This class is an introduction to woodturning, with emphasis on spindle turning or turning between centers. The student will learn the history of the lathe, the components of the lathe and how to select the best lathe and accessories for their particular turning style. We will discuss tool selection, proper tool sharpening techniques, what to expect from a basic set of turning tools with emphasis on the skew, the gouge, the parting tool and importantly–the handle. We will design and fabricate tool handles, including tool making and tool modification. Additionally, projects will include turning a mallet, tool handles, kitchen utensils, “weed vases” and ornaments. Students will also be introduced to bowl turning and turning other than solid wood such as laminates and acrylics.