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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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Taking a raw tree and turning it into a bowl is one of the most satisfying feelings and experiences I know.

If this situation hasn’t happened yet to you, it will…

Someone offers you a branch or a few logs or points you in the direction of a downed tree they noticed on the way to work.

At first, this can all seem very exciting. But then the reality of the situation and the real questions begin.

  • How and where do I cut the wood?
  • Where should I store the cut wood?
  • Do I let the wood dry or turn it now?

Whether you’d like to turn a bowl from a small branch that fell in your yard, or if you want to process an entire large tree into wood bowls, this online eCourse is for you.

This online eCourse is a practical guide to harvesting, processing, storing, and drying wood to make bowls.

We will cover the most critical topics to understand the role moisture plays in wood handling. We will learn many ways to locate and cut bowl blanks from raw trees, and we will explore how to safely store and dry the cut or turned wood to reduce and prevent cracking.

This online eCourse will give you real-world examples and information so you can quickly understand what to do the next time you see logs stacked in a ditch or find a storm has downed a neighborhood tree.

We will not be doing complicated math equations or chemistry formulas for determining moisture content. Instead, you will learn hands-on practical techniques that will yield beautiful final bowls.

While we won’t be turning in this eCourse (that’s covered in another eCourse), we will be covering every aspect of preparing wood for the turning process.

Some people speak of “green wood” as a product you might pick up at a local store. However, as we will discuss in detail, rarely is this the case. Often, two pieces of green wood are not the same, nor do they turn or dry similarly.

This means we have to learn to understand the true meaning of green wood and learn how to handle and store it properly. That’s what this course is all about.

My goal for you is to see and find new resources of bowl-turning material around you and get the most from each piece available.

Not only is processing green wood cost-saving and ecological, but it’s enriching to be able to repurpose material that was otherwise destined for firewood, waste, or decomposition.

I have been turning trees into bowls for years now, and I’m excited to share with you the knowledge and wonder I’ve discovered on this journey.

And I’m also eager to help you better understand and overcome some generalizations and myths about green wood processing, storing, and drying.

So sit back, enjoy the lessons and get ready to see how easy it can be to turn raw trees into wood bowls.

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Hi Kent,
Living in Oklahoma I don’t have much access to hardwood trees – lots of pine and oak. So I periodically purchase overpriced blocks of exotic wood that is green and sealed with wax. I’m hoping this course will help me deal with the drying process of the blocks to minimize cracking of these beautiful woods.

Kent W (Administrator) February 3, 2024 at

Thank you for writing and sharing! You’re in the right place. Enjoy!
All the best to you and Happy Turning!

Kent W (Administrator) February 3, 2024 at

I almost forgot. Pay attention to nicer neighborhoods in your area. Many times you can find “ditch wood” that is not usual when trees are taken down or trimmed. Specimen trees in landscaping can run the gamut of species and you might be able to pick up some interesting material for turning.
Happy Turning!

Jeffrey Kaufman December 26, 2023 at

Hi Kent- as part of my introduction I have been turning for years but recently retired and I am spending more time in the shop. I asked for this video course for Christmas. I have enjoyed your YouTube videos but I was looking for more information about processing green wood. I picked up a new to me Oneway 24/36 in May and have roughed out approximately 100 bowls. my problem is wood movement, how to keep them from cracking, and exactly where in the log should I be cutting my rounds from. looking forward to learning all about it.

Kent W (Administrator) January 5, 2024 at

Welcome, and you are in the right place. We will cover everything you need to know about wood movement and cracking, or rather the avoiding of cracking.
All the best to you and Happy Turning!
Kent January 16, 2023 at

Just finished the sharpening course. Just bought tree to bowl. In your opening video I kinda got the idea I should take wood bowl turning first.
What’s your thoughts?

Kent W (Administrator) February 1, 2023 at

Good question.

It’s a toss-up. Sharpening is the most important and should be a priority. Well done.
I think you can do the Tree to Bowl course without turning. You will also be able to come back to it for refreshers as needed.

If you have access to timber and plan to make bowl blanks, then Tree to Bowl first makes sense next. If you will be turning purchased blanks, then you can wait to do the Tree to Bowl after the Turning course.

I hope the helped! All the best to you and Happy Turning! August 31, 2022 at

Hi Kent,

Been building furniture for 40+ years. Bought a lathe about 2 years ago and started doing spindle work. Built some instrument stands for musician friends. Decided to try turning some bowls last spring and it did not work so well. After my first attempt went sailing past my head, I decided it was time for some competent instruction!

Took your sharpening course. Made a huge difference! Far better than youtube videos, videos from a tool supplier, and videos provided with popular jig. Made a huge difference, including for spindle gouges that I use for straight grain turning.

Took the Bowl Turning Course, just finishing the first series of bowls. Everything went well, and even though they are southern yellow pine, they turned out great – my wife has already claimed a couple of them. Your explanations and demonstrations are superb! One key thing is that I feel safer working with bowl turning, especially after my first attempts before the course. I am now looking forward to doing more bowl turning.

I live in the country is Central Kentucky. In the past I have harvested timber and had it cut for traditional woodworking, stacked it and let it dry naturally. Over the past year I also set aside some pieces for bowl turning and sealed them. After the first two courses, I am looking forward to getting started on them.

I will also be harvesting some additional trees on my property over the next month, including a walnut, sycamore, birch, honey locust and Bradford pear tree. I am really looking forward to this course so that I can efficiently harvest and use the wood for some bowls!

Your first two courses were excellent and probably saved me a lot of money. A good friend of mine who is doing excellent work has taken several courses at a well known woodworking school in the midwest, at a cost of thousands of dollars.

Again, I am looking forward to this course and will probably have a number of questions.



Kent W (Administrator) September 7, 2022 at


Thank you for writing and sharing! Thanks for joining the courses and especially thank you for your support and kind words.

I wish you all the best. With that collection of trees lined up for harvest, you’re going to be a busy turner. Have fun with it and enjoy the whole process!

All the best to you and Happy Turning!


I am sorry I haven’t had a chance to get into this class yet after coming down with COVID and then getting a pacemaker. I am fine now and want to jump into this class.

We are going on a 2-week cruise and I was wondering if you had a PDF of the course that I could take with me and read while we’ve got sea-days? I don’t know if I will have the internet on the cruise where I could access your website?

Thank you very much,


Kent W (Administrator) June 27, 2022 at


I’m glad you are recovered. That sounded like an ordeal!

I do not have a PDF version of the course because the lessons are heavily dependent on the videos. However, you can print out each page of the course and read the text for the lessons.

Or, just enjoy that cruise (sounds amazing) and have turning in the back of your head as the treat awaiting you when you get back home. 😉

All the best to you and Happy Turning!

Hi Kent,

I have been eagerly awaiting this new course from you for months. I’m so glad to now have it. I’m sure it’s going to make a fantastic difference in what I turn. I’m thanking you in advance because your track record for courses is so excellent. 😉

Signed up today and greatly looking forward to this course. Content looks great!

We’ll done, Kent!

Kent W (Administrator) November 3, 2021 at


Thank you for joining! Enjoy!

All the best to you and Happy Turning!

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