Enriching lives through art and craft

Tool Making for Turners

July 18 - 23, 2021

Beth Ireland  ·  bethireland.net

Workshop at a glance

Tool making and sharpening will improve your technical understanding of woodturning and allow you to make the shapes that you conceive, instead of settling with what your current tools allow.


  • Making tools and learning to sharpen, hone, and use them for woodturning
  • Cutting, turning, and carving with your own handmade tools


  • Hard wood
  • Bar and round stock for tool making


  • Making and sharpening tools
  • Creating turned and carved objects with your own tools

Artist Bio

Beth Ireland lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida where her studio provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. She earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo and an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the three-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.
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Workshop Description

Students will be introduced to the simple act of making and sharpening tools made from bar and round stock. You will learn appropriate grinds for spindle gouges, parting tools, skews, hollowing tools, and carving knives. Once made, participants will learn proper cutting techniques to create turned and carved objects as well as some jigs to help hold objects while turning. This class will provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for all students. Tool making will rally up your skills and help resolve most problems that occur in your shop. This class is for the beginner to the intermediate.

COURSE FEE: $675  ·  download the materials list

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