Hands-on with Dennis Belcher: Turning a Multi-Axis Vertical Flower Vase


February 3, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Mann Tool & Supply, 802 Chris Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169

Cost: $100

Registration: [closed]


In this session, Dennis will share the path he as been following in recent times. That path started with a simple horizontal disk used as an Ikebana vessel, and has morphed into multi-axis vertical forms that range in size from six inches to two feet in diameter. Key take-aways from this session will be the importance of focusing on a single form, increasing the complexity of the form, the critical importance of determining the sequence of operations before you turn on the lathe, and using multiple axes in your turnings.

A multi-axis vertical flower vase will be created in the demonstration. This form is an excellent canvas for exploring various texturing and finishing techniques. Time permitting, there will be discussion and demonstration of a variety of embellishments that can be used as well.

Students should bring the following materials:

  • Primary turning tools, including bowl gouges. 3/8" and 1/4" gouges are preferred.
  • Dust protection
  • Stebb center (aka "super drive" or "safety" center) - some will be on hand for those who do not have one
  • A wood chisel