To safeguard our members during the COVID-19 outbreak, the April, 2020 HOC and demo have been canceled.

Hands-on with Barbara Dill: Multi-Axis Turning

April 1, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $100.00

Registration: closed

Barbara was always fascinated with multi axis turning and in 2006 her focus turned to multi axis turning.  Tired of running into dead ends with her candle holders, she decided to see if there was a way to sort out the confusion of this aspect of turning. If an obsession is to wake up with a new "what if" most mornings, then she was obsessed. 

Barbara enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge.  She has made an instructional DVD which is on her you tube channel, has recently compiled a book loaded with drawings, photos, and information and has published articles in the American Wood turner (Fall and Winter of 2007, February, 2010, December of 2011, and October, 2013).  She was an Emerging Artist at the 2011 National Symposium and has demonstrated at SWAT in Texas, the Appalachian Center for Craft, Arrowmont, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and at AAW symposiums, as well as turning clubs in many states and in Canada.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to study and learn from one of the best in multi axis turning.

Please remember when registering you are responsible for that spot in the class and helping clean up at the end of the class.


Hands-on with Ashley Harwood: Push-Cut Bowl Turning

September 9, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $100 (see below)

Registration: Closed

 This class is primarily about technique. The aim is to build skills rather than create a masterpiece. We will begin the class with free-hand sharpening of turning tools using the platform on a bench grinder. Students will learn how to create the 40/40 grind on a bowl gouge. Throughout class, sharpening of other woodturning tools will be discussed as well. We will practice the push-cut around the outside of a bowl, aiming for one pass all the way around the outside of a bowl with no torn grain and no strain on the body. We will talk about the Seven Fundamentals of the Perfect Cut, which address all of the variables of woodturning; they include: lathe speed, stance, tool rest placement, chucking, sharpening, grain orientation, and technique. Later in the day, we will move on to the inside of the bowl, focusing on even and thin wall thickness with no torn grain. Finally, we will discuss how to jam chuck a bowl for the reverse turning. Through improving technique, the quality of the cut can become nearly flawless, requiring minimal sanding, and the turning experience is more enjoyable. Advanced through beginner woodturners can benefit from honing their techniques to achieve a better cut! No experience required. Be prepared to make a lot of shavings!




Students will need to supply their own bowl blanks (at least 4). Each should be 6"-8" in diameter and 3"-4" deep, preferably of wet hardwoods. Simple well-balanced straight grain pieces are best. Wood for the class can be supplied by the club for an additional $25.

All students should have their own 1/2" or 5/8" diameter bowl gouge. A good quality elliptical/parabolic fluted bowl gouge, such as Sorby, is best.

Ashley will also be using the following tools (she will be bringing bedans and scrapers that can be passed around the glass as well as some tools to sell):

  • Bedan
  • Negative rake scrapers (straight for the outside and rim of the bowl, and curved for the inside of the bowl)
  • Spindle gouge (for the rim of the bowl)
  • Bottom bowl gouge (for the inside of the bowl)

Hands-on with Carl Jacobson: 3 Piece Lidded Box

November 4, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $110 

Registration: Contact Jim Waterbury at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carl will be teaching how to turn a 3 piece lidded box from maple and walnut. All wood for this project will be provided. He will also be teaching inlaying, piercing, and fracking. You will have ample time to complete this project in class.

Tools that are needed are:

  • 1 1/2" to 2" forstner bits
  • Jacobs chuck (the club has five to share)
  • Sand paper
  • Wood Glue
  • If you have a dremel tool with a sharp point bit, bring it for piercing (we have one or two to share)

This promises to be a fun and rewarding class taught by an excellent woodturner and teacher.

Hands-on with Bob Baucom: Bowl Turning and Texturing

September 30, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

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

Cost: $85 (see below)

Registration: closed

In Bob's class you will be turning bowls from wet maple or poplar in the morning session. In the afternoon you will then turn black limba wood blanks to a completed bowl you will take home. In addition to bowl turning, Bob will also be teaching how to apply texturing to your pieces. You will need to bring your favorite bowl gouge, sanding supplies, and texturing tools if you have them; if not Bob will have them available to use in the class and also for purchase.

Hands-on with Mike Sorge: Square Bowls and Platters

January 13, 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm

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

Registration: [closed]

Our first hands-on class of the year features Mike Sorge, who will teach techniques for turning square bowls and platters. Wood blanks for the class will be provided.