VAFW180 Woodturning

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW180 Woodturning
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five (5) hours outside of class each week in the woodshop area under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This studio course explores the historical and contemporary basics of lathe work. This course investigates both spindle (between center) and bowl (faceplate) turning techniques. Students learn how to care for, sharpen, and use a variety of lathe tools. Students design and make a variety of lathe-turned objects.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the different types and traditions of turned-wood furniture, sculpture, and embellishments;
    2. apply techniques necessary to care for and sharpen a variety of lathe tools;
    3. employ a variety of cutting and scraping processes in the context of both between-center and faceplate techniques;
    4. select appropriate woods for their projects;
    5. demonstrate an understanding of the hand skills necessary to create a repertoire of turned-wood forms;
    6. assess the turned forms for sculpture, furniture, and other functional items; and
    7. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. proper procedure for sharpening and caring for tools
    2. turn spindle and bowl forms on the lathe
    3. design and make turned-wood forms on the lathe
    4. use finishing techniques applicable to the turning process
    5. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based upon successful design, execution, and completion of assigned woodworking projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Instructor selected reference text. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 2/05; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015