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Lathe Based Wood Sculpture

July 24 - 29, 2022 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Derek Weidman  ·  derekweidman.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore freeform and unorthodox carving methods and multi-axis woodturning to create non-functional wood sculptures.


  • Multi-axis woodturning
  • Handcarving and tool-carving
  • Airbrushing
  • Pyrography


  • Green/fresh cut wood
  • Carving tools (hand tools, rotary carvers, angle grinders, carving chainsaws)
  • Airbrushes and paint
  • Propane torches


  • Turned wooden sculptures
  • Knowledge of multi-axis turning and shaping techniques for circular and arched sculpture

Artist Bio

Derek Weidman is a full-time sculptor who lives in rural Pennsylvania close to Philadelphia. He has spent nearly two decades working with wood and a decade exploring the sculptural capabilities of a wood lathe. Weidman is known for innovating and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis work, expressed in his animal series which reside in public collections and museums, and many private collections around the world.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

This workshop is a freeform exploration of unorthodox carving techniques with the structure focused on understanding various shaping processes. Students will learn to use multi-axis turning, supplemented with other tools such as angle grinders, rotary carvers, carving chainsaws, airbrushes and propane torches. Techniques taught include ways to achieve novel and exciting shapes and designs. The wood lathe is at the center of this class but rather than turning bowls and vessels, expect to turn animals, flowers or other items possessing a unique visual language of circles and arcs. Open to all skill levels, however experience with drawing, turning and dexterous hand skills are advised.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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