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Woodturning For The Human Hand

May 29, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Janine Wang  ·  janinewang.com

Workshop at a glance

Use the lathe to design objects meant to be held.


  • Drawing and ideating between object, paper, and lathe
  • Iteration and critical thinking about everyday objects


  • Poplar and assorted hardwood
  • Paper and pencil, some reading
  • Hardware for functional objects


  • Developing your own voice and access your inspiration
  • Critically challenge traditional assumptions
  • Create one unique functional (or intentionally dysfunctional) object

Artist Bio

Janine Wang is a craftsperson who lives in Philadelphia and is a part-time faculty member in the Fine Woodworking Department at Bucks County Community College. She holds a BA from The Cooper Union Private School in New York City and an MA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Wang works in the retail home design industry, while keeping one foot firmly rooted in the woodturning and hand-crafted world. She has held exhibitions and participated in residences including the inaugural Spring Pentaculum at Arrowmont.
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Workshop Description

During this class students will use the lathe to design and create handheld objects. The goal of the class is for you to develop form language through drawing, drafting, and experimentation. Through class discussion, exercises, and lecture, participants will discover what features, dimensions, and functions they will need to create their form, how they relate to each other, and how they tie into human behavior and psyche. Various hardware will be available to help make your everyday object well-matched to the developed form. During class you will turn samples and culminate in one finished functional object. Open to all skill levels, however previous experience with woodturning is preferred.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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