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Spindle Turning Intermediate Class - Q4-2022

  • 16 Oct 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
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Spindle Turning Intermediate Class

Sunday, October 16, 2022

8:30am - 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 Objective
The primary objective of this course is to teach additional spindle turning skills, beyond the basic skills, for use across a wide range of spindle forms.  Each student will cut 2 to 3 spindle projects during the day.

Prerequisite Skills:  If you have not developed the skills described below, please do not register for this course.

  • Students coming to this class need to already have the skill to efficiently use a rouging gouge, spindle gouge, and parting tool.
  • Students coming to this class need to already have the skills to efficiently cut beads and coves.



  • Sharpen all tools used for the class with help from instruction staff.
  • Introduction to the Skew chisel
  • Students cut beads and coves using a spindle gouge
  • Students complete one simple spindle project

 Noon Hour – Additional demonstrations and Q&A session during lunch


  • Students select and turn one or two spindle projects from available examples: mallet, dibble, bolero toy, candlestick, etc. Or, use your own idea as long as it is doable in an hour.
  • The final two hours are devoted to integrating each participant’s skill set by completing a project(s) suited to the participant’s skill level and interests. Possible projects include a bud vase, tool handles, a decorative finial, legs for stools and benches, all of which make good departure points for learning other skills and making other projects.

Tools you need to bring

  • Spindle Roughing Gouge 1” or larger is ideal.  ¾” is ok.
  • Spindle gouge:  ½” or 3/8”.  Bring both if you have them
  • Parting tool: 1/8” diamond profile is very versatile, but thin kerf (1/16”) is also very useful.
  • Skew: 1” or larger

Northwest Woodturners
PO Box 1157
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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

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