Teaching “Woodturning Workshop” at Purchase College

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Over many years Andy Barnum developed a great woodturning program  at Purchase College in Purchase NY (aka White Plains NY).   Purchase is part of the State University of New York and well known for its Arts and Entertainment programs.

Andy is retiring at the end of this year.  I will be replacing Andy in the spring. Wow!  Wait.  No body can replace Andy!  I got to find a better way of saying this!

Everything has been finalized.  I will be teaching the “Woodturning Workshop” at Purchase starting on February 23, 2015.

It is a “Continuing Education” class.  Non credit.  Adult students.  10 students are already signed up for the class and the class  is limited to 11 people (there are 11 lathes).

I am really looking forward to teaching the class,  because the students are a  great bunch of guys and girls.  Note:  The same students tend to take the class over and over.

The $710 tuition may look a bit steep at first.  But is really a good deal.  It includes $150 for materials.   The class is 6 hours a day for 10 Mondays.   That’s ($710 – $150) / 60 hours = $9.34 per hour.   Or $710 / 60 hours = $11.84 per hour. Just studio time with no instructor is often way more.

Purchase has a big woodworking shop with 11 lathes in the Visual Arts Building.   The lathes are a mix of General,  Powermatic, Oneway and Stubby.   Mostly General and Stubby.

Here is the course description from Purchase Web Site:

Woodturning Workshop
Creating functional and nonfunctional lathe-turned objects. Woodturning has a long and rich history, the lathe being the earliest documented woodworking machine. This workshop examines the evolution of turning and explores how the lathe and its tools are used today to produce art as well as functional objects. A variety of processes are introduced, including: wood selection and preparation, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, box making, off-center turning and finishing. Students at all levels are free to explore their own interests. Open to beginners as well as advanced enthusiasts. Tuition includes $150 for materials.
CED1040 / noncredit / $710
Discount: $685 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Carl Ford
Mon., 10 a.m.Ù–4 p.m.
Feb. 23–May 4 (10 sessions; no class Mar. 30)
Room: Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

For more info https://www.purchase.edu/departments/AcademicPrograms/ce/GeneralInformation/NoncreditCourses/arts.aspx#spring

One thought on “Teaching “Woodturning Workshop” at Purchase College”

  1. Congrats Carl! I like doing such things because (believe it ot not) the instructor learns a lot too! I learned this leading a Boy Scout troop for years. I wish I lived closer so that I could fill up your class of 11 students.


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