Bowl Turning

Ashley Harwood

Guest instructor Ashley Harwood will show you how to turn several bowls using the push cut style of turning.

This project started on February 1, 2019 is current being built. Pick it up and build along!
  • 8 lessons to date
  • 201 min to date
  • $90.00

This class focuses on establishing and refining the push cut style of bowl turning. The push cut style of bowl turning, when mastered, allows for one smooth pass from the bottom to the top of the bowl with no torn grain, a pleasing curve, and no stress or strain on the body. New turners can expect to create a solid foundation of knowledge and skill to being their practice and build on. Turners with experience can expect to refine their techniques in order to achieve a more repeatable perfect cut. The goal for all is to achieve the best cut from the gouge, whether on wet or dry wood – to spend more time turning and less time sanding. Tool sharpening, wood curing, bowl design, sanding techniques, and cutting logs for bowls will be discussed. Students will learn how to turn thin walled wet wood bowls, natural edge bowls, and dry wood bowls from cured blanks.

Here’s the tentative video release schedule for the month of February:

Week 1: Introduction, Tools & Sharpening, Wet Bowl Turning (three parts)
Week 2: Twice-Turned Bowl (likely a 2-part video)
Week 3: Natural Edge Bowl (likely a 2-part video)
Week 4: Signing & Finishing, The 7 Fundamentals
Week 5: Student Feature, Chainsawing

About Your Instructor:

Ashley Harwood

Ashley lives in Charleston, SC, where she creates her work and teaches at her personal studio. She has demonstrated and taught woodturning in a number of professional venues throughout the US and abroad, visiting seven other countries and traveling as far as Australia. She has been featured in various publications including the American Association of Woodturning’s Journal, Woodturning magazine, Popular Woodworking magazine, and Charleston magazine. Her teaching focuses on fine spindle turning and the Push Cut method of bowl turning along with the 40/40 grind on a bowl gouge, with a strong emphasis on tool control. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a focus in sculpture and installation art, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her background in glassblowing.