Last Update: February 21, 2018
The Ohio Valley Woodturner Guild's new Learning Center located in the Carl, Robert, Richard and Dorothy Lindner Annex of the Kennedy Heights Art Center allows us to offer a variety of classes. These currently include hands-on classes, three-day classes, and turn and learn classes. The hands-on classes and three-day classes provide you with opportunities to learn from some of the world's best turners without having to leave home. As in the past, hands-on classes will be conducted on Sunday following professional demonstrations. During 2016 and 2017 professional turners conducted three-day classes during the week following their demonstration or as stand alone sessions. These classes will be similar (a shortened version) to what one might take at a school such as Marc Adams or Arrowmont or John C. Campbell or Anderson Ranch. This is a new offering that started in 2016 and is of great service to our members.
These classes typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Sunday following our Saturday monthly meetings. Each hands-on workshop is limited to 8 participants. The classes are usually in high demand so it is important that you register early in order to assure that space is available.
The Learning Center is equipped with 8 Jet midi lathes (1221's), five larger lathes for instructor use, a band saw and other equipment normally used in a woodturning shop.
In addition to the registration fee of $125.00 there may be a materials fee for wood or other items. If this is the case you will be notified in advance so that you can provide the fee to the co-ordinator for these materials. If you have your own tools and personal safety equipment you should bring them. For beginners OVWG has a limited selection of basic tools that you may use. If special tools are required for a specific project you will be notified in advance so that you have time to secure (purchase or borrow) the items needed. In some cases the professional demonstrator may have the needed tools for sale or she/he may bring extras for you to use. At any rate you will be provided with a tool list well before the class is conducted.
See the Event Calendar for the list of the hands-on classes currently scheduled for 2018. Details of what will be covered in these classes will be added to the website under the Event Calendar date as the date comes closer. If you are interested in taking a class you may reserve a space by registering on-line and pay with your credit card. You can do this by clicking on "Register here" by the desired event listed below or on the class on the "Event Calendar". Once there, click on the "Register Now" button located on the right side of the window then follow the various steps indicated (contact me if you have difficulty). If you do not want to register on-line you may contact me by phone or e-mail and send a check made out to OVWG for $125.00 to:
PO Box 328
Winchester, OH 45697
If you cancel a class, your class fee will be refunded only if there is someone on the wait list (see below) to fill your spot.
Be sure to include appropriate contact information such as e-mail address and telephone number (this is automatic if you register on-line). Once the class is filled you are given the option of placing your name on a wait list. This can also be completed on-line by following the same steps as outlined above. No fee will be required until you are notified that a space is available.
Reservations are not complete until payment has been received!
Professional turners are scheduled to conduct three-day classes in 2018. Check the calendar for updates. Like the hands-on classes, they will be held in the OVWG Learning Center. In 2016, Alan Lacer, Liam O'Neill, John Jordan and Jimmy Clewes conducted three-day classes. In 2017, Rudy Lopez and Chris Ramsey conducted three-day classes.The registration process is the same as that described above for the hands-on classes. Each of these classes will charged a basic rate (check Event Calendar) plus a fee for wood and/or other materials and supplies. Registration may be completed online or by sending a check made out to OVWG to Nancy Bowman (address above).
Home Grown Classes
From time to time OVWG members share tr expertise/interest and present day classes in the Learning Center. On the Home page click on the Event Calendar to find a class that might of interest to you. Click here Event Calendar to find a class of interest.
Classes such as the following have been offered in the past:
Introduction to Woodturning and the Learning Center
Turn and Learn Classes
- Green Bowl Turning
- Dry Bowl Turning
- Basic Spindle Turning
Pens for Troops
If you are interested in leading a class, contact Nancy Bowman or KC Kendall to set up a time.