Educating America's Craftspeople

Lidded Boxes $475

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


  • Instructor: Ernie Conover
  • Prerequisites: Woodturning Tool & Techniques or Basic Spindle Turning or equivalent experience (You must be able to turn a spindle the shape you desire without catching).
  • Max Enrollment: 4
  • Price: $450 (includes all instruction time, materials) Lunch provided by student. A non refundable $75 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) October 1-2, 2022 from 8:30am-4:30pm

Turners call a container with a snap fit or threaded lidded lid a box. Opening or closing a well made box is amazing, They 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. While making one may seem daunting, boxes are as much proper procedure a as skill. Ernie will introduce you to a wide variety of boxes and teach you how to make them. Starting with simple forms he will also show you forms that conceal their purpose such as acorns and wine stoppers with a wee cup inside.

The following are some of the techniques you will learn and projects that you will finish to take home with you:
    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. If you have a special piece of well dried, close grained hard wood such as boxwood, dogwood or curly maple you were saving for something like this, bring it along.

Tool List for Hollow Forms and Boxes