PHYS 18
Wood and Woodturning Winter 2024

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Woodturning–the use of a lathe to sculpt cylindrically symmetric objects from wood–dates to antiquity, with turned objects appearing in furniture, architecture, and art through the ages. This course will introduce the basic concepts of woodturning, including lathe and tool safety, tool selection, and techniques for shaping both side grain and end grain. We will use gouges, chisels, and scrapers to turn a variety of projects like finger tops, carving mallets, bowls, pens, etc. from several different species of wood. Along the way we will also discuss topics related to woodworking such as forestry, invasive species, & the environment, metallurgy, sharpness and sharpening, and moisture and wood movement. We will meet for approximately 12 hours weekly for demonstrations and individual work on projects, with some additional reading required outside of class time. No previous experience is required; however, students with patience, good motor skills, and some imagination will find the course most rewarding. This course is open to both artistically and scientifically minded students.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 8
Expected: 8
Class#: 1248
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated based on mandatory daily attendance, thoughtful completion of in-class projects, and preparation and commitment to reading and other homework assignments.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference given to those who express the earliest and most compelling brief statement of interest by e-mail to Professor Doret, with some emphasis for juniors and sophomores
Materials/Lab Fee: $175
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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