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Lathe To Table | Women

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lathe To Table | Head, Hands and Heart | An Event for Women

Join in the fun at a three-day turning and carving weekend that ends with a celebratory group meal using the plates, cups and spoons we will make.

All levels of experience are welcome-including newbies.

You will work in a fun, easy paced environment creating a plate, a cup and a spoon (ok, maybe a sorta spork) using a variety of techniques such as woodturning, pyrography, carving, and encaustic work – don’t worry if you’ve never done any of these, the goal is to try something new. We will all be sharing and learning from each other and the four instructors all bring their own set of skills – including patience, humor, witty banter and lots of knowledge.

If you are an artist whose medium is not wood, please join us.  We would love to share what we know and learn from you.

Several of you have asked what is “Encaustic” ?encaustic wax

Encaustic is the process of  melting the beeswax and varnish and fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is applied then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

It will hopefully be new to many of you and will spur ideas and build a bank of knowledge and skills that we otherwise might not have a chance to experience.  The goal is growth.

Our Rustic Farmhouse Lunch

On the last day we will get together for a rustic lunch (think Ploughmans) crafted from local sources and we’ll use the plates, cups and spoons that we have made.

Both vegetarian and non vegetarian options will be available.

We will grill/smoke some locally sourced meat and vegetables using some of our wood chips and sit down to a crafted meal to celebrate the moment.

In addition to regular drinks (water, wines, soda) our neighbor, craft brewer Hidden Springs Ale will provide some of their summer beers for us to try.

And there will be pie.

Cost and Registration Details

Cost:   $200   (Scroll down to bottom of page to register)

The cost includes event registration, all materials, basic sack lunch Friday and Saturday and the celebration lunch on Sunday.

Dates & Times:   Friday November 2nd  10am – 4pm, Saturday  9am – 4pm and  Sunday November 4th at 9 –  3pm

Lodging –  CLICK here for suggestion

Cancellation and Refund Policy – Although we cannot offer a refund, you may transfer your registration to another person.

Tools & EquipmentNone are needed but if you have any of the following or would prefer to use your own please plan on bringing: A woodburner, face shield, turning smock, power carver, lathe gouges.


Dixie Biggs

Dixie has been a full-time studio woodturner/artist since 1989. She grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for working in wood. Her interest in woodturning began in 1979 when she taught herself to use a wood lathe so she could duplicate a chess set. Having a love of gardening, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme.  She is a glorious Southern woman.

dixie Biggs

Beth Ireland

Beth draws upon a lifetime of professional, traditional Woodturning/Woodworking skills to explore sculpture, architecture and relational aesthetics. Her belief in the power of the object drives her work, exploring the idea of memory locked in objects, and the creation of object as a visible symbol of memory.  She is the most passionate advocate of craft and she plays the strum stick.

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Kate Swann

Renowned for her exquisite textural and surface embellishment work, Kate is a master craftswoman of fine wood furniture and sculptural works. As the founder and director of the Florida School of Woodworking, she oversees the curriculum, classes and mission of the school. Her knowledge and skills come from many years of running Franklin St Fine Woodwork.    Plus she’s British.

Melissa Fair

Melissa, a Florida native, is a poet, writer & mixed media artist. She works with images that catch her sharp (or twisted) eye exploring relationships, culture, the idea of identity, fear, longing, loss – all the complexities that come with the human condition.   As she say about her work – it doesn’t have to tell the truth, it just has to tell A truth.


This event has been supported by a grant from WIT (Women in Turning), and we would like to thank them for their support.

Women in Turning (WIT) is the newest committee of the AAW, bringing together women worldwide who share a passion for woodturning.  WIT is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women in their pursuit of turning, to sharing ideas and processes to further members’ skills and creativity, and to increasing participation of women in the field of woodturning.   Read about the benefits of AAW Membership.