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Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial: Private Session

Course Overview

This tutorial is intended for students with some experience with bowl turning on an electric lathe, and who want to learn more advanced woodturning methods. We will explore turning asymmetrical forms from bark edged bowls to unusual end-grain pieces and burls. The tutorial will include selection of wood, cutting of bowl blanks, and techniques of mounting and turning unusual bark edged bowls. We will also discuss the details of drying and finishing (sanding and oiling) of a turned bowl. Each student will turn at least four bark-edged bowls suitable for artistic display (or serving food) and learn many tricks of the trade. Limited to three students, the session will be tailored to each student’s prior experience and expectations. The main tutorial takes place in the instructor’s fully equipped wood turning shop on the shore of Lake Superior in Hovland, a 20 min drive east of Grand Marais.


From the South: DULUTH, MINNESOTA (110 miles): Take Hwy 61 Northeast to the Grand Marais city limits. As you come into town, North House is the first right after the Grand Marais Municipal Campground. North House is on the harbor at the base of 5th Avenue West. Turn toward the harbor at the driveway just before our “Yellow House”. 
From the North: THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO (80 miles): Take Hwy 61 Southwest to the Grand Marais city limits. Proceed through town to the base of 5th Avenue West. Take a left on the driveway just past our "Yellow House". 

From the West: ELY, MINNESOTA (90 miles): Take Hwy 1 to Hwy 61 at Little Marais. Head up the shore of Hwy 61 and follow the directions from Duluth (above).

From the East: Batten the hatches and set sail across Lake Superior. We are located at latitude 47N 74' 44 and longitude 90W 33' 82. Look for the flashing lights at either side of the entrance to the harbor, and proceed to the southwest corner of the harbor.

North House has numerous links for area information on its Links page.  The Grand Marais Area Tourism Association office is on Broadway Avenue downtown. You can call them at 888-922.5000 or If you want to visit them in person, take Hwy 61 to the stoplight and go 1 1/2 blocks toward the lake, on your right.

North House currently has limited parking available in our upper parking lot. If this lot is full, or if we are restricting parking, street parking is available. If you're boating, let's talk.

Currently Scheduled Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled for this course.