turning

Our classes for March have now ended. We offer the beginners class regularly, but the advance sessions with our guest tutor David Lindow are on a bi-annual basis. Sign up for our newsletter here to stay informed about upcoming classes.

Learn about our teachers here. See photos from previous classes here.

Class Descriptions:

Classes are held at the Memoria Technica Workshop in Seattle Washington. Each class spans two days from 9am – 5pm with a lunch break. Due to small students numbers, our classes offer one on one tutor feedback and optimal machine time.

Learn this fascinating craft on two early 20th century machines from the original Bulova watchmaking factory – a Lienhard rose engine and straightline machine. You’ll also have access to the workshop library – with many books on the practice of ornamental and engine turning. We also welcome inquiries for private classes in groups of up to 10 people and can accommodate most specialized projects.

Beginners Engine Turning | Tutor: Brittany Nicole Cox ($400) | Limited to 4 Students |

This class aims to provide students with a basic understanding of engine turning, set up, and simple pattern development. Whether students are looking into watch dials, jewelry, or are just curious about guilloché work in general, this class offers a good foundation. Most students leave with at least one finished project, such as a writing pen or pendant, and a set of guilloché medallions with different patterns.


Engine Turning II | Tutors: Brittany Nicole Cox + David Lindow($600) | Limited to 6 Students

This class is designed for those with a rudimentary knowledge of engine turning or guilloché work.  It will include lessons on surface preparation, demonstrate integration of divergent patterns, how to work with borders, laying out work that requires more than one center, and other advanced concepts. Whether you are interested in making watch dials, jewelry, pens, or decorative arts this class will further your understanding and skills.  The projects will vary depending on the students interest, and the course will take a hands on approach.  This class allows the use of an elliptical chuck and other attachments. Each student will leave with at least one completed project.


Engine Turning III | Tutors: Brittany Nicole Cox + David Lindow ($600) | Limited to 6 Students

This class picks up where Engine Turning II left off. You’ll learn how to dial in a flat surface, machine set up, and have the opportunity to use a Hauser Jig borer, Schaublin lathes, and a lathe mounted microscope to layout and execute your patterns and projects.

Let us know beforehand of any special material requests you have so we can accommodate your interests.

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