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Lou Pignolet

Hovland, MN
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Lou grew up in New Jersey and came to Minnesota in 1970, where he taught and did research as a chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After 38 years he retired to Hovland, MN, to enjoy the wild nature of the North Shore. Lou and his wife have had a cabin in Hovland since 1980. Lou has always had an interest in woodworking and became inspired by the beautiful lathe turned wood bowls in Hawaii during a vacation in 2005. After taking a course in wood turning on a spring-pole lathe at the North House in 2006, he set up a woodturning shop in Hovland and learned the craft by trial and error and advice from wood turners in Hawaii. Lou spends much of his time turning artistic bark-edged and unusual shaped bowls from local wood. His bowls combine the natural beauty of the wood with form and function. He participates in art shows and workshops on the North Shore and has established a reputation for making unique wooden bowls that are in high demand.

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Current Courses Offered by Lou Pignolet

2ΒΌ Days
Teaser image for Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial

Artistic Bark-Edged Wooden Bowl Tutorial

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…
Thu, Jun 28th, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 30th, 2018
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
Thu, Jul 26th, 2018  –  Sat, Jul 28th, 2018
Instructor: Lou Pignolet
Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 25th, 2018
Instructor: Lou Pignolet