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Turning Bowls: From Simple to Sublime

August 11 - 16, 2024

Rudolph Lopez  ·  website

Workshop Overview

During this workshop students will create turned bowls of every shape and type including open and closed form bowls, long natural-edge bowls, thin bowls, square bowls, wing bowls, and bowls limited only by your imagination and creativity. Beginning with the basic fundamentals of woodturning — good tool control, bevel supported cuts, and sharp tools students will learn the technique of turning thin, uninterrupted cuts and refine skills, allowing students to get more creative. Students will explore a variety of bowl styles and shapes using both green and dry woods while keeping an eye on creating a pleasing aesthetic form. This workshop will examine log selection, design and layout, limb and grain orientation, crotch figure, keeping or eliminating features or flaws in the wood, all which strongly influence the piece. This is not a beginner-level class, but open to advanced-intermediate to advanced-skill levels.


  • Tool selection, sharpening, and handling, with particular emphasis on mastering the bowl gouge
  • When and why to use different bowl gouge bevel angles
  • The value of the negative rake scraper
  • Achieving cleanly cut surfaces that require minimum sanding


  • 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


  • Developing a thorough understanding of the bowl gouge
  • Discovering the skill and finesse to achieve a cleanly cut surface
  • Making thin wing style bowls



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

Artist Bio

Rudy Lopez is a professional woodturner and teacher at his studio in Tampa, Florida. He has over 40 years of experience in turning, furniture making, and cabinetmaking. Lopez demonstrates at regional and national symposia, including those of the American Association of Woodturners, and teaches at clubs and schools across the country. His work was featured in juried exhibitions at AAW symposia and at the Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Rudy Lopez
  • Rudy Lopez
  • Rudy Lopez
  • Rudy Lopez


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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