Enriching lives through art and craft

Creativity From Start to Finish

October 2 - 7, 2022

Rita and Jim Duxbury  ·  duxterity.com/ec

Workshop at a glance

Develop the ability to imagine, design and execute ideas into finished artistic woodturned pieces.


  • Precision turning
  • Measuring techniques
  • Gluing procedures
  • Creative mounting techniques
  • Texturing and embellishing


  • Domestic and exotic woods
  • Embellishing mediums
  • Mini lathes


  • Broadening of imagination
  • Adaptation of creative designs
  • Create designs to finish turnings

Artist Bios

Jim Duxbury is a woodturner and inventor and is the kind of guy who thinks and creates “out of the box.” He resides in Graham, North Carolina and his fine turnings are made from small bottle stoppers to bowls, bud vases, trays, furniture, kaleidoscopes, turned wooden hats, pens, and even a working Foucault Pendulum. Duxbury enjoys teaching others the craft of woodturning, woodworking, and kaleidoscope construction. His kaleidoscopes are a signature item, custom designed, and the recipient of numerous awards. With the help of his wife, Rita, and inspiration from his pet parrotlet, “Bean” creativity abounds in his studio.
Arrowmont Connections

Rita Duxbury lives in Graham, North Carolina with her husband Jim and is a professional librarian and retired Naval Officer. She has turned her focus to woodturning and teaching others the skill of turning. She believes that each day is a new adventure and she approaches her turning that way and considers that every piece of wood has unique attributes which emerge into an artistry of grain, color, and creativity.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Rita Duxbury
  • Jim Duxbury
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will add a new dimension to their woodturning skills with the basics of creative and adaptive woodturning. Using standard woodturning tools and equipment, the fundamentals of design will provide a foundation in which students gain a knowledge of the necessary layout, planning, wood selection, mountings, and embellishing. Chucks and standard point centers will be used to achieve the desired designs for a variety of pieces. From start to finish, participants will turn “fun and imaginative” hexagon boxes, three-corner bowls, spheres and cubes, shark tooth bowls, as well as wooden bottle design, recycled jar bottle tops and other unique assorted pieces of interest. Basic woodturning skills are required.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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