Woodturning With Karen Freitas - Hands On

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Woodturning with Karen Freitas

"I had been employed by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff from 1984 until 1988 when I got married to my husband and biggest supporter Maury. When we decided to have children, I quite working full time and was lucky enough to stay home with my two children.

I began my journey in to the woodworking world in the mid 1990’s as a student at Palomar College. I took many classes making furniture such as cabinets for both the kitchen and items for the house. At the time, I was staying home with my two beautiful children. While they were going to school, I had time to enjoy some time in the shop and build things.

In 1999, I decided to go back to work for the Sheriff’s Department and knew I wouldn’t have time for lengthy furniture projects. I had always wanted to try turning wood so I took a two weekend class at Palomar with my mentor Nan Bushley. I was hooked!

I have been on the board and a member of the San Diego Woodturners for many years and I assist with scheduling the professional turners we bring in to demonstrate for our club. I’ve assisted and have learned from some of the best instructors in the world of turning. I had the late Alan Batty stay with my family on several occasions and he was the one who got me started on twisting. Having such a close friend show me the “ropes” has helped me understand some of the other many ways to lay out and cut a twist.

I still enjoy some furniture making but my passion is turning. I sell my work at the Art in Wood gallery in Spanish Village in Balboa Park and at craft shows throughout California. I have taught twisting at the San Diego Woodturners, Orange County Woodturners, Bay Area Woodturners, Utah and AAW Symposiums and most recently at a hands on retreat in Texas." - Karen Freitas

The participants taking the Saturday afternoon and Sunday class will learn how to create a twisted handle such as one you would put on a bottle opener on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday everyone wil go through the process of making a Twisted candle holder with a square base. Practice wood will be provided but if you have a favorite piece of wood waiting to be twisted bring it along. Bring your dremel or carving unit if you have one, we have a few available. It would be best if you bring your own tools as well, but we can loan you some if you can't bring them. Don't forget eye protection and dust masks.

Lunch will be provided on Sunday. Please let us know if you have any diet restrictions so we can plan accordingly. You can contact us at info@woodworkersemporium.com or 1-800-779-7458 (local 702-871-0722).

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Class Date (Day 1):
Saturday, June 1st
Class Time (Day 1):
2pm to 6pm (after demo)
Class Date (Day 2):
Sunday, June 2nd
Class Time (Day 2):
9am to 4pm (lunch will be served)
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