Skew Skills: Back to the Future in Woodturning

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO021919EL
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  • $306 + $15 materials fee
  • $235 + $15 materials fee

* This class has a pre-requisite. Please see description.

To register and pay off-line, please call the registrar at (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

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* This class has a pre-requisite. Please see below.

This all-day workshop with nationally known woodturner and instructor Eric Lofstrom will develop your skill with a foundation tool – the skew — and improve your skills with all turning tools.

The most versatile tool for woodturners, a skew can peel, pare and finish wood to a fine surface, and create beads, V-cuts and coves. Learn how to wield a skew skillfully, and you can decrease your turning and sanding time on virtually all spindle projects. Is your primary interest in bowls and hollow forms? Learning to use the skew will improve all of your turning techniques.

This hands-on class will emphasize sharpening, controlling the tool to finesse a clean cut, and practicing basic to advanced cuts. Using only the skew, you will explore many practice exercises designed to fine-tune your turning skills using two of Lofstrom’s favorite projects for honing spindle skills: an egg and his version of a finger-tip spinning top.


  • * Open to students who have successfully completed Introduction to Woodturning or have approval two weeks in advance from the woodturning program coordinator, Jamie Straw. Use this form to contact her.
  • You may use BARN tools or bring your own skew(s).
  • There will be a lunch break mid-way through the class, with options to bring your own or share in ordering pizza. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave, as well as plates and utensils, for your use.
  • Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops and close-toe comfortable shoes are required. No jewelry other than "button-type" earrings for women is allowed, so no rings, bracelets, necklaces. Long hair must be tied back

Instructor: Eric Lofstrom grew up around woodworking but learned about woodturning only in 2001, at a free demo about turning pens and letter openers. His wife bought him a mini lathe and tool set for Christmas that year, and he was on his way. After a few dramatic catches during the first few projects, he decided to focus on gaining tool control and improving his technique. Lofstrom joined the South Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners in 2002 and has since served on its board. He began demonstrating and teaching woodturning at local woodworking stores in 2006. Since then, he has taught at multiple symposiums and has become a sought-after instructor for woodturning clubs across the United States and Canada. See examples of his work on his website,

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