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Hi, I’m Kent

Hi! I’m Kent, a husband, dad, papa, graphic designer, photographer, artist, traveler, birder, dark chocolate lover and I’m addicted to turning wood bowls! Learn more about me, see the online courses I made for you, and join our group on Facebook. Ready for your wood bowl adventure? Click here to Get Started

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Course Q&A

What will be covered in this course?

The content section to the left contains the lesson headings for each lesson. Be sure to click the arrow links at the bottom of the contents list to view the multiple content pages and numerous lessons.

In general, we will be covering the overall understanding of green wood, with a significant focus on moisture content and correctly dealing with the many stresses within raw wood. These stresses, left unchecked, can be the source of cracking and frustrations. We will explore how to find, locate, cut bowl blanks, properly store and dry them to reduce and prevent cracks.

Who is this course for?

We will be taking much guesswork and many myths out of the entire green wood process in this course.

Anyone with the desire to learn how to take a piece of natural, raw timber and move it along the process to become a turned bowl will benefit significantly from this course.

The ability or desire to turn wood on a lathe is necessary but is not the focus of this course. We will mainly deal with the handling and preparation of raw timber up to the turning point.

Some physical work will be required, but, as you will see, even small manageable branches can yield unique turnings.

If you’d like to simply process a single log well or learn how to manage an entire tree with minimal waste, this course is for you.

Can I download the videos?

Videos are not downloadable but are accessible within this course from any device connected to the internet.

How do I access this course?

You can log in with your user name (email address used when purchasing) and password on any device that has an internet connection.

How will this eCourse improve my turning?

By learning how to convert raw wood into bowl blanks yourself, you will gain the knowledge to produce balanced blanks with controlled grain direction personally selected by you.

You will be able to make creative decisions in the field even before you get to the lathe, and you will be much more connected to the green wood resource and the entire creative process of making turned wooden bowls.

09/10/22 Video Links Added to Lesson 3-11

Collapse Comments November 22, 2023 at

Hi Kent,
I’m considering the Tree to bowl course and live in Australia. How much of the course references specific Amercan trees that I have no access to nor their physical characteristics?

Kent W (Administrator) November 23, 2023 at

Thank you for writing and sharing! Great question.
We cover the characteristics you will need to apply for any tree(s) anywhere in the world.
Yes, we talk about some American species, but those are just examples.
You will learn what to look for in the trees around you.
All the best to you and Happy Turning!

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