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Intro to Wood Turning: Make a French Rolling Pin

Date(s) - Wednesday, Oct 12th

Ottawa Tool Library


Learn the basics of wood turning and make a small rolling pin

This workshop will give you an introduction to wood turning, basic lathe operation, and safety guidelines. You will get hands-on experience, setting up a piece for turning, and practicing a variety of different cuts using different traditional turning tools. Once the new turners have a good feel for how to safely use the tools, we will move onto creating a small (~12”) maple French rolling pin.

This workshop is for beginner turners or those who have interest in wood turning but have not yet had the opportunity.

You will be taught by Tom Burns who has been turning for four years completed a variety of projects including rolling pins, salad bowls, baby rattles, porch spindles, and replica water cannons for a pirate ship. You can see his work via the link above. His area of focus is turning wood bowls from freshly felled trees as he loves managing wood movement to uncover the natural beauty in a piece of wood and give a tree a second life after it’s no longer standing.


Workshops are transferable but non refundable. Please make sure this date works for your schedule.

All participants and instructors are required to wear face masks during the workshop and be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination needs to be shown before workshop.