I remember the day I first heard of Dave Fisher. I was standing in front of my shop talking with one of my students about Instagram and he mentioned Dave Fisher. He seemed surprised that I’d never heard of him, so he pulled out his phone and started looking for Dave’s Instagram account.
This is usually a non-starter for me. Most of the time I find myself gritting my teeth as I peer over the person’s shoulder at a tiny screen. But Dave Fisher’s work was different. Beautiful flowing curves and crisp tool marks filled the screen. They were, quite simply, the most beautiful wooden bowls I had ever seen. Beautifully photographed too!
Then Curtis Buchanan met him at Greenwood Fest and kept telling me what a nice guy he is. He’s been high up on my list of people I’d like to meet ever since. I am thrilled that he has agreed to teach a three-part bowl carving class with me. We’ll meet virtually for the first time during the class in a couple weeks.
The week before Dave’s class, I’m going to teach a class on Woodturning for Chairmakers. I’ve been intimidated about teaching woodturning online, but during the reamer class I realized that we have so many cameras that in some ways it might be better than learning in person. You can go practice, then watch the recording, then repeat over and over till you can turn your brain off and just turn. Here’s the scoop:
WOOD TURNING FOR CHAIRMAKERS with ELIA BIZZARRI; February 20th, 1pm Eastern
We’ll talk about turning green and dry wood, and look at how different wood species work in the lathe. Setting up the lathe will be discussed and we’ll look at a few different home-made tool rests. Techniques for sharpening and using the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool and skew chisel will be shown in detail. Elia will then turn samples of double-bobbin, baluster and bamboo chair legs and answer all your questions. $40 or pay-what-you-can – register on my Online Classes page.
BOWL CARVING with DAVE FISHER and ELIA BIZZARRI, Pt. 1: BLANK PREPARATION, LAYOUT, and HOLLOWING, February 27th, 1pm Eastern
In this first session, we’ll begin with the orientation of the future bowl in the log. We’ll go on to prepare the blank and use a compass in various ways to establish reference points for a symmetrical layout. We’ll learn adze and gouge technique for creating the hollow. We’ll leave time for questions and discuss managing green wood before and during the carving stages. $40 or pay-what-you-can- register on my Online Classes page.
BOWL CARVING with DAVE FISHER and ELIA BIZZARRI, Pt. 2: SHAPING the EXTERIOR, March 6th, 1pm Eastern
In this session, we’ll layout the foot on our still-green blank and learn a systematic approach to sculpting the complex exterior surfaces with an axe, a drawknife, and a gouge. Alternative tools and methods will also be discussed. We will take time to discuss drying procedures and other considerations to avoid cracking. Again, we’ll leave time for discussing questions thoroughly. $40 or pay-what-you-can – register on my Online Classes page.
BOWL CARVING with DAVE FISHER and ELIA BIZZARRI, Pt. 3: REFINING and CARVING the FINAL SURFACES, March 20th, 1pm Eastern
After two weeks of drying, the green-carved bowls will be ready for the final transformation. We’ll learn various holding strategies as we refine the hollow and flatten the bottom. We’ll also explore various texturing options and fluting as we finish the side and end surfaces. We’ll refine the upper rim and cut the important final chamfers. We’ll also briefly explore various decorative options. Oil finishing will be discussed and there will be time for questions. $40 or pay-what-you-can – register on my Online Classes page.
You mentioned on Sat about you having information on drawknives in your blog but I could only find a video from a course last year.
Can you point me in the right direction please?
I’m hoping for a bit of a tutorial on sharpening and technique ect.
It’s actually one of the online classes: https://handtoolwoodworking.com/videos-about-chairmaking-hand-tools/
thank you did it.
Sounds great, Elia – but I’ll point out one thing to save some frustration on your readers’ part. Dave Fisher has no Instagram account. It must have been his website/blog combo. He’s too content for social media. https://davidffisher.com/
Oh! Good point – I didn’t realize. I’m proud of him.