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  • Hollow Forms and Lidded Boxes

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    A two day course to expand your turning skills into these intriguing and fun areas

    • Instructor: Ernie Conover
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Max Enrollment: 3
    • Price: $450 (includes all instruction time, materials) Lunch provided by student. A $200 deposit is required to secure a spot in this class with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning.
    • Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) September 18 & 19, 2021 from 8:30am-4:30pm

    Every turner with some turning proficiency, particularly in bowls, has ogled the many extraordinary closed forms and lidded boxes that are pictured regularly in woodturning magazines. Have you asked yourself, "How difficult are they? Could I actually learn to do some of these techniques?” If you have, this is the course for you!

    Indeed, these techniques are not essentially more difficult than any other area of woodturning, just different. They do require a few specialized tools and learning to do some interior work "blind" by feel and touch. However, all are within everyone's ability. In fact, with a bit of practice lovely and striking pieces can be made. No lasers or expensive hollow form guides are required or used in this course. Ernie emphasizes simple procedures and home made tools that get results.

    Likewise boxes are as much proper procedure as skill. Boxes delight young and old alike and are perfect for storing treasures—be they a set of diamond earrings or a child’s Cracker Jack’s surprise. You will have a chance to turn a wide variety of boxes and learn how to make boxes in such forms that conceal their purpose such as acorns and balls.

    If you have a special piece of wood you were saving for something like this bring it along. It will be your "graduation exercise". 

    The following are some of the techniques you will learn and projects that you will finish to take home with you:
        Hollow forms :
    •     Appropriate wood selection for closed forms
    •     Design considerations
    •     Where standard lathe tools start to fail and special tools take over
    •     Chucking
    •     Making your own tools 
    •     Creating a  hollow form through a small aperture
    •     Decorating and texturing hollow forms
        Lidded Boxes:

    •     Wood selection
    •     Design considerations
    •     Chucking considerations
    •     Basic rules or ABC's of box turning
    •     Chatter work, inlays and carving
    •     Your own box hollowing scrapers. (Bring a couple of 1/2" square nose scrapers to modify or just some old files for the same!)
    •     Specialized box tools: The ring tool, the hook tool, the Berger box tool, very thin cutoff tool, etc. Gain some experience with             ours and find out how if you need them?

    You will turn several hollow forms and boxes in the course of the weekend and go home with the confidence to make more.

    Please note our cancellation policy: Thirty days or more prior to the start date, your deposit/fee is 50% refundable. If you cancel less than thirty days from the course beginning, the deposit/fee is non-refundable. To cancel email, write or telephone and leave a message on our answering machine. If for any reason we cancel a course, your entire payment will be refunded promptly.

    Tool List for Hollow Forms and Boxes