Beginning Woodturning: A Foundation Course

Many young minds will soon be focused on spinning wood in southeast Oklahoma as Oklahoma Forestry Services’ museum, the Forest Heritage Center partners with the Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners to offer woodturning classes at a rural high school in southeast Oklahoma.

Beginning Woodturning: A Foundation Course will be offered at the Broken Bow High School on February 19th – March 8th, 2019. These very unique programs introduce local high school students to the art and craft of woodturning, with special emphasis on it as an art form.

During the course of the program, students are given the opportunity to work with the surrounding areas most talented woodturners.  Beginning Woodturning was developed to teach and mold each student’s individual artistic turning style. In addition to learning woodturning techniques, the students are also introduced to form, balance, design and exhibit setup.

Several of the senior students who have progressed through the program are looking forward to mentoring and assisting the underclassmen.  This intermingled skill between classmates will further build the confidence and self-esteem of the students.

This year, prize money has been donated by several local businesses and a special exhibits will be held at the lobby of 1st Bank & Trust, Broken Bow from March 12th through April 11th. These exhibits will showcase the talents of each school’s students to the community.

In addition to the high school classes, the Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners will again be sponsoring evening classes for adults.  Whether you have woodturning experience or have never turned before, the evening classes will offer something for everyone. The classes are offered to the community FREE of charge and each class will focus on teaching and demonstrating basic “learn to turn” skills so that participants can turn in their own homes.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to come learn from the “masters.” Evening programs will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., February 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th and March 5th and 7th at the Broken Bow High School Carpentry Shop. Come as you are; no registration, tools or prior woodturning knowledge are necessary to attend.

This is an experience that will last a lifetime; you don’t want to miss out! For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center Museum at 580-494-6497 or email

 This program is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners, the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association.