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!

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Engine Turning Event Extended

Hi All! A quick announcement :

The tickets already sold out for the first engine turning session with Atlas Obscura – so they’ve added another. It now only has three spaces left – so if you’re interested I’d sign up while there’s still a spot or two! You can still sign up here.

Hope to see you there!

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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!

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.

Upcoming Engine Turning Classes

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I’m so excited to announce engine turning classes here at the Memoria Technica workshop! It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m finally set up to start holding regular classes. If you’re interested, please sign up on the Classes page found on the top menu bar. There you will find full course descriptions, dates, and costs. We are presently accepting applications for our January/February classes.

Click here and here to see what we got up to in our previous sessions. Students will have the opportunity to learn on both the rose and straight line engines. These two beautiful antique machines are from the Bulova watchmaking factory.

Here’s a quick description of the three upcoming classes:

January 23/24 – A 2-day Intro to Engine Turning class, geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloché work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

January 30/31 – A 2-day Intro to Engine Turning class, geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloché work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

February 6/7 – A 2-day, more intermediate Engine Turning #2, includes lessons on blank preparation, integrating divergent patters, and laying out work that requires multiple centers.

If you have any questions on the classes, be sure to get in touch!

UPDATE: due to a number of recent inquiries – we added another Beginners Class on the weekend of January 23/24.