VAFW180 Woodturning

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW180 Woodturning
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five 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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. 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.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. 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 student’s overall progress.
      3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.

    2. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    3. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format. Instructor selected reference text. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 2/05; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012