Red Oak Hollow

Woodturning, a joyful hobby making round things out of wood

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Teaching classes through UFM Manhattan

Now that we have moved to Kansas and I have my shop set up next to our home, I have started teaching classes for UFM Manhattan. UFM started out many years ago as University for Man, a great idea employing local talent to teach many different subjects to whoever may be interested. Evolving over the years, University for Man, apparently no longer a politically correct name, has become just UFM. My classes are taught the fourth Saturday of some months a few times a year at my studio near Wamego, KS.

The class project is turning a wood bowl about six to seven inches across. We start with a dry piece of wood which I cut round with the bandsaw. We talk about safe turning practices, how to mount the wood on the lathe, and use of the bowl gouge to shape the wood as it spins. We will shape the outside of the bowl, cut a tenon on the bottom for holding in a 4-jaw chuck, then hollow out the inside and finish off the base. By the end of the day, you should have a nicely sanded wood bowl to take home.

If you are interested in learning how to make a bowl on a lathe, this is for you. Contact UFM Manhattan at (785) 539-8763 or at You are also welcome to contact me directly for more information. For contact information, see the article at the top of the left hand column entitled Contact with Red Oak Hollow...