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Phil Holtan’s Turning Workshops for 2018-2019

Two-Day and One-day Workshops

I have been leading weekend and other workshops for woodturners for 35 years. I have worked with over 1695 turners in over 265 workshops, mostly two-day workshops with just three turners at a time. My regular two-day workshops are offered from January to June.  The schedule is below:

2 day Workshops/3 turners  $340  

  ___ December 21-22 (1 space) __January 4-5  __January 11-12  __January 25-26  ___Feb 1-2  Call about Weekday dates if you have at least 2 participants. 

1 Day Workshops/1-3 turners  $160/day    __January 6    __January 20  ___Jan. 7 Sharpening emphasis

Other weekdays available by appointment. 

If you are interested in a weekend, print out the Registration form motels and directions 2019 fill out the registration form and send it to Phil Holtan 43497 County Highway 53, Perham, MN 56573.  If you have questions as to whether there is space in the workshop, or for any other reason, call me at 701-261-6044.  The registration pdf also include information on area motels.    I put together other workshops in the summer and fall if I can fill a workshop with three turners.

Workshop Dec 2017

Three turners, sometimes two, always take home a lovely bowl they have turned.

2 Day Workshops- $340 2 days/3 turners 

  • Hands-on workshop.  You will each have a lathe and set of tools and will be turning most of the time, with instruction in the-midst-of your turning.
  • Beginner to intermediate turners
  • No tools or experience necessary- I provide tools, lathes, meals and lots of support.
  • Spindle turning fundamentals the first day, and finishing your first bowl on the second day.

Workshop Schedule 

First day- Friday 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  • Orient lathes, tools and safety
  • Sharpening, begin spindle turning skills
  • Roughing blanks
  • “Taming of the skew”
  • Coves and beads with gouge, beading tool, and skew chisel
  • “Keep it sharp” and “Ride the bevel” will ring in your ears

Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Review spindle turning
  • Bowl turning with bowl gouges
  • Go from green wood to bowl blanks
  • Practice first and then turn your first bowl
  • Learn to harvest, dry and use green logs
  • Design, chucking, and tool handling
  • Sanding and finishing

One-Day Workshops

I am doing more single-day workshops for experienced turners eager to learn new skills.

  • No more than 3 students at a time, who need to have at least intermediate skills or have made special arrangements. That means either having taken one of my workshops already or being quite experienced and skillful. We design a program to fit you. Can be weekdays or weekends if I do not have a workshop, always by appointment.
  • I provide the noon meal.
  • Generally students provide their basic tools (unless you arrange beforehand to rent some)
  • We can make specific goals– coring out multiple bowls, hollow vessels, spindle or ring turning, etc.
  • Cost is $160 each person/day (7 hours)
  • With less than 3 students, I work on my projects too. turning projects.

Resources for Workshops


I built a new shop in 2007-2009 on my lake lot. It is in a very Norwegian style with 6 huge turned posts around two sides of the shop. It definitely looks like a turner’s shop.

Inside, I have built a state of the art woodturner’s shop. It has two dust collector systems that will keep the air as clean as possible. It has lots of windows and space so we can be very comfortable with multiple turners at the same time.  I have both a retail store for my turnings as well as a variety of turning tools, chucks and supplies available for sale.

You’ll work on one of several great lathes in my shop – 2 Powermatic 35-20B lathes with a 20 inch swing, and an Australian Woodfast bowl lathe with 20-inch swing.  I have several full sets of tools, including the Crown (Sheffield, England) tools for which I am a dealer, the Stewart system for hollowing, the Trent Bosch video system for hollowing, the McNaughton system for coring multiple bowls, the Escoulen System for Off-center turning, the Beall buffing system and a variety of chucks. You will work with great lathes and sharp tools and experience turning at its very best.

If you have your own tools, please bring them to learn to sharpen and use them, but you don’t need to bring anything.

Hear what Participants say:

  • “Just an absolutely great two days for me” – Duey M.
  • “Excellent job-you really know your stuff and you teach it very well. Couldn’t be more pleased with what I learned and the bowl I produced.” – Bob R.
    • “You’re a good teacher-a fun time.” – Al S.
    • “Can’t believe time went by so fast; very informative, great hands on shop.” – Keith B.

Cored stack of ash bowls

Turning students 2014 including 2 hs kids



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