Lou's Classes on Turning Artistic Bark Edged Bowls (I will be teaching small private classes unless the pandemic forces cancelation. Contact me if interested.)
I have been teaching wood turning classes through the North House Folk School in Grand Marais for the past 9 years. Over 100 students have taken these and private classes (see photos below from some of these classes). My last North House class ended on August 10, 2019. I have decided to primarily offer only small private classes in the future. These will be one or two day classes for one or two students and will focus on turning bark edged bowls including bowls from burls and other unusual gnarly chunks of wood. Students are encouraged to bring wood they would like to turn. My classes are designed for students who already know how to turn a bowl on a power lathe. This is an important prerequisite! These classes are taught in my shop in Hovland and can be arranged by contacting me. I currently have four lathes: a Powermatic 3520B lathe with a 20" swing over the bed, two Vega bowl lathes (model 2400 and 2600, each with a 25" swing), and a new Stubby S1000 lathe (3 HP motor) with a 44" swing. Private classes can be arranged for any time by mutual agreement. I limit my classes to two students, and prefer working with one. This lets me devote my full attention to the student. It also permits safe social distancing. Please contact me if you need more information about these classes.
I have written a rather detailed document that describes the process of turning bark edged bowls and burls, with information on where to find special turning equipment and supplies. If you are taking my class you should download and read this PDF document since it is designed as background for the class.
The following images are from some of my previous classes
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John, Jim, and Dave turned cherry and hackberry wood and cherry and blackash burls
John turning a hackberry bark edged bowl
Jim turning a cherry bark edged bowl
Dave turning a cherry burl end grain
Dave turning a cherry bark edged bowl
Jim turning a hackberry bark edged bowl
John turning a black ash burl into a bark edged bowl.
Chester, Sandy, and Dean turned cherry, birch, and oak bark edged bowls, and cherry burl bowls
Chester turning a small burly cherry log