Embellishing Turned Wood Vessels: Designs, Techniques and Tools

September 29, 2019 – October 5, 2019

J. Paul Fennell

During this master workshop students learn the techniques and skills for creating visual and tactile embellishments on turned vessels. You will discover the basic decorative techniques of piercing, relief, and incised carving using various rotary hand pieces, micromotors, and power tools to enhance the vessel form’s overall visual and tactile appeal. There’s a focus on laying out designs and how they convey meaning. Participants will make and creatively use an indexing wheel and discover methods of transferring 2D designs onto 3D surfaces. The embellishing techniques will also be available electronically. Open to all skill levels. Some experience using the lathe, rotary power tools, micromotors and air-driven handpieces is helpful.


J. Paul Fennell is a master woodturner and has been a major influence in turned wood art for over 30 years. His work has been featured in woodturning magazines and books and can be found in private and museum collections including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Art & Design, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fennell is a 32-year member of the AAW and is a frequent demonstrator and workshop teacher.

J. Paul Fennell

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

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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 2019. 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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