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Beyond Basic Bowls, Exploring Form and Surface

October 29, 2023 - November 3, 2023

Mark Gardner  ·  markgardnerstudio.com

Workshop at a glance

Take the next steps to set your work apart and make your work more personal.


  • Proper use of the bowl gouge
  • Shear scraping using gouges and scrapers
  • Using green wood to make refined work
  • Surface embellishments including carving and engraving, painting and dying


  • Green hardwoods
  • Roughed out bowl blanks (dry)


  • How to turn beautiful bowls using a minimum of tools, primarily the bowl gouge
  • Using green wood
  • How to embellish the turned bowls, making them more personal

Artist Bio

Mark Gardner is a woodturner living and working in Saluda, North Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati. Gardner works in his studio creating functional and decorative objects that he exhibits and sells through art and craft galleries and fine craft fairs around the country. He published articles for Fine Woodworking and taught workshops and demonstrated for craft schools and woodturning clubs in the U.S. and Canada. His work is represented in public collections including the Asheville Art Museum and the Museum of Art and Design.

  • Mark Gardner
  • Mark Gardner
  • Mark Gardner

Workshop Description

Students in this workshop will master the bowl gouge for efficiently turning bowls from green wood and learn production methods for creating multiples as well as controlled drying. You will discover simple surface techniques including carving, engraving, wire brushing, burning, milk paints, and dyes to help you create work with a personal feel. As the week progresses, participants will be introduced to more challenging forms such as natural edge bowls and slightly closed forms, i.e. calabash bowls. Discussions will center around design considerations based on the bowl’s intended use, decorative or functional. Green wood as a material will be discussed in depth. This is not a beginner-level class, but open to advanced-intermediate to advanced-skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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

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