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A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class”

Tom, Scott & Steve with Finished Pieces Photo: Tom, Scott & Steve with Finished Pieces

Here are 3 students with the pieces they made in my class on Thursday 3/22/2018.

Left to right. Tom, Scott, and Steve.

They were taking my "2018 Winter Woodturning Workshop" class in my Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

Scott was a new student. Scott very quickly became a very good turner.

Tom and Steve are both very good turners. They have taken the same class over and over a couple of times. We just keep doing more and more complex things. They enjoy coming to the class for fun and camaraderie.

Tom made a Vase out of Ambrosia Maple. The shape was from a photo I took in Portugal of some pottery.

Scott made a "Natural-Edge Vase" from page 101 of Mark Baker's "Weekend Woodturning Projects" book.

Steve made a "Burr Oak Bowl" in Maple (not Burr Oak) from page 131 of John Hunnex's "Woodturning Forms & Materials" book.

Future Classes

The Fall 2018 version of my "Woodturning Workshop" class in my studio is already full. I have 2 returning students and 1 new student.

The Fall 2018 version of my "Woodturning Workshop" class at the Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield CT has space available. I have 2 returning students already signed up. The class is limited to 6 students.

For more info on my classes click here.

Scott Cutting Out the Top of the Vase Photo: Scott Cutting Out the Top of the Vase

I took a couple of action shots for each student. I am just going to present them with no commentary.

I was too busy teaching to take more photos.

Scott Cutting The Stem of the Vase Photo: Scott Cutting The Stem of the Vase

Scott with Completed Vase Photo: Scott with Completed Vase

Tom Roughing Out the Shape of Vase Photo: Tom Roughing Out the Shape of Vase

Tom Roughing Out the Rim of Vase Photo: Tom Roughing Out the Rim of Vase

Tom Finalizing the Outside Shape Photo: Tom Finalizing the Outside Shape

Tom Hollowing Out the Inside (Lathe Stopped) Photo: Tom Hollowing Out the Inside (Lathe Stopped)

Tom is using my Hollowing Rig. For more info click here.

Note: I have 2 of these Hollowing Rigs. Thus 2 out of 3 students in each class can use my Hollowing Rig. I plan to getting a 3rd Hollowing Rig, if I run into a real need for it.

Tom Hollowing Out the Inside (Lathe Running) Photo: Tom Hollowing Out the Inside (Lathe Running)

Tom with Completed Vase Photo: Tom with Completed Vase

Steve Finalizing the Outside Shape of Bowl Photo: Steve Finalizing the Outside Shape of Bowl

Steve Roughing Out the Inside Photo: Steve Roughing Out the Inside

I got distracted, talking to other students, etc. and forgot to take more photos of Steve. Sorry Steve.

Last Minute Opening in My Studio Class (Winter 2018)

Photo 1 of my Studio
Updated 1/20/2018: I filled the opening. There was only 1 opening. So anyone else who contacts me will go on a waiting list for the fall.

I had a student cancel at the last minute due to medical reasons. Thus I am now looking for 1 more student for my “Woodturning Workshop” class in my Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

Please contact me ASAP if you are interested. Email carl@carlford.us


The Details

Instructor: Carl Ford – Studio Woodturner – www.carlford.us

Level: All Skill Levels (Novice and Beyond)

Dates: Any 10 out of 12 Thursdays between January 25 to April 12th, 2018 (Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 2018)

Time: 9am – 3:30pm with a 1/2 hour break for lunch

Tuition $650.00 ($650 / 10 days = $65 per day / 6 hrs per day = $11 per hour, A really good deal! )

Location: At Carl Ford’s Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.  3 Danspence Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Photo of Projects
Same class format as “Woodturning Workshop” at Brookfield Craft Center. Click here for BCC class description.

Students must supply there own wood for the class or help me scrounge it up. Same deal as Brookfield Craft Center.

I made a video to help promote my Woodturning Workshop class at the Brookfield Craft Center. The same info applies to the class in my studio. Click her for my “Woodturning Workshop” video.

I have liability insurance for my studio classes thru the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).


My Studio

My studio is better than the shop at Brookfield Craft Center. I have better lathes! Great lighting and dust collection. Etc.
Photo 2 of my Studio

  • My studio is a bright and cheery environment!
  • Two Oneway 2436 lathes and a Powermatic 3520B lathe for students.
  • Complete set of turning tools for each student! Ellsworth, Stirt, Jordan, and Hosaluk gouges, etc.
  • Munro, Ellsworth and Jamieson hollowing systems. All with laser pointers and a Trent Bosch Stabilizer.
  • Great lighting
  • Good natural light via a bank of windows
  • Good overhead lights
  • Good lights on each and every lathe
  • Good heat and AC
  • Very good and QUIET dust collection on each and every lathe! My cyclone dust collector is outside!
  • Lots of finishing options. Alcohol method for green bowls. Milk paint, acrylic paint, colored stains, danish oil, poly, lacquer, etc.
  • Good lunch room with full kitchen. We eat on the deck or in a nice sunny dinning room.
  • Modern bathroom with indoor plumbing.

Click here for directions to my studio at 3 Danspence Road, Poughkeepse NY, 12603

Google says my studio is:

  • 1 hr 10 min drive north of Purchase NY
  • 1 hr north east drive of Danbury CT
  • 45 min south drive of Kingston NY

A picture is worth a thousand words. Click here for pictures of my studio.