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Hollow Forms without the Hollowing

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Course Overview

"Hollow forms turned through a small opening were always a challenge for me to turn,” notes guest instructor Mark Gardner. In this class, he’ll teach students his workaround for this classic turned project. Students will make hollow forms using green wood, much like a lidded box, only they will glue the lid back on. Not only is there less risk of turning through the side of the vessel, but it is also easier to gauge the wall thickness as well as remove the shavings from the inside. The course will focus on techniques for making a precise joint to help ensure that the piece stays together as it dries. Time will be spent demonstrating various ways to then hide the seam in the vessel, resulting in a hollowed form that only a keen observer would ask “one piece or two?”  While this course is appropriate for beginning turners, it is not recommended for those who have never used a lathe before.


Required Tools

  • Pencil

Session Information

This course is part of Wood Week 2024! Plan to arrive Friday, March 15 for a free Carvers Conference day, full of demonstrations, speakers, and community gatherings. Full schedule in late 2023.


Sat, Mar 16th, 2024  –  Mon, Mar 18th, 2024

This course has been cancelled. We offer our deepest apologies.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $345.00
Materials fee: $65.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner
Saluda, North Carolina USA

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Hollow Forms without the Hollowing