Intro to Bowl Turning


Intro to Bowl Turning

Hone your skills and create two bowls, getting a third blank to turn during an open studio.


$257.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$325.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 7/27/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Sun, 7/28/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 7/27/2024 - Sun, 7/28/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio



Important Notice: Students must have completed the prerequisites listed below.

In this class you will 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'll 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.


$30 Materials Fee


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

  • 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 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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