Enriching lives through art and craft

Search results will show here

Exploring Greenwood Vessels and Boxes

June 23 - 28, 2024

Mark Gardner  · www.markgardnerstudio.com

Workshop Overview

Students will explore the use of greenwood for making both hollow forms and lidded boxes from greenwood. Emphasis will be placed on “nontraditional” methods of hollow turning to avoid having to hollow out a vessel through a small opening. Lidded boxes will be made using techniques based on the Scandinavian shrink box method. This method takes advantage of the natural movement of the wood as it dries to lock a dry piece of wood in place for the box bottom. Both boxes and vessels will become canvases for surface embellishment. Decorative techniques that will be covered include carving, engraving, burning, painting and dying.


  • carving
  • engraving
  • burning
  • painting
  • dying


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Hollow forms
  • Lidded boxes
  • Sample boards of surface embellishment techniques.


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

Artist Bio

Mark Gardner has been turning wood since he was a teenager living in Cincinnati. He now resides in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina where he turns functional bowls and decorative vessels. Mark teaches workshops around the country for turning clubs and craft schools. He has work in the public collections of the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Craft and Design, New York. Mark’s work has appeared in various publications including New Masters of Woodturning and Scratching the Surface as well as articles in Fine Woodworking magazine.

ART WORKSTENNESSEE ARTS COMMISIONTENNESSEE FOR THE ARTSTennessee Specialty License PlatesEAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATIONWindgate Foundation Arrowmont is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Donation to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

How much would you like to donate?
$50 $100 $250
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Current Mailing Address
Additional Note
A current mailing address is required to receive an acknowledgement/tax receipt.