Sawn and Sculpted Vessels

John Beaver
October 16-20

This course in decorative bowl turning opens the door to many new design ideas. John shares exciting techniques he has developed for his well-known “wave bowl” series. Essentially, you turn a vessel, band saw it into sections, change or add elements, and then reassemble. Each student can expect to develop two or three projects that utilize John’s process in different ways and with differing grain orientations. Variations include

  • flush-surface bowls where a wave of veneer is sandwiched between re-sawn components
  • protruding-pattern bowls for which rough-turned bowls are band sawn with custom jigs to reposition their center sections
  • flying-rib vases where roughed out end-grain vessels are sectioned on the band saw and re-constructed with protruding vertical elements

John says that anyone with basic bowl turning skills can succeed with these projects. Participants accumulate an abundance of tips and techniques to enhance their future lathe work and expand their design horizons.

John Beaver is an award-winning professional turner in Pacific Palisades, CA. His work is exhibited coast to coast at prestigious venues such as SOFA Chicago, the Wharton Esherick Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. John’s work has been published in American Art Collector, Woodturning, Woodworker West, The Crafts Report, and Creative Wood: New Zealand. He demonstrates at events and clubs worldwide, from the U.S. to New Zealand, including the American Association of Woodturners’ Annual Symposium. His website is

Open to intermediate turners.


Tuition: $770

 Beaver1Three Wave Bowl by John Beaver, walnut and maple, (6"dia. x 3"), 2013

 Beaver2Flying Rib Bowl by John Beaver, wormy oak and walnut (10"dia. x 33"), 2010