Newsletter & Classes!

Let me start by saying, very best wishes for the New Year!

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-5-38-14-pmTo start the year off, I’ve put together a newsletter containing shop updates. It’s basically a summary of happenings and the latest offerings at the workshop. It will cover upcoming classes, new making whimsies, featured conservation projects, riddles, and more. If you’d like to check it out or subscribe, you can do so here. Below are some excerpts from the newsletter. Don’t worry, I wont flood your inbox with stuff; it will be a rather infrequent publication.

The exciting news is that I have finally put together some class dates! Student numbers are very small this time around based on student feedback. We’ve set the limit at 4 to 6 people per class – so everyone gets more time on the machines and more one on one tuition. David Lindow will be  joining me in March for some advanced level classes. See class descriptions and sign up here!








Atlas Obscura Event on Engine Turning

Hello readers! I’m excited to announce I’ll be hosting an engine turning taster at my workshop in partnership with Atlas Obscura. If you’re not familiar with their online magazine – it’s very entertaining. In an effort to educate, inspire, and share the weird and wonderful things in this strange world, they host events and regularly publish articles on esoteric subjects.

Our engine turning workshop is quite small, so register early if you’ve been curious about engine turning, but are unsure about taking a full class or just want to give it a try. You can sign up here.

In other news – The Ornamental Turners International conference in Denver this year was an amazing time. We are working out hosting the next symposium here in Seattle for 2018. Stay tuned for details on that.

And so, to get you excited about the marvels of engine and ornamental turning, here are few photos of some recent pieces I’ve made and the incredible objects produced by both members and speakers that attended this year’s OTI event.

I’ve been loving the moire pattern lately – and trying out all manor of phasing variations.


These unbelievable kaleidoscopes by Bill Brinker are just gorgeous! Look at the incredible vibrantly COLORED enamel he has done over such fine and intricate guilloche work. If you take a minute to watch the videos – those are real gemstones inside suspended in an optical solution.




And here Jean-Claude Charpignon takes us through one of his elaborate Coburg Ivory inspired pieces in miniature. He is truly doing some incredible things with fixed-tool work. The video below demonstrates the movement of the top. A ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball….. all cut out of one piece!



Here are some photos from the gallery space where members set out their work. So many beautiful objects and fine craftsmanship in one place. Unfortunately, not all of the craftsmen who attended the show are represented here – that just means for you enthusiasts – you’ll have to attend the 2018 symposium!

MADE in the Making

If you’ve been reading my blog then you’ll have encountered photos of the gorgeous MADE Ornamental Rose Engine by David Lindow. Well… there’s now a website with tons of incredible photos of the lathe and the process – a brochure(!) – and the whole story of its creation. Check it out! Here’s a recent post they did showing photos of the lathe in production….

“An incredible amount of work goes into the making of each lathe. Every part is manufactured and finished by hand here in the United States. We thought we’d share some photos of the process with you.”

Source: MADE in the Making

Photos from Engine Turning II Class

We held our first advanced engine turning class last weekend! It was great to see some familiar faces, as the class was made up of returning students from previous sessions. Some students focused their time and energy on one ambitious project, while others tried using different materials, figuring out patterns from photographs of antique objects, and integrating both rose and straightline machine patterns in one piece. Here’s some examples of what we got up to. By demand, a level three class is in the works! Learn about classes and register here.

Seeing the MADE lathe & the MJT


Last week in between classes David and I had the privilege of visiting The Museum of Jurassic Technology and taking a field trip to Al Collins workshop. Al is one of the developers of the MADE lathe and is in the thick of some fascinating research. He has developed some rosettes in an attempt to regain lost techniques used by the ornamental turners of previous centuries. He has made huge strides and is producing pieces inspired by the Coburg Ivories.

You should also check out the work of Tristan Duke – a modern wizard in holography. I can’t wait to see what comes of potential collaborations between David and Tristan. Given that engine turning or Guilloché can be considered the precursor to holographic technology – there is some discussion about producing scratch abrasive holograms using David’s rose engine. Talk about exciting! Below you can see some of the incredible experiments and holograms Tristan is working on.