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Expanding Personal Style

October 20 - 25, 2024

Steve Loar

Christian Burchard  ·  website

Workshop Overview

There are indeed methods that will help you assess what you have done and then see beyond them to new opportunities. Whether sculptural or utilitarian, your work suggests possibilities that may be difficult to discern or appreciate. This dynamic session will provide the mid-level and advanced woodturner with ways to expand the ideas, designs, and even processes that your work has been using. In this workshop, students will be exploring multiple possibilities rather than refining a single finished product. The instructors will teach, guide, and collaborate with students to develop skills to confidently identify and investigate directions that are personal to them. Students should come prepared to flex both their brain and methods to become a braver explorer and inventor. This workshop is for mid-level and advanced woodturners only. Safe tool use is expected. A knowledge of the properties of wood will be helpful.


  • Ways to more clearly evaluate your work
  • Methods to conceive of new possibilities.
  • Tactics for playing upon or contradicting wood’s characteristics.
  • Learn the fundamental differences and benefits between utilitarian, faux-utilitarian, utilitarian/sculptural, and sculpture
  • Develop skills and techniques to imagine your work beyond past/present


  • Primarily turned wood


  • Expanding your skills as an explorer and inventor



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Steve Loar is widely recognized as a significant innovator in the advancement of the field of contemporary woodturning. His career spans over four decades as an woodturner, sculptor, educator, mentor, and author. Steve is known as being a catalyst for new ideas through his teaching of design and nurturing creativity. He has remained active in producing imaginative and challenging work ever since the first Turned Object Show in 1981. His sculptures and writings have been featured in over 31 books, 186 exhibitions, 51 published articles, and are held in over 15 significant museum and private collections. In 2005, Steve retired as a Professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) in order to become the Founding Director of the Center for Turning and Furniture Design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He retired in 2016 as Professor Emeritus and maintains an active studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Christian Burchard is a German trained woodworker and sculptor active in the US for the last 40 years and is currently a studio artist working in Southern Oregon. Burchard started out his career with furniture and timber framing, then moved to wood turning and sculpture. He has taught extensively at various organizations across the country for the last 20 years. His work has been collected by over twenty-five museums and is in many private collections. Burchard has shown at many important venues like SOFA Chicago and the Smithsonian and Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. His work is marked by a continuing search for the unexpected, the unpredictable, while using mostly green wood in a variety of ways.

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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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