Turning Wooden Bowls – September 1

Sep 1, 2022 4:00 pm

Chimera Arts and Maker Space 6791 Sebastopol Avenue Suite 180 Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States


Wooden bowls are among the most intimate and ancient forms of turned wooden object, and they’re incredibly fun and satisfying to make.

In this class you will learn:

– Safe and efficient cutting techniques

– How to sharpen your tools (it’s so much more important than you might think!)

– All the steps between the fresh-cut log and the finished bowl

– Basics of design

– Care and feeding of the wood lathe

For beginners, the first lessons will focus on cutting technique using freshly-cut green wood, and on tool sharpening. The emphasis is on building skills rather than completing a specific project. Once a student is comfortable working green wood, they can shift to dry wood to produce finished pieces.

Intermediate turners, depending on skill level, can focus on a variety of projects or techniques in consultation with the instructor. Techniques can include form modifications such as integral handles or feet, surface embellishment, paint and other finishes, and carving.

What to bring

– $15 material fee for prepared greenwood turning blanks, cash or check paid to the instructor. Please note that for intermediate students requiring dry stock or roughed dry blanks the materials fee may be higher.

– Turning tools if you have them (we can discuss proper sharpening and tool care)

– Closed-toe shoes

– A turning smock or high-necked shirt, plus a spare shirt to change into after the lesson (green wood is very wet!)

– Notepad or sketchbook for taking notes

If you have any questions please contact Kalia at kalia.kliban@gmail.com.

About the instructor

Kalia Kliban has been a professional woodworker since the early 1990s. She started as a cabinet and furniture maker, spent some time working in guitar making and instrument repair, and since 2011 has been solely focused on making wooden bowls, plates and other functional turned items. Her work has been featured in the magazines American Woodturner and Woodworker West, and in shows across the country. She is proud to have her work on view at Sebastopol Gallery (150 North Main Street, Sebastopol), and in private collections from coast to coast.