Turning for Beginners

Ken Wise
September 9-13

This is a thorough introduction to the tools, materials, and skills of woodturning. Participants learn to use the lathe safely and effectively for a wide range of applications. Ken covers tool selection and sharpening; chucking techniques; turning green and dry woods; long grain turning of cylinders, tapers, beads, coves, and pommels; end grain turning of lidded boxes; hollowing; and taking a project from log to finish. With ample one-on-one guidance, students create a variety of projects that includes carvers’ mallets, table legs, bowls, platters, and lidded boxes.

Ken Wise is a professional woodworker in Brunswick, ME. Over the past three decades his interests and skills have migrated from house construction and finish carpentry, to cabinet and furniture making, to carving and turning. His work today consists of architectural turning, furniture, and a line of turned and carved bowls, spoons, and kitchenware that he sells through shops and galleries. Ken also makes canoe paddles and wildlife art in native Maine hardwoods for regional craft fairs, including the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. His website is kenwisewoodcarver.com.

Open to all.


Tuition: $810

Wise walnut bowlBlack Walnut Salad Bowl by Ken Wise (12"dia.x4"), 2017Balusters large fileBalusters turned in African mahogany by Ken Wise and others for an historic renovation in Wiscasset, ME, 2014