Greg Gallegos has been artistically inclined since he was very young. He was heavily into wood shop in high school and first fell in love with the lathe there. It took him another ten years after high school to be able to purchase a lathe.
After years of properly learning the craft and practicing the skills, Greg felt he was ready to start selling. He started with the local craft and art markets, which lead to several large national shows.
These days, Greg has settled into a fairly normal routine of being spontaneously creative at times and then prodigiously productive at other times. Trying to find a happy medium…not likely to happen but…Greg loves wood with a passion which keeps him wondering what the next piece of wood he cuts into will show him. He tries not to limit himself to a particular set of skills. He has turned just about everything there is to turn and loves them all. Hollow forms, natural edge bowls, functional tableware bowls in production runs, whimsical pieces, and decorative carving as well. Greg gravitates towards working with green wood to completion, as he really feels that it gives the wood its most simplistic forms and keeps the organic quality of the wood intact.
Although the class is setup as follows, adjustments to the curriculum can be made, based on the student feedback at the beginning of the workshop!
- In this workshop Greg will go over the basics of turning green wood to completion from start to finish.
- Projects we will cover are Podlets(wooden flowers), wooden pots and an intro into hollow vessel turning.
Topics covered for all three projects will be:
- Wood selection
- Grain alignment
- Proper tool approach
- Microwave drying
- Texture-surface decoration
You will learn how Greg approaches each of these projects from picking the wood, to how to use attractive figure in the wood to your benefit. You’ll also learn how to get the maximum amount of movement out of your green wood, for those projects that are enhanced by the wood movement. Greg will also talk about turning green wood and how you can take a different look at turning through this lens, to create unique and one of a kind pieces.
This class will be held Friday, Saturday & Sunday – January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2020!
Everything you will need for this class will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish to.
Lunch & Snacks will be provided.
Call: 815.701.9400 and press “1” to speak with one of our staff members to reserve your seat.
Class Fees: One class – $525.00
Material Fees: $55.00
This is a non-refundable, “pre-paid” class to hold your position for the event.
This three day class will be held at the new Bull Valley Hardwood woodturning education facility – January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2020
Facility Location: 18014 Collins Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098