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Tableware Week: Wooden Bowls & Spoons 1M23

Come spend a week diving into two green woodworking disciplines: learning to turn a bowl on a pole-lathe and to hand-carve a wooden spoon.

The first few days will focus on preparing a bowl blank, turning techniques on a pole lathe, and finishing the bowl with oils, paints, etc...  The final few days will then shift to spoon carving, where students will learn to safely use simple knives to produce a spoon to go with your bowl.

All tools and materials for the bowl-turning portion of the course will be provided.

For the spoon-carving portion, Sloyd and hook knives will be for sale for those who do not already own them.

Students who have their own tools, especially carving axes, Sloyd knives, and hook knives, are encouraged to bring them.

If students do not have a carving ax, they can try out a few of the instructor’s tools.

*Turning on a foot-powered lathe and carving with hand tools require a certain amount of stamina and coordination, so students should be prepared for a physically demanding class.

*Plan for daily lunch breaks; ample restaurant options are available locally.

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Eric Goodson

Eric Goodson Bowl

Eric Goodson is a green woodworker based in Newburyport, MA.  Primarily a wood turner, he creates bowls, cups, and plates using both a traditional foot-powered pole lathe and a Western electric lathe. Eric also hand carves spoons, spatulas, spreaders, shrink pots, and other things starting with different letters.  Eric began his woodworking journey a decade ago, studying under prominent green woodworkers like Dave Fisher, Peter Follansbee, Jarrod Dahl, Robin Wood, and Jojo Wood.  He works primarily with green wood as opposed to seasoned wood, preferring its workability and liveliness. Green wood moves as it dries, creating organic and energetic forms in partnership with the maker.  Eric also uses simple hand tools when appropriate, creating surfaces that celebrate the fine finish and decorative facets left by razor sharp tools.  Such a finish ages beautifully and testifies to the object’s hand-made origins.

Wood-turning, carving
Materials to bring to class:

If you have them, bring carving tools (Sloyd and hook knives, carving axes, etc.).

If you'd like a set of tools to own, they will be available for purchase.

Alternately, you may borrow tools-provided for the class period.

$30.00 fee covers wood-blanks, wood finishes, etc.