Turning Intensive

January 15 - March 9, 2018



The eight-week Turning Intensive is designed to prepare woodworkers for successful careers as professional woodturners, and is also open to amateurs who wish to bring their work up to a professional level.



The Turning Intensive curriculum leads students through a sequence of hands-on projects that develop foundation skills in all facets of professional woodturning.

Architectural woodturning - learn to construct and turn columns, balusters, newel posts, and moldings using techniques for duplication, reeding, fluting, twists, split turning, rosettes, barrel staving, segmenting, and more.

Production woodturning - learn to turn production bowls, platters, stair parts, furniture parts, and other objects with consistency, speed, and quality.

Creative woodturning - develop your aesthetic voice by making one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural objects that are turned and carved.

Furniture components - learn to turn and join legs, pulls, finials, rungs, and other furniture parts.

Milling - gain competence with the table saw, band saw, drill press, lathe, router, and other woodworking machines for stock preparation, forming, and joinery.

Sharpening - learn how to grind and sharpen turning, carving, and woodworking tools such as gouges, skews, v-tools, and chisels.

Tool making - solve unusual turning challenges by making your own turning tools, jigs, and attachments.

Business Practices - learn about estimating time and calculating competitive prices in the woodworking market, keeping books and other useful records, and marketing.



Application Process

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required.

All experience levels welcome.
Enrollment limited to 10.




The Lead Instructor for the course is Beth Ireland, who is joined by visiting instructors Mark Gardner and Al Stirt.

Lead Instructor Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, MA, since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate Fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters to one-of-a-kind sculpture. Her website is bethireland.net

Click here to watch a video of Beth Ireland describing the course

Visiting Instructor Mark Gardner is a full-time studio turner and sculptor in Saluda, NC. His award-winning work is exhibited nationally and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. He is represented in publications such as New Masters of Woodturning (Fox Chapel Press, 2008) and Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood (Guild Publishing, 2002). Mark’s website is markgardnerstudio.com.

Visiting Instructor Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the White House, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has demonstrated woodturning in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997, the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. Al lives and works in Enosburg Falls, VT. His website is alstirt.com.



The Turning Intensive was featured in American Woodturner magazine, December 2013. Click here to read the article.




Tuition: $5,230

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