2022 Summer Program


Class #3

Wood Turning

Robert Nelson

May 1 - May 7, 2022

instructor imageThis class will open your eyes to the possibilities of what can be done and, most importantly, what you can do and what you can make on a wood lathe. And you’ll have lots of fun in the process!

Rob will cover the basics of bowl and spindle work. If you’re a beginner, Rob will introduce you to all of the equipment and tools—lathe, gouges and grinder—with special emphasis on how to properly sharpen the gouges and the various ways gouges are used. If you have some experience turning, Rob will have a variety of projects for you. He’ll also teach you how to add surface embellishments to turned pieces.

The Clearing has a very well-equipped shop for wood turning. You’ll have your own lathe, tools and supplies. If you have any of your own tools and safety equipment, please feel free to bring them along, since learning something new is usually easier with familiar tools. For everyone, safety will be a main focus throughout the week, since safety is the most important consideration in any shop.

Robert Nelson grew up on his family’s dairy farm in the town of Winchester, Wisconsin, and owned and operated the farm for 30 years. He began turning wood in the 1970s. Since then, his passion for taking what would otherwise be firewood and turning it into something beautiful that can last for generations has become a second career. He has logged over 7,000 hours of learning and teaching wood turning. Being a member of three wood turning groups gives him the opportunity to demonstrate different types of turning to many fellow turners. Robert turns pieces for sale, teaches at The Clearing and in his studio, and is an adjunct instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

Rob will contact students prior to class.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $50, payable to Rob during class
Shop Fee: $20

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.