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Demos & Classes

I am available for woodturning demonstrations and teaching on weeknights and weekends.

My demonstrations are designed to inspire others, teach new and good techniques, and include good handouts. Demonstrations can be 1-2 hours or all day.

My classes start with a demo and then are hands on in my own studio. They are limited to 2 students and include a good lunch. Beginners are welcome. I am also available to teach classes at any suitable venue.

E-mail Carl at carl@carlford.info for information on available dates.

Any demo listed below can be converted to a class and vice versa.


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Demo: Munro Hollower

The Munro Hollower2 is a great tool for making vases and hollow forms.

This demo shows how I hollow a bowl and vase with the Munro Hollower 2. I cover lots of tips and tricks that will allow you to hit the ground running and quickly learn to love the Munro Hollower 2.

I start by hollowing a bowl with a deeply under cut rim. This allows me to show how the hollower cuts on the outside of a bowl where you can see it. Then I go inside the bowl and under cut the rim with the hollower. If time permits, I then hollow the inside of a big mouth vase.

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Demo: Antique Candlesticks

Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood.

I call them "antiques" because I use up old scraps of wood with cracks and knots. Then I use Milk Paint to give them that antique look and feel.

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Demo: Great Polyurthane Finishes

Want to learn how to get a great tough "Baby Bottom Smooth" finish with only 2 coats of Polyurethane? Then this is the demo for you!

This demo shows the sequence of sanding, oiling, spraying, and buffing steps I used to get a Great 1st Class Polyurethane Finish. A practical finish for the every day man!.

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Demo: Small Hollow Forms and Vases

Turning small vases is a great low stress way to learn how to create hollow forms and experiment with forms and surface decorations.

This demo focuses on turning and decorating a small hollow form vase from start to finish using Ellsworth style Small Hollowing Tools. Topics will include what makes a form easy or hard to hollow, wood selection, hollowing tools, procedure and tips for hollowing.

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Demo: Painting on the Lathe for Dummies

Adding color via paint and/or stain to your turnings is a great way to spice up boring wood. It allows you to make beautiful pieces out of cheap wood. Painting with the lathe running is easy! Anyone can do it.

This demo focuses on three different easy techniques: • Painting between the lines using Acrylic Paints. • Coloring between the lines using Sharpe Permanent Magic. Markers. • Full coverage color using Woodburst Stains.

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Demo: Natural Edge Bowls

I love to turn green wood and I love to turn natural edge bowls.

This demo focuses on turning medium size (10 to 12") natural edge bowls using the versatile David Ellsworth Signature Gouge. A natural edge bowl will be turned from start to finish. Topics will include wood selection, selecting and cutting the raw log, mounting the blank, the David Ellsworth Signature Gouge (cuts and sharpening), keeping the bark on, reverse jam chucking and/or vacuum chucking.

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Demo: Vacuum Chucks

What are they? What are they good for? What do I need to set up my own Vacuum Chuck System? How can I keep the cost down?

This demo features a 20+ page handout. The demo starts by showing how to easily center a bowl on a vacuum chuck to finish the foot. It then proceeds into a hands on "show and tell" explaining all of the parts needed to create a complete Vacuum Chuck System. For each of the system parts (vacuum pump, spindle adapter, and chucks), several options that vary from "buy it off the shelf" to "build your own" are discussed, available for inspection and covered in the handout.

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Class: The Detail Gouge

Experience the fun of using a detail gouge with a Michael Hosaluk grind. Good clean cuts with this versatile tool will be the focus of this 2-day class open to beginners.

Students will learn that a detail gouge is the only tool they need for spindle turning. It is an easy to use, easy to learn tool that produces clean cuts like a spindle gouge or skew without the nasty catches. Students will explore all of the detail gouge cuts while creating a small 8 to 10 building "Fantasy City" project. See photo.

Each student should complete their own project by the end of class.

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Demo: Candle Dish

Turning a dish style candle stick holder is a great little project.

This short demo shows how to in a 1/2 hour or less. The demo features just a few simple tools and just a small block of easy to obtain kiln dried wood. Plus a trick that allows you to burn lines on the inside of a bowl.

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Class or Demo: Owl Plaque

In this easy one day workshop students will turn a cute Owl Plaque just in time for Christmas.

Simple tools and techniques will be used to create a very satisfying project. Each student should complete 1 or more Owl's out of Western Red Cedar or Oak. The finished Owl will be around 7" across with a 4" diameter body.

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Demo: Introduction to Woodturning

Woodturning is an age old craft that is enjoying a modern resurgence as art.

This demo introduces woodturning to novices. What is it? Why is it fun? What do I need to known to get into woodturning?

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