James has been turning wood since 2001. He called the Pensacola area home for many years, but now lives and works in Atlanta with his wife and four children. He likes to make decorative and functional items such as bowls, boxes, vessels, and sculptures. James enjoys teaching and demonstrating. He has taught classes, led workshops, and demonstrated since 2004 including demonstrating at the AAW Symposium in 2011 and 2013. He has exhibited his work at galleries, craft fairs, and art festivals throughout the southeast.
Morning Class – Bowl Turning Basics
In this class, you will learn effective techniques to turn a basic flat rimmed bowl. I will explain how to prepare blanks from logs and how the cutting of the blank influences the grain patterns in the finished piece. I will demonstrate the primary cuts with the bowl gouge and show how they are used during the bowl turning process. You will turn a bowl from start to finish putting into practice the techniques presented in this class including roughing cuts, slicing cuts, and delicate finishing cuts that require very little sanding.
Afternoon Class – Natural Edge Bowls
In this class, you will learn effective techniques to turn a natural edge bowl. I will explain how to prepare blanks from logs and how the cutting of the blank influences both the grain patterns and natural edge rim in the finished piece. I will show examples of natural edge bowls, discuss how to develop pleasing shapes, and compare and contrast rustic style natural edge bowls with more elegant styles. You will turn a natural edge bowl from start to finish learning how to use the bowl gouge to make roughing cuts, slicing cuts, and finishing cuts. You will learn how to retain the bark on the edge of the bowl and make cuts that are crisp and clean.
Each student will need a chuck, a 4 pronged spur drive, and live center.
Students should bring their own bowl gouge. Optionally, they should also bring a 1/2” spindle gouge or 1/2” detail gouge, skew chisel, and bowl scraper