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Intro to Wood Lathe

12 HRS          $350

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Class Description

An introduction to the essentials of wood lathe operation.  A series of wood turning instructors.  Some incredible wood turners will share their unique perspective on ‘Wood Turning’ on everything from very large projects all the way down to tiny objects.  Different applications although the principles are nearly the same.  A hands-on class to introduce you to the process of turning irregular rough wood into smooth beautiful shapes. 

4 SESSIONS      3 HRS ea                       $350           2 – 3 people

An in-depth review at the Lathe’s features, parts, function, turning tool + safe and accurate use. 

  • Accessories, the proper setup of the machine and best speed selections

  • Planning, Selecting and preparing wood, proper mounting and tool selections.

  • Use of calipers and other measuring devices

  • Sanding and Finishing

  • Troubleshooting, Care and Maintenance.

  • Machine and Tool Safety

About the Instructors
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With John Shinneman as your guide with his 38 years of furniture joinery and shop machinery expertise at your service.

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

We’re in-town with many choices for lodging, stores, and restaurants, all within a 5 minute walk through our little Seaside Village.   There are airport shuttles, Lyft/Uber/Taxi, and a popular free bus system.  A car is unnecessary here.  Recommending a place to stay (there are plenty to choose from) is difficult as they range greatly in price and accommodations, from B&B, Motel, Inn, and Air B&B/VRBO.  Let Google be your guide.   

The Learning Lab’s Wood Shop is located behind Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA), and behind the Children’s Theater, and behind the Island Dance Theater.  The address is 723 Camano Avenue in Langley WA (commonly known as the old Langley Middle School) and parking for the Wood Shop is best on the West side of the campus in what is now The South Whidbey Community Center.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

When a class is reserved by you, you may CANCEL the class up to 10 business days prior to the day of the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations less than 10 business days prior will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill your place.  If we cancel a class for any reason, a full refund of any paid-in-advance funds will be returned to registrants.  Participants may be asked to sign a WAIVER of liability in which they take responsibility for their safety, represent they are not sensory impaired, have no medical conditions of which our Staff ought to be aware, are knowledgeable of and will abide by Shop SAFETY rules, and they are representing they can physically, knowledgeably, and safely operate the tools of the Shop.