Lou's Classes on Turning Artistic Bark Edged Bowls 

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 in my shop (see photos below from some of these classes). My last North House class ended on August 10, 2019. I have decided limit my teaching in the future. These will be one or two day classes of up to 5 hours max per day for one or two students. These will focus on turning bark edged bowls including bowls from burls and other unusual gnarly chunks of wood. Students are asked to bring wood they would like to turn. These 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 three lathes: a Powermatic 3520B lathe with a 20" swing over the bed, a Vega bowl lathes (model 2600, with a 25" swing), and a new Stubby S1000 lathe (3 HP motor) with a 44" swing.  Please contact me if you are interested or need more information. I am also happy to have people visit my shop to learn about turning. There is no charge for giving advice or demonstrating turning/sharpening techniques. Please contact me to set up a visit.

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.

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The following images are from some of my previous classes

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

John, Jim, and Dave turned cherry and hackberry wood and cherry and blackash burls

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

John turning a hackberry bark edged bowl

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

Jim turning a cherry bark edged bowl

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

Dave turning a cherry burl end grain

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

Dave turning a cherry bark edged bowl

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

Jim turning a hackberry bark edged bowl

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August 8, 2019 Class
August 8, 2019 Class

John turning a black ash burl into a bark edged bowl.

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August 1, 2019 Class
August 1, 2019 Class

Chester, Sandy, and Dean turned cherry, birch, and oak bark edged bowls, and cherry burl bowls

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August 1, 2019 Class
August 1, 2019 Class

Chester turning a small burly cherry log

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short video from a recent class