Educating America's Craftspeople

Fundamentals of Spindleturning


Instructor:                       Ernie Conover

Prerequisites:                 None; however, Sharpening DVD-I & DVD-II are suggested

Max Enrollment:             5

Price:                             $395 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch)

Date Offered:                 (Saturday & Sunday) August 5 - 6, 2017

This is a hands-on course which emphasizes tur ning furniture parts with speed and confidence. You will actually turn a variety of common furniture parts under the tutelage of Ernie Conover, who is author of the book and companion video entitled Turning for Furniture. The course will begin with a primer on spindle turning with special attention on how to duplicate parts quickly and easily. You will learn furniture turning skills by actually turning two different chair stretchers, some Windsor chair legs (dry and green), table legs and grain matching knobs that will really set your furniture off from the pack. Ernie gives frequent demonstrations of advanced techniques such as converging axis cabriole legs, hollow forms and chatter work. Mixed with all this will be a plethora of tricks, such as how to make form scrapers, how to use both a commercial and home made steady rest for long turning, power and hand sanding techniques, how to finish in the lathe and a host of nifty chucks.