Lathe Based Wood Sculpture

November 8, 2020 – November 14, 2020

Derek Weidman

This workshop is a freeform exploration of unorthodox carving techniques with the structure focused on understanding various shaping processes. Students will learn to use multi-axis turning, supplemented with other tools such as angle grinders, rotary carvers, carving chainsaws, airbrushes and propane torches. Techniques taught include ways to achieve novel and exciting shapes and designs. The wood lathe is at the center of this class but rather than turning bowls and vessels, expect to turn animals, flowers or other items possessing a unique visual language of circles and arcs. Open to all skill levels, however experience with drawing, turning and dexterous hand skills are advised.


Derek Weidman is a full-time sculptor who lives in rural Pennsylvania close to Philadelphia. He has spent nearly two decades working with wood and a decade exploring the sculptural capabilities of a wood lathe. Weidman is known for innovating and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis work, expressed in his animal series which reside in public collections and museums, and many private collections around the world.

Derek Weidman

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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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