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Introduction to Woodturning

Woodturning basics and a turning demonstration

Introduction to Woodturning

Woodturning basics and a turning demonstration

Event Details

Guided by

Julie Jackson / Surcle


06:30pm - 08:30pm


June 12, 2024

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2 hrs

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About Julie Jackson / Surcle

Julie Jackson is a professional woodturner and furniture maker with an eye toward conservation. Working out of her wood shop in the Fashion District; she designs, carves, and builds lighting, furniture, and sculpture using lumber from fallen trees and reclaimed/recycled lumber. Julie has always been especially drawn to woodturning, a sub-discipline within woodworking in which wood is carved into round forms using a wood lathe and specialized chisels. She has been turning wood professionally for 10 years and loves to share her knowledge of the craft.


Learn the basics of woodturning! This class is all about the lathe, everybody's favorite tool in the wood shop. Learn about this meditative art form with turning enthusiast and expert, Julie Jackson.

Woodturning is a craft that involves shaping wood using a lathe, a machine that rotates the wood at high speeds while a sharp cutting tool is applied to it. The process allows artisans to create a variety of objects, from functional items like bowls, vases, and utensils to decorative pieces like sculptures and ornaments.

Participants will learn the parts of the lathe, best safety practices, and pro tips at Julie's wood shop in DTLA. The class includes a live turning demonstration by Julie, so be prepared to get a little dusty! All attendees will take home a one-of-a-kind bud vase made by Julie.

What's included

  • Guide to sourcing wood with samples of different wood species
  • Discussion of the lathe and it's main parts / functions
  • Overview of lathe tools and accessories
  • Chisel sharpening demo
  • Wood turning demo
  • One-of-a-kind hand turned bud vase made by Julie to take home

What to bring

  • Bring comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dusty
  • Pen and paper if you want to take notes
  • N95 mask


Official meet-up location and further event details to be sent out upon ticket confirmation.