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The Science of Woodturning: Form, Function, & Figure, a week long workshop at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

July 8, 2019 - July 12, 2019

Note: this workshop is held at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. Registration links will be provided here when available.


The Science of Woodturning: Form, Function, & Figure

Woodturning is an art, but it is also very much a science. The way a tree grows and the unique environment around it affect the wood, and thus affect how it machines. This class will cover ‘normal’ and figured woods, what the cells are actually doing, and how grain direction and imperfections affect tools and turning. This class is a mirror of the introductory woodturning with science class taught at Oregon State University, which introduces students to woodturning by giving a strong foundation in wood anatomy and biology. This class is appropriate for all turning levels.


Students will learn:

  • introductory and intermediate wood anatomy
  • how trees grow and the effect on anatomy
  • how to interpret grain direction for turning
  • how to anticipate problems with figured woods
  • the differences between burl vs. curl vs. tiger stripe, etc.
  • how to integrate anatomy into turning technique
  • how to match form/function to the wood
  • a primer on wood identification


July 8, 2019
July 12, 2019
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Marc Adams School of Woodworking
5504 East 500 North
Franklin, IN 46131 United States
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