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Design in Turning

October 24 - 29, 2021

Rudolph Lopez  ·  rudolphlopez.com

Workshop at a glance

Refine your bowlturning technique while exploring form and surface design to create unique objects.


  • Perfect your bowl gouge technique
  • Creating good forms
  • Sculptural carving, woodburning
  • Coloration with paint & dye


  • Green and Dry wood
  • Milk paint & Dyes
  • Carving & Sculpting tools


  • Refining your bowl turning skills
  • Creating unique bowls and natural edge platters
  • Form and surface design techniques for bowls and platters

Artist Bio

Rudolph Lopez has over 35 years experience as a furniture and cabinet maker but found his true passion when he discovered woodturning. His easy-going energetic personality and his ability to explain woodturning techniques in a simple, understandable manner have allowed Rudolph to share his skills and enthusiasm for woodturning through teaching and demonstrating. He offers classes at his studio in Tampa, Fl and presents workshops and demonstrations at club chapters and symposiums across the country. Rudolph was selected as one of the Emerging Artists of 2012 by the American Association of Woodturners.

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Workshop Description

This class will provide useful information to a broad range of turners. Emphasis on form and surface design to create unique objects. Students will be provided with a copious amount of information regarding log selection, design and layout considerations, limb and grain orientation, crotch figure, and keeping or eliminating features or flaws in the wood, all which strongly influence the piece. Many aspects of surface design will be demonstrated using carving techniques, (hand and power) woodburning, coloration using paint, dye and whatever our imagination can come up with. We will observe how subtle changes in shape and line will influence the aesthetics of the final form. Students will improve on the correct bowl gouge techniques so the tool becomes a subconscious extension of their hands. Refining their technique will allow the student to relax, have fun and release his or her creativity on more advanced bowl shapes such as closed form bowls, thin walled bowls, Calabash round bottom and elongated wing style platter/bowls.

In this class, we will also cover the method I use to turn thin natural edged winged bowls from crotch wood sections. Turning winged bowls from green logs will be explained as well. Turning green wood thin allows the wood to warp and move, thus allowing the wood to influence the final shape adding interest to the piece and help prevent cracking. Creating a cleanly cut surface safely and efficiently that requires a minimum of sanding is a challenge on wing bowls since the surfaces of wings is interrupted as the piece revolves. Students will learn the techniques and finesse required for turning thin intermittent wings. They will then be taught to apply these skills and techniques to all their turning in order to achieve a cleanly cut surface that will reduce sanding and improve the overall turning experience.

The concept of the ABCs (anchor, bevel, cut) of tool control and how the bevel provides support and control for the cutting edge of the gouge will be explained. This along with sharp tools will make turning easier, safer and more enjoyable. All attendees will benefit from a broader understanding of the different grinds of the bowl gouge and the various cuts available with it. I will discuss the four different bowl gouge grinds that I use, when I use them and why. I will also explain the benefits of how safely the negative rake scraper can be used in many situations and how to grind this type of scraper.

Techniques for sanding wet wood, both on and off the lathe; dealing with warping while turning; correct chucking and jamb chucking methods for finishing the bottom; along with drying and finishing techniques to help avoid cracking will be covered. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two of the most important fundamentals of turning – sharp tools and good tool control will be emphasized. In addition, many helpful hints will be provided to help students feel more confident and relaxed and make turning easier, safer and definitely more fun. I try to encourage an open forum of learning from each other.

COURSE FEE: $800  ·  download the materials list

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