s bandsaws. 


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear safety glasses (bringing your own is recommended), closed-toe shoes, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. Tie back long hair.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jamie Straw

Jamie 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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