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The Foundations of Woodturning

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Robert Lyon  ·  robertflyon.com

Workshop at a glance

This workshop will provide a thorough introduction to all aspects of woodturning, allowing students to acquire the skills necessary to safely continue turning at home.


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


  • Dry and freshly cut green wood


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

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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Workshop Description

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.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


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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