Club Demos and Workshops

I offer 90-minute demonstrations on a wide array of topics and projects.

I am frequently asked to demonstrate or hold a hands-on workshop at turning clubs and guilds throughout the US.

Unfortunately, my schedule only permits limited travel outside of weekends or evenings (this is just a hobby for me, after all).
Most clubs within a 3 hour drive of Tampa, Florida are no problem, even for weekday evening club meetings. However, if additional travel is required, arrangements can be made with enough advanced notice.  For greater distances, I prefer at least two days of work - usually one day of demos and one day of hands-on workshops.  

Please use the information request form on this page for additional details or to make the necessary arrangements.
It's Just a Hobby...

The works and quirks of Steven G Marlow

Maker of things - mostly of wood - sometimes for function, sometimes for beauty, sometimes for both, but always for pleasure.

Demonstrations, personal instruction, or group workshops with hands-on learning are available to all.  Please visit the "Classes and Demos" page for additional information

Classes and Demos

Individual/Private Lessons

Are available at my home/workshop in Largo, Florida.  Lessons are offered in a wide range of subjects and projects, and prices vary based on time, equipment, and materials needed.

  • The classes are “Hands-on” and are tailored to the need of the individual.  They can be done on a full size lathe or a mini lathe, depending on what the student typically uses at home.
  • Projects are open to the needs, desires, and skill level of the student. I provide wood for the class, and prefer to let you keep your "special" piece for when you are proficient in your newly learned technique.

  • As needed, I can provide all chucks, lathe accessories and a full set of tools, but suggest that the student bring as much of his or her own items as possible.  It is always better to learn with the tools you will use.

  • Specialty tools are also available for use such as hollowing tools, texturing tools, and jigs.

  • I provide all "consumables," including all wood, finishes, abrasives, glue, colorants and dyes, paints, inlay, chemicals and/or solvents required for use in the class. Unless you have a very specific need to bring any of these, I would prefer you leave these items at home.

  • A full workshop of ancillary power tools are available, including a grinder, band saw, table saw, belt and disk sanders, drill press, thickness planer and routers.  Proper safety training for any of these tools is required before use.

*Students should bring their own tools when possible, and are always required to bring safety glasses/face shield, and a dust mask or respirator.  

Hearing protection is recommended for projects requiring power sanding, dust collection, or any stationary power tools

Current topics include:

 Minimum time required‡


Basic (beginner) tool use and sharpening techniques

A complete overview of different turning tools, and how to use them.  The class includes an overview of tool shapes and grinds, cutting techniques for several different elements of spindle and face-grain work, stance, support, mounting methods, and grind angles and basic sharpening methods.   
2.5 hours
             (Includes a mandatory 30-minute session on lathe safety)
Your own turning tools to sharpen 
              Spindle turning techniques and projects

This class focuses on  spindle work (long-grain cutting) and provides an understanding of the fundamental bevel-cutting techniques required for all aspects of the craft. Students will explore the use of several tools including spindle gouges, scrapers, bedans, and skews. We will practice turning beads, coves, and various shapes on different size spindles, and then use those skills to complete several projects.

2 hours
Includes Pen turning

4 hours if the lesson will include end-grain hollowing (goblets or small boxes)
 Turning End Grain Forms
Small Boxes and Goblets

The next step in spindle turning; Here the student will not only put to practice everything he/she knows about turning long-grain, but will then explore the unique tools for, and nuances of, hollowing along end-grain.  These skills will be put to the test by making a lidded box or a long-stemmed goblet.
        3 hours
The Offset Box - Salt Cellar or Keepsake box with Magnetic Hinged Lid
Endgrain lidded box with an offset cavity.  Magnets work as a pivot to hold the lid in place.  Unique project that makes a great gift

3 hours

Basic Bowl turning

A face-grain class that helps you understand the differences and distinctions related to making a bowl or platter.  This lesson discusses grain direction/orientation  and the tools needed to properly cut the wood.  You will learn the various methods for mounting a bowl blank, and how to true-up a blank, and then techniques for shaping and hollowing your project. Sharp tools and a comfort level with spindles is highly recommended before taking this class.

3 hours

Flat to Fabulous:  The Inverted Stacked Ring (making a bowl from a board)

A unique way to turn your scraps and cut-offs into beautiful and functional turnings.  This class will take you through the entire process, including gluing, mounting, and truing methods.  You will make and take home the special jigs needed to produce the repeatable results.

5 hours
(Includes two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch break)

REQUIRES: 1/16" fluted midi-parting tool (like Sorby 998H).

Any boards or cutoffs you may want to use to make your bowl.


Deep Vessel Hollowing

This advanced class explores several options for hollowing deep vessels like vases or hollow forms.  You will try several different types of tools, including hand-held deep-hollowing scrapers, forearm-braced hollowing bars, and full captive bar systems with laser depth and thickness guides.  We will also cover form and shaping aesthetics and the techniques to keep a deep vessel secure on the lathe.

3 hours

‡ Minimum Time you must allocate for the class.  Most sessions run longer

*Students should bring their own tools when possible, and are always required to bring safety glasses/face shield, and a dust mask or respirator.  

Hearing protection is recommended for projects requiring power sanding, dust collection, or any stationary power tools

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Additional classes/subjects are available by request.  Please contact me for more information

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