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Bowl Turning Intermediate Class - Q4-2022

  • 15 Oct 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
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Bowl Turning Intermediate Class

Saturday, October 15, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm

Dave Wood's Shop
24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.

Requirements and general information

  • Proof of Vaccination is required
  • Students must be members of NWWT
  • Class will be limited to 6 students - one per lathe
  • Instructors are experienced NWWT members
  • 3 Sharpening systems will be available
  • All wood will be supplied
  • Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection)
  • Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
  • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please do not register or if you have symptoms on the day of the class, please let us know and a full refund will be sent.

Course Objectives:  

The primary objective of this course is to refine your skills in the finer details of bowl turning and advance you to the next level of expertise. You should already know how to mount and turn a bowl inside and out with reasonable efficiency. If you have not yet developed these skills, please do not register for this course. 

Each student should complete two bowls in class, not including sanding and finish application. All wood will be supplied.

Prerequisite Skills

  • Efficient ability to prepare and mount a bowl blank between centers and in a chuck using a tenon or a recess
  • Efficient ability to shape the outside and inside of a bowl
  • Basic sharpening skills for a bowl gouge and a scraper
  • Ability to complete a basic bowl except for sanding and applying finish



  • Tune-up/sharpen tools for the class with help from the staff.
  • Presentation on advanced design and form concepts, shape, rims, bottoms
  • Review of bowl gouge grinds: 40/40, traditional (50°), bottom (65°-75°), Ellsworth, etc
  • Mounting options: when to use a tenon or recess
  • Turn a “once-turned” bowl through the finish-cutting stage with a green blank

Lunch Hour:  Additional Demonstrations and Q&A session during lunch


  • Turn a roughed and dried bowl blank supplied (or bring your own) to the point of final scraping:
  • Learn methods for truing warped tenon or recess for re-mounting
  • Learn methods of cutting thinner wall thickness
  • Learn methods of scraping thin-walled bowls
  • Sanding and finish application if time permits

Tools to bring

  • Bowl gouge(s) – ½” or 5/8” are good sizes. If you have several with different grinds, bring them all.
  • Bowl scraper – left hand French curve style is ideal for inside, but a round-nose also works
  • Parting tool or skew for fine-tuning tenons/recesses

Northwest Woodturners
PO Box 1157
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

 Northwest Woodturners is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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