Educating America's Craftspeople
  • Hollow Forms and Lidded Boxes $395

    $200.00

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


    • Instructor: Ernie Conover
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Max Enrollment: 5
    • Price: $395 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch)
    • Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) October 7 & 8, 2017

    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, we have 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. It 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". View Tool List for Hollow Forms and Boxes.

    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.