Apr
6
Fri
NCFS Women’s Woodturning Weekend @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm

The North Carolina Furniture School is proud to announce our first Women’s Woodturning Weekend! This event has been advertised only by word of mouth and we are SOLD OUT!!! We are expecting 20+ women to attend, with woodturning experience ranging from novice to expert. We have 20 lathes tuned up and ready along with three material bundles per participant for this turning extravaganza!

Four professional Artists will demonstrate for the group including: Beth Ireland, Barbara Dill, Scarlette Rouse, and Kathy Merk. These women are accomplished turners and have graciously donated their time and expertise to support the North Carolina Furniture School by helping us get the word out about this event, and to a broader degree, about the school itself. We send a very heartfelt thank you to each of these special artists for making this event possible – most especially to Scarlette Rouse for all the hard work and diligence she has put into this for us! it is truly a privilege to host each of you.

We look forward to meeting each of the individuals that registered for the weekend – hope you’re ready for a terrific experience!

Beth Ireland

Beth earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the 3-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida

 

 

Barbara Dill

I started carving wood using a mallet and chisel in the 80’s, before I was aware of turned wood. I became fascinated with wood and the many forms that could be carved. When I started using a lathe, I saw that it took much less effort to create bowl and hollow forms than with hand tools. But in turning on one axis, I was limited to symmetrical forms, and it was the asymmetrical, multi axis spindle work that I started noticing that really caught my eye.

So I started exploring this area of turning in the 90s. It was fun, but I was relying on luck to define forms that I thought were interesting. Not knowing what to do next, I got frustrated and moved on to other types of turning.
In 2006, my focus turned to figuring out a way to understand using more than one axis when turning spindles; particularly, to find forms that can be made between the headstock and the tailstock without using jigs.
This body of work is based on the systematic exploration of multi axis spindle turning. It is based on experimenting with the many variables, the types of outcomes that can be made by using any number of axes and the depth of the cut.  The ideas are limitless.
I enjoy the shadows that fall on a piece as well as the dance the wood does on the lathe while it is being created. The forms can be chaotic or calming.
The joy of creating something with my hands has been exciting and fulfilling.

 

Kathy Merk

My fascination with wood started over 5 years ago when I was introduced to wood turning at the Charlotte Home Show and discovered a creative side of myself that I didn’t know I had.  From that point forward, I immersed myself in learning everything I could about woodturning, relief carving and wood embellishment.  During my second year of turning, I was given the position of Program Coordinator at the Southern Piedmont Woodturning club in Concord and for three years, I had the opportunity to seek out and bring in local, regional and national wood

 turners to conduct demonstrations and weekend workshops. After two years in the club I was elected President and served for the following two years.  I orchestrated a juried show at Clearwater Artists Studio called ‘Artistry in Woodturning’ in which 70 pieces of art were displayed by 16 wood turners.

 
I enjoy turning various wood forms.  Ecological sensibility prevents my harvesting living trees solely for the purpose of turning wood. Five years ago after a weekend workshop with Dixie Biggs at our club, I enrolled in John C. Campbell folk school and took a week long course with Dixie on relief carving and have been using my micro-carver ever since.  I am very involved in my community with fund raising, turning at local fairs and events and can always be found giving away spinning tops. I am a member of the American Association of Woodturning and a regional representative for Women in Turning.

Scarlette Rouse

I have always enjoyed working with wood, starting with refinishing furniture in my early teens. I took a woodworking class in 2005 and started building rocking toys and anything else my eight grandchildren wanted. In 2007, I was fascinated by someone on television making pens so I decided I would give that a try. I ordered a midi lathe that came with a set of tools, pen kits and DVD’s. It took me three hours to turn one pen because I didn’t know how to tighten the tailstock, plus I didn’t have sharp tools. I took two classes from a woodworking store in 2009 and I joined my first woodturning club. Eventually, turning got put on the back burner because I was busy making toys for sale for neighborhood people. I longed to turn so I stopped doing flatwork and joined a bigger club in December 2013, and took many workshops through that club. I’ve also had the privilege to take classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. I’ve tried to absorb all I can from any woodturner I’m around. I love to pass along what I’ve learned as other turners have to me. I love to see the expressions of people while they are learning something new. I consider myself truly blessed to be able to be a woodturner and I hope to encourage others along this wonderful journey.

 

Apr
18
Wed
Mobile Woodturning Class: Pitt County Senior Center @ Pitt County Senior Center
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come visit us at the Pitt County Senior Center every 3rd Wednesday at 3:00 pm for an on site, hands-on woodturning lesson in our Mobile Classroom!

We are excited this new partnership and look forward to meeting you! Each month we will bring 8 wood lathes to the Senior Center so you can have the opportunity to make wooden bowls and other fun wood objects. We will also cover topics like tool safety, joinery, wood finishing, etc. Each class will last two hours, and are open to all ages 18 and up so come join us! Be sure to like us and share the North Carolina Furniture School with your family and friends!

You can register for this event at the Pitt County Senior Center by clicking the ticket link on this page, or on our Facebook page, Eventbrite, or get in touch with the Senior Center directly:

 

the North Carolina Furniture School
Director, Stuart Kent
email: info@ncfurnitureschool.com
phone: 252.916.8226

Lori Cortright
Director of Senior Center Operations
Pitt County Council on Aging
4551 County Home Rd.
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone: 252-752-1717 ext. 13
Fax: 252-752-9365
www.pittcoa.com

 

 

Apr
21
Sat
Introduction to Woodturning @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:00 pm

North Carolina Furniture School Weekend Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning

Join us for two full days of woodturning! This course is designed to introduce you to the tools and techniques for safe, efficient woodturning. It’s a good course for beginners because it starts with the basics, provides a strong foundation in shop safety, and launches you right into fast and efficient woodturning. You will gain a solid understanding of common tooling, machine options and features, types of cuts, basic lathe joinery for furniture making, spindle turning, bowl turning, and more!

Both days will begin with a morning presentation and Q & A session, followed by hands-on learning at the lathe. Materials are included. Samples will include a bead and cove set, cylinders, cones, joinery samples, and a completed wooden bowl.

We look forward to meeting you in person, reserve your spot today – seats are limited and fill very quickly!

 

Apr
27
Fri
Hollow Form Woodturning Master Class. April 27 – 28 @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm
North Carolina Furniture School Woodturning Master Class: Hollow Form Woodturning

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED WOODTURNING SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION

Join us for two full days of woodturning and learn techniques for making hollow vessels. This course introduces the materials and methods for safe, efficient woodturning, with emphasis on making fine wooden hollow vessels for utility and display. Hollow Form Woodturning is a good course for all woodworking skill levels. The course will lead students through material preparation, design, tooling, hands-on woodturning, and finishing. So if you are just beginning or have been turning for a while and are ready to advance your skills with hollow vessel turning you will love this class!

We look forward to meeting you for a full day of woodturning, reserve your seat today – only 8 seats for this course and they fill quickly!

 

252.916.8226
info@ncfurnitureschool.com

May
5
Sat
NCFS Woodturning Club @ the North Carolina Furniture School
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NCFS Woodturning Club meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 12 pm.

Each week one of our members (or occasionally a special guest) will demonstrate woodturning techniques. On the weeks where time permits, members are encouraged to try the new lesson on one of our lathes. Please bring your own chisels and safety gear.

NCFS Woodturning Club members benefits include:

  • special discounts on lumber
  • special discounts on tools and equipment
  • special discounts on NCFS classes & special events
  • group rates for conferences

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

May
16
Wed
Mobile Woodturning Class: Pitt County Senior Center @ Pitt County Senior Center
May 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come visit us at the Pitt County Senior Center every 3rd Wednesday at 3:00 pm for an on site, hands-on woodturning lesson in our Mobile Classroom!

We are excited this new partnership and look forward to meeting you! Each month we will bring 8 wood lathes to the Senior Center so you can have the opportunity to make wooden bowls and other fun wood objects. We will also cover topics like tool safety, joinery, wood finishing, etc. Each class will last two hours, and are open to all ages 18 and up so come join us! Be sure to like us and share the North Carolina Furniture School with your family and friends!

You can register for this event at the Pitt County Senior Center by clicking the ticket link on this page, or on our Facebook page, Eventbrite, or get in touch with the Senior Center directly:

 

the North Carolina Furniture School
Director, Stuart Kent
email: info@ncfurnitureschool.com
phone: 252.916.8226

Lori Cortright
Director of Senior Center Operations
Pitt County Council on Aging
4551 County Home Rd.
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone: 252-752-1717 ext. 13
Fax: 252-752-9365
www.pittcoa.com

 

 

Jun
2
Sat
NCFS Woodturning Club @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NCFS Woodturning Club meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 12 pm.

Each week one of our members (or occasionally a special guest) will demonstrate woodturning techniques. On the weeks where time permits, members are encouraged to try the new lesson on one of our lathes. Please bring your own chisels and safety gear.

NCFS Woodturning Club members benefits include:

  • special discounts on lumber
  • special discounts on tools and equipment
  • special discounts on NCFS classes & special events
  • group rates for conferences

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Jun
8
Fri
Hand Tool Basics @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm

The North Carolina Furniture School is proud to offer this class co-taught by guest instructor, Jim McConnell, and NCFS Director, Stuart Kent. We have created 6 new brand new hand tool benches for the school, and this is your chance to help us break them in! So if you are interested in fine hand tool craftsmanship this is your class.

Jim is a husband, father, student of life and chronic tinkerer currently based in Eastern North Carolina where he leads a faith community and learns something new practically every day. He enjoys building furniture, playing music and curating his blog The Daily Skep in the belief that fostering such a virtual guild of makers, doers and dreamers is a vital and important way to share ideas and information about the work we all love so much. Jim serves as content editor for Mortise & Tenon Magazine and has written tool reviews for Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Please note that you will need to bring your own hand tools to this class. A complete list of recommended tools is listed below:

  • Full size crosscut handsaw (26″-28″, 6-8 PPI)
  • Full size ripsaw (26″-28″, 6-8 PPI)
  • Dovetail saw (10″-12″, 14-18 PPI)
  • Medium jack plane (#5)
  • Short smoothing plane (#3 or #4)
  • Pair of bench hooks
  • Pair of winding sticks
  • Shooting board
  • Marking gauge
  • Square
  • Marking knife or pencil

Course Description:

Students will leave the class with a basic knowledge of breaking down rough stock, preparing that stock for joinery and how to cut dovetails by hand. We will cover ripping and crosscutting stock by hand. Dimensioning and squaring stock with hand planes and cutting basic “through” dovetails.

This class will also cover basic techniques that make hand tool woodworking easier and more efficient.

Day 1

Stock prep:

  • Divide and breakdown board with handsaws
  • Bring boards into S4S with hand planes and shoot edges
  • use sawhorses, straightedges, and winding sticks
  • understand what square is, and why it’s necessary

Day 2

Dovetail Demonstration

  • Marking, Sawing, & chopping
  • Proper use of marking knife, dividers, slope, and cutting gauge

Dovetail Practice

  • Practice 90 degree and sloped cuts, being mindful of staying square
  • Multiple sets of pins and tails
  • Marriage marks, paring, functional joints
Jun
20
Wed
Mobile Woodturning Class: Pitt County Senior Center @ Pitt County Senior Center
Jun 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come visit us at the Pitt County Senior Center every 3rd Wednesday at 3:00 pm for an on site, hands-on woodturning lesson in our Mobile Classroom!

We are excited this new partnership and look forward to meeting you! Each month we will bring 8 wood lathes to the Senior Center so you can have the opportunity to make wooden bowls and other fun wood objects. We will also cover topics like tool safety, joinery, wood finishing, etc. Each class will last two hours, and are open to all ages 18 and up so come join us! Be sure to like us and share the North Carolina Furniture School with your family and friends!

You can register for this event at the Pitt County Senior Center by clicking the ticket link on this page, or on our Facebook page, Eventbrite, or get in touch with the Senior Center directly:

 

the North Carolina Furniture School
Director, Stuart Kent
email: info@ncfurnitureschool.com
phone: 252.916.8226

Lori Cortright
Director of Senior Center Operations
Pitt County Council on Aging
4551 County Home Rd.
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone: 252-752-1717 ext. 13
Fax: 252-752-9365
www.pittcoa.com

 

 

Jul
7
Sat
NCFS Woodturning Club @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NCFS Woodturning Club meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 12 pm.

Each week one of our members (or occasionally a special guest) will demonstrate woodturning techniques. On the weeks where time permits, members are encouraged to try the new lesson on one of our lathes. Please bring your own chisels and safety gear.

NCFS Woodturning Club members benefits include:

  • special discounts on lumber
  • special discounts on tools and equipment
  • special discounts on NCFS classes & special events
  • group rates for conferences

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Jul
18
Wed
Mobile Woodturning Class: Pitt County Senior Center @ Pitt County Senior Center
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come visit us at the Pitt County Senior Center every 3rd Wednesday at 3:00 pm for an on site, hands-on woodturning lesson in our Mobile Classroom!

We are excited this new partnership and look forward to meeting you! Each month we will bring 8 wood lathes to the Senior Center so you can have the opportunity to make wooden bowls and other fun wood objects. We will also cover topics like tool safety, joinery, wood finishing, etc. Each class will last two hours, and are open to all ages 18 and up so come join us! Be sure to like us and share the North Carolina Furniture School with your family and friends!

You can register for this event at the Pitt County Senior Center by clicking the ticket link on this page, or on our Facebook page, Eventbrite, or get in touch with the Senior Center directly:

 

the North Carolina Furniture School
Director, Stuart Kent
email: info@ncfurnitureschool.com
phone: 252.916.8226

Lori Cortright
Director of Senior Center Operations
Pitt County Council on Aging
4551 County Home Rd.
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone: 252-752-1717 ext. 13
Fax: 252-752-9365
www.pittcoa.com

 

 

Aug
4
Sat
NCFS Woodturning Club @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NCFS Woodturning Club meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – 12 pm.

Each week one of our members (or occasionally a special guest) will demonstrate woodturning techniques. On the weeks where time permits, members are encouraged to try the new lesson on one of our lathes. Please bring your own chisels and safety gear.

NCFS Woodturning Club members benefits include:

  • special discounts on lumber
  • special discounts on tools and equipment
  • special discounts on NCFS classes & special events
  • group rates for conferences

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!