Woodturning Certificate

Program Code: 903061

Students in the woodturning courses, offered at the NWTC Artisan & Business Center on Cedar Street in Green Bay, will have the opportunity to learn new skills or expand their knowledge in the area of safe lathe operation, wood stock selection, spindle turning, bowl turning, design, form and balance, banding of pieces of wood together, and bowl finishing. In addition, students will be exposed to principles of business skill development as they apply to the creative economy and setting up a business as a craftsperson.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Select appropriate wood stock and prepare it for turning on a lathe.
• Explore wood lathe accessory equipment as it relates to product development.
• Demonstrate safety behaviors and best practices in woodturning.
• Produce wooden spindles and bowls.
• Evaluate finished products for design, form, balance, and the marketplace.
• Develop strategies for rough log and wood blank selection.
• Appropriately sand and finish turned items.

Catalog No. Description
10-306-100 WOODTURNING 1: INTRODUCTION ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, and processes of motivation, safety policies, woodturning stock, wood lathe, accessory equipment, cutting tools, catch/dig-in cuts, spindle turning setup, and product development.
10-306-101 WOODTURNING 2: BASIC ...woodturning lathe, shop safety practices, woodturning stock, cutting tools, bandsaw, sharpening, chucking, bowl turning setup and product development. (Prerequisite: Woodturning 1: Introduction, 10-306-100)
10-306-102 WOODTURNING 3: INTERMEDIATE ...turning bowls, tool use, wood blanks, rough-turning profile, rough-hollowing, completing the profile, completing the inside, completing the base, sanding, and finishing the product. (Prerequisite: Woodturning 2: Basic, 10-306-101)
10-306-103 WOODTURNING 4: ADVANCED arrangements, product choices, equipment use, wood selection, gluing, spindle turning, faceplate turning, sanding/finishes, and overview of American Association of Woodturners and the marketplace. (Prerequisite: Woodturning 3: Intermediate, 10-306-102)
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