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Off Center: Multi-Axis Turning and Carving

August 4 - 9, 2024

Laurent Niclot  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, students will focus on multi-axis turning and carving, with the goal of creating forms that are outside the box. Starting with simple projects, students will learn the basics of multi-axis: how to turn it, plan it and visualize it. Throughout the week projects will progress from multi-axis turning to enhancement off the lathe through the use of rasps, carving gouges and rotary tools. Students will also have the opportunity to use multi-axis turning techniques to generate textures and surfaces, for detail work and even apply it to hollow forms. Students will leave with a solid understanding of multi-axis turning and carving, and a variety of techniques to apply towards their own work. Open to all skill levels.


  • Multi-axis turning
  • Hand carving
  • Power carving
  • Design and creation of sculptural pieces
  • Tool control


  • 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


  • Multi-axis exercises
  • Finished projects using multi-axis and carving
  • Use of hand tools and rotary tools for carving and texturing,
  • Understanding of the principle of multi-axis and how to draw the axis



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

Artist Bio

Originally from Southern France and now living in Colorado, Laurent has always loved wood. While working on a degree in woodworking and furniture design, he discovered woodturning and knew it was his passion. At age 20, Laurent participated in a six-month long woodturning class at the Escoulen School in Aiguines, France with Jean-François Escoulen and Yann Marot. At the end of the workshop, Laurent was hired at the Escoulen School and worked as the studio coordinator for three years. Today, he continues to make work and teach woodturning workshops. His interests include traditional woodturning, texturing, coloring, multi-axis turning, carving and hollowing. He has taught his techniques around the world, including Belgium, France, Canada and the US. Laurent considers his work experimental and strives to make pieces that are sculptural, decorative, and designed with a strong message or story.

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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.

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