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Multi Axis Spindle Turning

October 10 - 15, 2021

Barbara Dill

Workshop at a glance

Learn a systematic way to understand multi axis spindle turning. Increase your skill and tool control. Explore the many designs that are possible to create between centers. Rather than relying on random axis changes and luck, you will learn how to systematically think and explore this area of turning. This understanding will allow you to find your own creative voice using these ideas. This class is best suited for students who have skill turning spindles.


  • Multi-axis spindle turning on the lathe
  • Carving, texturing, and finishing


  • Maple or cherry wood
  • Turning and roughing gouges


  • Skill with multi-axis spindle turning
  • Shaping and crafting techniques

Artist Bio

Barbara Dill started her woodturning careen at Arrowmont in 1990 after a career in nursing. She refined her skills by attending symposiums, classes, and meetings through the years. Her fascination with multi axis turning began in the 90’s. Her discoveries lead to a systematic way to understand multi axis spindle turning. Her first articles were published in the American Woodturner in 2007. She has been teaching this conceptual model of multi axis spindle turning since 2006 in the US and Canada. Her book, Multi Axis Spindle Turning, was published in 2018. When in her studio, she continues to chase forms and experiment with various local woods.

Workshop Description

Understand all aspects of multi axis spindle turning, from axis placement to types of results. Learn how to apply variables to morph an idea into other forms to create unique objects. We will make small samples to represent various types of spindles. Each student can decide on a final project. Bring samples of your work and ideas. Open to all levels of turning although competency at spindle turning is an asset.

COURSE FEE: $800  ·  download the materials list

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