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Ambacht in Beeld Festival
30 & 31 March 2024
Brussels - Tour & Taxis Gare Maritime

| Woodturning – make a spinning top!

Robert Piccart & André Vergalle - Saturday 30 maart & Sunday 31 maart
45 minutes
€ 25
Minimum age:
16 years
Saturday 30 maart
Sunday 31 maart

In this workshop, a cutting way of woodturning is explained and is demonstrated that this method of turning places less strain on the machine and workpiece. Compared to a scraping way of turning, a cutting way of turning has a number of advantages: The pressure on the workpiece is much lower, so it will not break as quickly, less sanding is required and there are fewer vibrations when turning. Chisel control is also much easier, resulting in fewer turning errors. This is the oldest form of woodturning.


This cutting way of turning requires higher technical skills. In the workshop the student gains insight into the intersection of the different chisels. The technique is taught and practiced during the workshop. The student (beginner or advanced) goes home with a spinning top, and with more knowledge!


An ongoing woodturning demonstration is provided between the planned workshops. Visitors can then also receive an explanation (by André) about woodturning and the works on display.


Robert Piccart has been woodturning since 2007. From the start he has focused on learning and using the cutting way of turning. Robert first took an introductory course in woodturning, organized by the Guild of Woodturners. He then also followed a woodturner training level 1a (traditional woodturning and complex turning) at Syntra West Campus Bruges (2008-2009). He supplemented these training courses with  visits to woodturners in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and Denmark. He is a member of the Flemish Guild of Woodturners. He regularly writes articles for the trade magazine “De Vlaamse Houtdraaier”. As his own work, he makes decorative, artistic and utensil objects from turning: cups, bowls, flowers… In addition to making these products, he is also active in restoration. He teaches and fully focuses on the old techniques with the classic turning chisels.


This program is made possible by Erfgoedcel Denderland.



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