Woodshaping: Exploring Techniques For Hand and Machine

July 22, 2018 – July 28, 2018

Douglas Finkel and Robert Lyon

When hand and tool work together in harmony, the results can be extraordinarily rewarding. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a foundation upon which all wood shaping skills can be built. Participants will explore a variety of methods and techniques, from traditional to contemporary, by which to shape wood into an object that is useful and beautiful. Students learn to safely saw, split, mill, turn on a lathe, band saw, grind, sand, rasp, file and carve wood into bowls, spoons, spatulas, spreaders, ladles, and other functional, ornamental and sculptural objects. Surface embellishments such as scorching, coloring, bleaching, pyrography and various finishes will be demonstrated and discussed. Open to all skill levels.


Douglas Finkel has been a woodworking artist and teacher for over 20 years. His work can be found in numerous collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has taught pre-first, middle school, high school, and as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently teaches woodworking full-time at St. Paul’s School near Baltimore, Maryland.

Douglas Finkel

Robert F. Lyon received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, and is a distinguished professor emeritus from the University of South Carolina. His work has been featured at the Center for Art in Wood, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Vero Beach Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and the Columbia Museum of Art. He was awarded the 2014 Individual Fellowship in Craft from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Robert Lyon

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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