2018 Course Information: Natural Edge Wood Turning with Gene Sparling
Natural Edge Wood Turning with Gene Sparling
In this three day course students will learn to make natural-edge bowls on the lathe. Natural-edge bowls are each a one of a kind, unique, and attractive project. These bowls will be turned from greenwood (freshly cut) and students will be guided through the process from creating a turning blank, how to obtain different natural edge forms from a log, and all the way through to curing and finishing a piece. Students who have greenwood they would like to use may bring it (it must be hardwood, no pine or cedar, and measure at least 12 inches in diameter and height). Wood will also be provided at the time of the class.
This is an intermediate level class and requires some basic experience with wood turning.
09:00 am-04:00 pm
Arkansas Craft School
101 North Peabody Ave. Mountain View, AR 72560
Gene Sparling was born in 1955 in Little Rock, Arkansas and spent his childhood in Springfield, Missouri. As a young man he established a home in the Ouachita Mountains just south of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Throughout his life he has sought out wilderness, traveling, backpacking, horse packing, and kayaking through wild landscapes, always returning to the woods of his home in the Ouachitas. With great concern for remaining wild places, Sparling has served as a voice for wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the country. With his affinity to nature, it is no wonder that when Sparling began his career as an artist, that his medium would be tied to the natural world. He began learning to work with wood as a child, from his father, and has continued learning and working with wood, throughout his life. Through his work, Sparling seeks to highlight the unique beauty of each piece, while creating vessels, sculptures, and furniture that complement their natural roots.