Carl’s Woodturning Classes & Calendar

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Calendar of Woodturning Classes taught by Carl Ford and events (symposiums, shows, etc.) that Carl will be attending.

2024 Spring
Spring
Tuesday’s
Jan-Apr
2024
9am-4pm
10 Day Class

Registration starts on December 1st

Tuition $775 +
Materials $25
Carl's Happy Woodturning Workshop Students "Tuesday’s Spring 2024 Woodturning Workshop" class in Carl Ford’s Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

Create functional and artistic lathe turned objects in this 10 session class.

Students of every level are free to explore their own interests. Or I can suggest a path for students based on there interest in bowls, hollow forms, spindle turning, etc. Or we can do any mix of things.

I personally specialize in natural edge bowls, hollow forms and surface decorations. But, I have experience in and can teach, cut edge bowls, plates, platters, spindles, boxes, toys, lamps, etc. The only thing I don’t do is segmenting.

Topics include wood selection and preparation, tool choice, tool sharpening, tool use and control, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, finishing, etc.

Level: All Skill Levels (Novice, Intermediate or Expert). Ages 16 and over.

Dates: Any 10 out of 12 Tuesday’s between January 9th and April 23th, 2024. Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, Mar 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23. (NO class Feb 27, Mar 5, 12, 19, Carl is going on Vacation)

If a class is canceled due to snow. Then a day will be added to the end on Tuesday April 30, 2024.

10 out of 12 days means students can take 2 days (weeks) off for Vacations, Honey Dues, etc.

Photo: Carl’s Woodturning Classes & Calendar 1 Time: 9am – 4pm (6 hrs with 1 hr break for lunch)

Number of Students: 3 max (Small class setting!)

Tuition $775.00, Plus a $25 Materials Fee for paint and sand paper. ($800 / 10 days = $80 per day / 6 hrs per day = $14 per hour, A really good deal!)

Location: At Carl Ford’s Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

My studio is a bright and cherry environment. Click here for more studio info, pictures and directions.

Click here for additional Class Information, Suggested Projects for Beginners and the Fine Print.

Email Carl Ford (carl@carlford.us) if you want to be added to the waiting list for this class.
Spring
Thursday’s
Jan-Apr
2024
9am-4pm
10 Day Class

Registration starts on December 1st

Tuition $775 +
Materials $25
Oneway 2436 Lathe in Carl Ford's Woodturning Studio "Thursday’s Spring 2024 Woodturning Workshop" class in Carl Ford’s Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

Same class as above.

Dates: Any 10 out of 12 Thursday’s between January 11th and April 18th, 2024. Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 21 ,28, Apr 4, 11, 18. (NO class Feb 29, Mar 7, 14, Carl is going on Vacation)

If a class is canceled due to snow. Then a day will be added to the end on Thursday April 25, 2024.

10 out of 12 days means students can take 2 days (weeks) off for Vacations, Honey Dues, etc.

Email Carl Ford (carl@carlford.us) if you want to be added to the waiting list for this class.
2024 Fall
Fall
Tuesday’s
Aug-Dec
2024
9am-4pm
10 Day Class

Tuition $775 +
Materials $25
"Tuesday’s Fall 2024 Woodturning Workshop" class in Carl Ford’s Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

Same class as above.

Dates: Any 10 out of 12 Tuesday’s between September 17th and December 10th, 2024. Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10. (No Class Nov 26 Thanksgiving Week)

If a class is canceled due to snow. Then a day will be added to the end on Tuesday December 17, 2024.

10 out of 12 days means students can take 2 days (weeks) off for Vacations, Honey Dues, etc.
Fall
Thursday’s
Aug-Dec
2024
9am-4pm
10 Day Class

Tuition $775 +
Materials $25
"Thursday’s Fall 2024 Woodturning Workshop" class in Carl Ford’s Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

Same class as above.

Dates: Any 10 out of 12 Thursday’s between September 19th and December 12th, 2024. Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12. (No Class Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day)

If a class is canceled due to snow. Then a day will be added to the end on Thursday December 19, 2024.

10 out of 12 days means students can take 2 days (weeks) off for Vacations, Honey Dues, etc.

Covid Policy

My studio is in my HOUSE. Thus it is my rules!

  1. All students MUST be Vaccinated! NO EXCEPTIONS!
  2. I believe in science. Students MUST follow CDC Covid guidelines and New York State Covid guidelines.
  3. If New York State requires a mask then I require a mask.

Snow Day Policy

Photo: Carl’s Woodturning Classes & Calendar 2

I DO NOT expect anyone to drive to my house in Poughkeepsie on any day they don’t feel safe!

I watch the weather forecast in Poughkeepsie, New York City and Albany. If snow is likely to cause driving problems then I will send out an email canceling class. I try to cancel class a few days in advance. Last minute cancellations are no good! I try hard to avoid them. If a student does not respond to my email canceling a class then I will phone them.

If I cancel a class, then I will schedule a snow make up day after discussing with students. Students who come on Tuesdays, often can only come on Tuesdays. Etc. Thus, in most cases I add a “snow make up day” to the end of the class schedule.

If I don’t cancel a class and a student does not come due to snow. Then I try to work with them, to find a way we can make up the class or refund their money for the day. (I prorate the cost of the day. By dividing the 10 day total class cost by 10.)

Deposit & Refund Policy

I like to have a friendly relationship with my students. Thus, what follows is somewhat flexible. I try to work with people. However, I grew up in a rough neighborhood. I am not a push over!

New students should contact me by email to schedule a class. I will ask new students to send a $100 deposit check or PayPal AFTER we agree to a class.

If a new student cancels after we have exchanged several emails then I am probably going to keep your $100 deposit. No refund. But, I may refund your $100 if there is a really good reason.

I generally do not ask for a deposit from students who have taken a class with me in the past.

All students MUST pay me the full amount (less any deposit) on the first day of class! I strongly prefer CASH! The good old fashion green stuff! I will take a personal check. But, I prefer CASH! A personal check is NOT cash! NO Venmo or other electronic BS.

Summer Classes

No classes in June, July and August. People express some interest. But, then they don't sign up.

Weekend & Private Classes

At this time, I am not interested in teaching weekend or private classes.

Note: I already teach 48 class days a year. That is enough for me. (Spring & Fall, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 out of 12 days, is 48 class days.)

I suggest you try Googling "Woodturning Classes Near Me".

When you find a place, I recommend checking it out.

  1. Try to find some pictures of their woodturning studio.

    If I can't easily find pictures then I reject. Anyone who wants to charge you money should put pictures of there facilities on the web.

    I would reject any place that only has mini lathes. Trying to teach someone how to turn a bowl on a mini lathe is cruel and inhumane punishment. In my not so humble opinion.

  2. Check out the instructor. Google "Joe Blow Woodturner".

    Do they have the experience that you are looking for?

    If you are just a beginner then paying big bucks for a well known national or international person may not be necessary.

    If you are looking to up your game. Then you probably want someone with more experience.

    Look for and check out pictures of instructors work.

    BEWARE of FALSE photos on class web pages, etc. Does the photo show what the instructor is going to teach in the class?
Note: There are 3 woodturning schools near where I live in Poughkeepsie NY. The "Brookfield Craft Center" in Brookfield CT. "Peters Valley School of Craft" in NJ Delaware Water Gap. "Snow Farm" in Williamsburg, MA. They all have there pluses and minuses. I don't want to pick one over another one. Check out the instructors at each school and pick the one you like.

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