Woodturning weekends ahead

Nov 01, 2012
Photo by: Jacques Vesery Instructor Stephen Gleasner is pictured at the lathe.

Rockport — The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship has announced its new lineup of community wood turning courses. These weekend classes, scheduled to run Saturdays and Sundays in November and December, are designed to give Midcoast residents access to the school’s educational resources within a convenient time format.

Turning a Pepper Mill with Stephen Gleasner, Nov. 10 and 11, offers beginning students the opportunity to learn spindle turning skills and make something beautiful for the kitchen. Elegant Platters, also with Gleasner, Nov. 17 and 18, focuses on faceplate turning, surface texture and design for students who have at least some prior turning experience. The fall series concludes with Next Steps in Turning, taught by Beth Ireland, Dec. 1 and 2, where intermediate turners improve their skills in multiple skill areas.

Both instructors are nationally respected wood turners and artists. Gleasner lives in Appleton and his work has been published in “500 Wood Bowls” as well as in numerous periodicals. Ireland has been a professional woodworker and turner in Roslindale, Mass., since 1983. Her extensive teaching experience includes demonstrations for dozens of guilds and symposiums including the American Association of Woodturners.

Tuition for community classes is $285 and the minimum age for participants is 16. The center’s woodturning studio is equipped with state-of-the-art Oneway 1640 lathes. Class size is limited to 11 students, so each participant gets plenty of individual attention. To register for community woodturning classes, call Dorrie Higbee at 594-5611.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, visit woodschool.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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