Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Making Things Round

Making Wood Round. Ben Kahn studied wood turning with Rude Osolnik.


Making Things Round





Ben has been developing his fine woodworking skills since 1997 when he studied industrial technology at Berea College. During this time his passion for craft also focused on clay, metal and many hours on the lathe apprenticing with Rude Osolnik.

A graduate and instructor at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Ben has transitioned from full to part-time instructor at NWSWB in order to teach workshops at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, the Arbutus Folk School in Olympia and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Come and explore the wide variety of techniques with Ben, to produce round objects in wood. The emphasis is working with hand tools, some select machines and a brief introduction to the lathe.


Class Description

In this one week primer, students will work with local boat-builder/turner/instructor Ben Kahn to explore a wide variety of techniques to produce round objects in wood. Things don’t become round by accident and it is a nearly impossible task without an understanding of basic geometry. This class is designed to help students grasp an understanding of the array of techniques available to the modern woodworker. Whether you are interested in making a piece that is completely round, or incorporating round or curved work into a piece, this class will provide a multitude of techniques and examples to pull from.

- Craftsman style tapered columns
- Axe and tool handles
- Furniture components such as legs or bed posts
- Boat masts
- Rolling pins
- Art/sculpture
- And more!

All of these projects are easy and fun to execute using time tested methods to get the most repeat-ability and efficiency possible. Students will learn how to make wooden pieces that have a straight or curved taper and stay perfectly round in cross-section. The class will mostly be using hand tools and some select machines, with a brief introduction to the lathe.

Required Tools: none

Suggested Tools: adjustable 6” square, and any planes you own


This class is open to all skill levels, however you’ll likely get more out of the course if you are a woodworker or artist who is looking to incorporate round features into your work.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on December 2-6, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $75
Register by: November 7, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.