Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Working with Color and Texture on Wood


Working with Color and Texture on Wood


Class Description

Explore four techniques to relate the surface of your turned or sculpted form to color, texture and lusciousness.
Learn to use dyes and oil paints resulting in a deep finish.

Experimenting with acrylic washes offers a different way to add color to your turning and texture when using the paint full strength with the Fine Line Applicator.

We will work with a hot as well as a cold wax resist to create drawings and/or patterns.

Students will leave with four 8” x 8” panels - one for each technique - (to serve as future references), as well as four embellished turnings.

Tools & Materials

Students can bring their favorite embellishing tools or use the ones provided by instructor. No tools are required for this course.

Students are required to bring unfinished pieces on which to practice. Helga recommends bringing either:

  • Four sanded and seasoned but otherwise UNFINISHED vessels or sculptures, light in color ( like Madrone, Holly, Ash, Hackberry). Consider them as practice pieces; they can be discarded work or even flat pieces of sanded light colored wood.
  • Or, if you would like to practice the techniques but don't have any practice vessels on hand, you can practice on wood panels. You can either bring four 8 x 8 cradled panels or buy uncradled panels from Helga in class. **If you would like to purchase panels, please check the "Optional- Buy 4 Panels" box when you complete the merchandise section of your registration form.**



Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day and runs until 5:00pm
This class takes place in Building 304 at Fort Worden - not the School Building. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 12
Cost: $295
Materials Charge: $25
Purchase practice panels: $40 (See Tools and Materials section above)

Register by June 3

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.