Spindle Turning

Ashley Harwood

This video series begins with the fundamentals of spindle turning. It breaks down each cut into a simple combination of motions, addressing things like stance, speed, grip, tool rest position, and chucking. Using these cuts and techniques, we will make several projects – a candlestick, sea urchin ornament with a fine finial, and table legs. […]

  • 9 lessons
  • 243 min
  • $90.00

This video series begins with the fundamentals of spindle turning. It breaks down each cut into a simple combination of motions, addressing things like stance, speed, grip, tool rest position, and chucking. Using these cuts and techniques, we will make several projects – a candlestick, sea urchin ornament with a fine finial, and table legs. We will discuss spindle design and how to turn from a pattern or drawing to create multiples of the same design. We will also discuss ways to improve speed and work flow.

  • Basic techniques
  • Tools and Sharpening
  • Tool Control – basic cuts
  • Building Speed
  • Candlestick
  • Finial Turning
  • Turning for furniture/to a pattern
  • Sanding and Finishing
  • Jewelry making

Reviews:

As a career teacher, I am delighted by Ashley’s teaching skills and her attention to detail. I have a long way to go as a wood turner, but her tutorials are giving me the resources I need to improve.

R. Douglas McRae
Guild Member
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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.