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Open Bowls to Hollow Forms

July 17 - 22, 2022

David Ellsworth  ·  ellsworthstudios.com

Workshop at a glance

Take your woodturning skills to the next level with bowl and hollow form techniques, exploration of design concepts, and advanced problem solving on and off the lathe. This class is best suited for intermediate-to-advanced students.


  • Making hollow forms on the lathe
  • Incorporating design into hollow forms
  • Line as volume in design


  • Various hard woods
  • Wood lathe and the Ellsworth Signature Gouge
  • Hollowing tools


  • Creating open bowls and hollow forms
  • Knowledge of other successful woodturners in the field
  • Experience with hollowing tools

Artist Bio

David Ellsworth operates his own private school of woodturning at his studio in Weaverville, North Carolina. He has become known as one of the premier designers of hollow wooden vessel forms. Ellsworth is a fellow and former trustee of the American Craft Council. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Membership Award from the American Association of Woodtuners and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art. And he received the prestigious Master of the Medium Award in wood from the Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2021, Ellsworth received the 2021 Visionary Award from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
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Workshop Description

Students will make open bowls and hollow forms on the lathe by incorporating the design concept of “line as volume” rather than “line as shape.” You will use digital images to reference the influence other turners have experienced in their careers. Participants will learn the refinements of using the Ellsworth Signature Gouge and should have a good understanding of the instructor’s book, Ellsworth on Woodturning. Ellsworth’s hollowing tools and Crown Signature Gouges are available for use and/or purchase. Students are free to bring their own tools and hollowing systems. This is not a beginner-level class, but open to advanced-intermediate to advanced-skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $950  ·  materials list

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Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop

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