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Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls on the Pole Lathe

Course Overview

Wooden ale bowls are an excellent example of functional Scandinavian folk art. These ceremonial drinking vessels were used both for serving on special occasions and in the brewing process.  In this class, students begin with a green birch log. Using axes, knives, hook tools and a foot-powered spring-pole lathe (plus lots of vigorous work), they'll create an ale bowl to take home and use. Tool sharpening and proper cutting techniques will be taught. There also will be lively discussions on the design, function, and culture surrounding these objects, as well as the history of woodturning. The instructor will have several antique bowls from his collection for study and inspiration. Skills taught in this class will also be very useful to modern bowl turners.

Registration in the March 2019 session of this class includes participation in mini classes and excursions on Friday, March 8, as part of Wood Week. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $290.00
Includes materials fee of $35.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

sharp hand-axe & sharp carving knife 
Gransfors Carving Axe is recommended, but any small axe is acceptable (may be available for purchase from our school store, call 888-387-9762)
Mora carving knives are also available from our school store, but any carving knife is acceptable
eye protection
work gloves if desired

All other required turning tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel are appropriate for this course. For the interested student, feel free to bring old family ale bowls or other Scandinavian folk art items for inspiration.

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.