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The Foundations of Woodturning

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Robert Lyon  ·  website

Workshop Overview

If you’re new to woodturning or someone looking for a thorough refresher, this workshop is for you! This workshop will cover all aspects of the fundamentals of woodturning, from tool sharpening to finishing. Students will learn to safely use the lathe and its tools as they make beautiful and useful objects such as spinning tops, letter openers, lamp pulls, kitchen utensils, bottle stoppers and bowls. This workshop will start with the foundation of all woodturning — spindle turning using dry wood, and progress to bowls turned from freshly cut green logs. Students will learn to properly use the spindle and bowl gouges, when and how to adjust the tool rest, and to recognize when you’re “riding the bevel”. Options for surface embellishment and finishing materials/techniques will be discussed and demonstrated.


  • Working safely at the lathe
  • Sharpening your turning tools
  • Step-by-step instruction
  • Surface embellishments


  • 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


  • Various spindle projects
  • The ability to safely continue working at the lathe at home
  • Making beautiful and useful objects



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

Artist Bio

Robert Lyon is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina. For 38 years he taught ceramics, glassblowing, and sculpture at LSU and USC. He has been the recipient of many awards and grants, which include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship in sculpture, and a Southeastern Artists Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Lyon has been an artist-in-residence at Artpark, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Arts/Industry Residency Program – John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and was a resident fellow with the 2009 Windgate International Turning Exchange. In 2014 Robert was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft from the South Carolina Arts Commission. He has taught woodturing at several schools including the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, John C. Campbell Folk School, Peters Valley and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He is represented by Momentum Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina, and resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

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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.

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.

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