Turnings for the Table


Turnings for the Table

Gear up for the holidays by creating two items — choose from a list of nine possibilities — and learn how to use a Ruth Niles mandrel.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 12/5/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. Wed, 12/6/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tue, 12/5/2023 - Wed, 12/6/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

Woodturning, Holiday Gifts


In 2005, a woman named Ruth Niles brought her mandrel system and top-quality hardware to the woodturning world, and inadvertently revolutionized the bottle stopper industry for artists and makers around the world! Now woodturning catalogs provide a vast array of hardware for dining accessories and kitchen tools. 
Niles’ system serves as an excellent approach for efficiently turning and assembling project kits. In this class, you’ll select your hardware and then, from a variety of woods, choose what you’d like for the handle.

During the first session, you’ll create a design and learn how to use a Ruth Niles mandrel to mount stock on the lathe. You’ll turn and sand your project, and select a finish. During the second session, you’ll complete the first project, turn and sand your second project, apply finish, buff both, then mount the hardware. If you need more time to complete these steps, the instructor can help you during open studio.


You will choose two of these items to make:

  • High-quality pizza cutter
  • Sleek, stainless steel bottle opener
  • Micro plane zester (fine grater)
  • Elegant pie knife
  • Cheese slicer
  • Bottle stopper (wine, liquor or oil/vinegar)
  • Pig-tail food flipper
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Coffee scoop


  • A materials fee of $35, included in the price of the class, covers up to $30 for wood and hardware, plus $5 for consumables.
  • Depending on what you choose for wood and hardware, your cost may be more. You can pay the difference to the instructor during class.


Class Policies

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

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email accessibility@bainbridgebarn.org to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

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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