Classes at Bemis

PPW members teach classes on woodturning at the Bemis School of Art.  Our classes are limited to five students for a one-day intensive session.  The club provides the lathes, all the turning tools, and the wood and other supplies for the class.  In this way, a person can spend a full day exploring the craft before investing in tools and equipment.

Every student in our turning classes has a club member as a safety officer and mentor during the class.   These teacher helpers make it possible for a total beginner to turn a functional bowl the first time he or she uses the wood lathe.

The club offers classes making bowls, pens (both wood and acrylic), and other small turnings like Christmas ornaments.   We will have a sharpening class for folks of all skill levels, and there is one open studio session for turners with some experience on the lathe.  For the class schedule, check the Fine Arts Center website under Art School (Catalog).  Most classes are on the first Saturday of the month, the day after the club meets on Friday evening.  Our classes are competitively priced relative to other classes available in the state of Colorado.

Rudy Lopez Master Class

7 Oct 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Intermediate and skilled turners will have a full day to turn with guest instructor Rudy Lopez. We’ll use freshly cut wood to minimize
dust and sanding. Students should bring their own tools, or they are welcome to use club tools, if needed.

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Rudy Lopez Master Class

Turning a Bowl On the Lathe

28 Oct 2017

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Learn from members of the Pikes Peak Woodturners club how to create a handcrafted and lathe-turned functional and artistic traditional wooden bowl. You’ll learn safety and proper use of the lathe, lathe tool control, and finishing techniques. Finally, decorate and texture your bowl with some color from an airbrush, specialized texturing tools, or even woodburning.

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Turning a Bowl on the Lathe

Turning Birdhouse Ornaments

11 Nov 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Improve your woodturning skills with this multi-part project of turning a miniature birdhouse ornament on the lathe. Use the lathe to
shape a roof, a house, and a perch for the bird. Parts are glued together for a finished birdhouse that is just right as a holiday
ornament, in a potted plant, or hanging in the kitchen window.

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Turning Birdhouse Ornaments

Turning a Pen

2 Dec 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Members of the Pikes Peak Woodturners club will teach you to create a handcrafted and lathe-turned functional writing pen made from either wood or acrylic. Learn to properly use a lathe, tool control, finishing techniques, and final assembly of your newly created,
beautiful writing instrument. Proudly use it daily, or gift it to someone special as you’ll take one (or two) home at days’ end.

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Turning a Pen on the Lathe


Bemis School of Art

818 Pelham Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 475-2444
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