2022 Summer Program


Class #64

Beginning & Intermediate Wood Turning

Kelly Bresnahan

July 31 - August 6, 2022

instructor imageIf you are new to wood turning, this class will introduce you to this exciting and interesting art and craft. You will learn about wood selection and structure as it relates to successful wood turning. Kelly will teach you how to safely use a lathe and about the various gouges used for turning wood. (Safe use of tools also encourages proper technique.) You’ll learn how to sharpen tools properly and how important sharp tools are to making good cuts and, therefore, good finished products! Kelly will teach both spindle and bowl turning techniques. There will be a variety of projects from which to select, including a bead and cove stick, a wood mallet, a small serving bowl and a natural edge bowl.

If you have some wood turning experience, Kelly will work with you on project selection and help you refresh your turning skills. Possible projects include a plate, a square-footed bowl and a goblet.

All students will take part in discussions on safety and wood structure. A face shield is required for this class.

Kelly Bresnahan is an award-winning wood turner who enjoys working with wood from trees native to northeast Wisconsin. He enjoys incorporating the natural features of wood, including voids, bark inclusions, knots and burls. His pieces are both unique and interesting. He turns utilitarian bowls and vessels for everyday use that are beautiful yet functional. Kelly launched his professional turning career in 2003, when he began to display his work at the WoodWalk Gallery in Door County. He participates in art shows and art festivals and exhibits around the Midwest. Kelly began sharing his enthusiasm for wood turning at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2011, when he became an adjunct faculty member. He has taught classes at The Clearing for several years. Kelly has continued to share his expertise and leadership skills by organizing the BayLake Woodturners, a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Kelly lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Kelly will contact students prior to class.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Shop Fee: $20
Web: www.KellyBresnahanWoodturnings.com

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.