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Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning

Course Overview

Learn to turn on both power and pole lathes and to explore the historical continuum of bowl turning in this unique course offering. Students will move back and forth between the foot-powered pole lathe and modern electric lathe to delve deeply into a study of old world Norwegian ale bowls. This new class from long-time instructor Roger Abrahamson will focus on how old world bowls were designed and made, including how materials and techniques combine with the desired function in the creation of these vessels. We will spend time studying details of antique bowls and discussing how those details relate to the material and function.

In the past, both self-powered and externally-powered lathes were used to make bowls. We will explore the use of both to create objects that reflect the spirit of these early Norwegian vessels. Skills covered will include the use of ancient and modern bowl turning tools, turning with a carving attitude, lathe setup, efficient cutting techniques, tool sharpening, and recognizing good bowl design. Students should be prepared for a physical experience and lively discussions of the issues raised in the class. No prior experience is necessary on either type of lathe, but past students of Roger or other bowl turning instructors will enjoy this opportunity to engage this topic from another perspective. The instructor will have several antique bowls from his collection available for study. Students are also encouraged to bring any examples they may have.


Thu, Nov 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $350.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019
Includes materials fee of $50.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Eye protection
  • work gloves if desired

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

  • Gransfors Carving Axe is recommended, but any small axe is acceptable (may be available for purchase from the North House School Store 888-387-9762).
  • Mora carving knives are also available from the North House School Store, but any carving knife is acceptable

All other required turning tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins, but feel to bring your own.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.