After a busy weekend at Frank Klausz’s class, I headed out to Woodcraft yesterday for a day long workshop with David Ellsworth. Very cool. David is an excellent teacher. Knowlegeable (duh!), and very laid back. There were 10 in the class (I think). After doing a demo of making a natural edge bowl, we jumped in and started turning whatever it was that we wanted to work on. Some did natural edge bowls, some cut edge, and some hollow forms. I stuck to cut edge bowl – wound up with one spalted maple bowl, and one padouk funnel (nice bowl with an inconvenient hole in the bottom).
I had purchased one of his signature bowl gouges awhile back, and that’s what I used for the class. I gained a much better understaning on how his particular grind on the tool works, and how to use it effectively. I also learned that freshly turned padouk smells like a mix of wet dog and old socks.
In short, I really enjoyed the class, and meeting and talking with David. I may have to take a longer class at his school someday.
-- To do is to be