Bowl Turning Basics for Beginners: from Wood Harvest to Tabletop

September 22 – September 24, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Students will learn how to harvest and process wood blanks for turning. On the first day, time will be devoted to tool sharpening. From there you will learn about the mechanics of a woodturning lathe and the inherent dangers and safety procedures at the lathe. Students will explore how (and why) to rough turn a bowl and process it to minimize checking or cracking. They will come away with an understanding of how to finish turn a once turned bowl with minimal tear out. Sanding, finishing, and caring for a wood bowl will be covered. Students leave with a bowl they made with their own hands.

Skills and Techniques:

• Where to get wood
• Harvesting and processing wood for bowls
• Understanding wood grain and movement.
• Tool selection and lathe accessories
• Sharpening simplified
• Lathe mechanics and safety
• How to rough turn and properly dry first turned bowls
• How to second turn a bowl
• Sanding and finishing
• Care instructions

Materials Fee: $75 Paid at the time of workshop.
Fee covers a green turning blank, a once turned bowl, sealer for the once turned bowl, sand paper, and one coat of finish. Additional coats may be needed.

Special Tools or Equipment: Dust mask and face shield are the student’s responsibility. Wear work clothes and appropriate footwear to work in a shop. No loose clothing and long hair must be tied back.

Learn more about your instructor, Claude Dupuis, on NH Chronicle here:
Wednesday, April 6th: The Woodwork of Canterbury Turnings (

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.