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Wood Lathe Basics & Turning Techniques

February 22 @ 6:00 pm


Wooden Lathe Tool Training Session at Artisan’s Asylum
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday; 2/22/21 – 2/26/21

The wood lathe is a fantastic tool for adding artistic flourishes to woodworking projects. In this class, students will learn the basics of spindle turning and safe operation of the lathe. Topics covered will be the anatomy of the lathe, project planning including ways of mounting stock to the lathe as well as turning tools and their various purposes. Project in class will be to rough out a wood “blank” and learn how to turn basic shapes such as coves and beads. Students will learn how to finish a piece while on the lathe including sanding and adding a protective coating.

The skills learned in this class will be directly applicable in reproducing objects such as staircase spindles, table legs etc.

The goal of this class will be to train a student to the point where they can use the wood lathe at the Artisan’s Asylum safely and independently. Students will learn the fundamental skills necessary for spindle turning.

Students should wear shop-appropriate clothes – closed-toe shoes, no dangly jewelry, or straps, and long hair should be tied back. Students should plan to bring their own PPE; protective eyeware is available for those who do not have their own.

Materials Fee

$25 materials fee is due to the Instructor at the beginning of class.

Class Dates

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday; 2/22/21 – 2/26/21

Instructor: Sal Mancini

COVID-19 UPDATE: The safety of our community, members, and instructors remains our greatest priority. Artisan’s Asylum is closely following the guidelines set by the CDC and Massachusetts regarding COVID-19. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns before your class, and do not come if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID.

This class may be postponed should state and/or local officials roll back to earlier phases; in this case, we will reschedule you for a later date.

When you arrive please be sure to:

– Wear a mask at all times

– Adhere to social distancing rules

– Be aware that this class has capacity limits to ensure your safety

– Limit your activities leading up to and during the class sessions so that you and your classmates stay safe


Artisan’s Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States