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Woodturning Fundamentals · Rudy LopezWoodturning

Workshop at a glance

Spend a few days exploring the engaging world of woodturning.


  • Proper lathe safety and set-up
  • Wood selection and grain orientation
  • Correct tool technique
  • Sanding and finishing


  • Wood


  • A comprehensive understanding of basic woodturning techniques

Artist Bio

Rudy Lopez is a professional woodturner in Tampa, Florida with over 40 years of experience in turning, furniture making, and cabinetmaking. Widely respected for his teaching skills, his easy-going energetic personality and his ability to explain woodturning techniques in a simple, understandable manner have allowed Rudy to share his skills and enthusiasm for woodturning. He demonstrates at regional and national symposia, including those of the American Association of Woodturners, and teaches at clubs and schools across the country. Rudy also offers classes at his studio in Tampa Florida. Rudy’s work has been featured in juried exhibitions at AAW symposia and at their Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, MN. rudolphlopez.com

  • Rudy Lopez
  • Rudy Lopez
  • Rudy Lopez
  • Rudy Lopez

Workshop Description

A wonderful opportunity to learn to turn on a lathe. After learning about the parts and function of the lathe and the different turning tools, we will cover the ABC’s (anchor, bevel, cut) of tool control. Then begin with basic “bead and cove” spindle technique to make spheres, eggs and a useful woodworking mallet. We will continue this fun journey as we learn proper bowl gouge technique and turn a small shallow bowl or platter. We will discuss proper sanding and finishing techniques as well.

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