Bowl Turning W/ Liam O’Neill

Deep Bowl with Grooved and Undercut Rim



David Ellsworth says:

“Liam O’Neill is one of the great studio woodturners from Ireland. He specializes in decorative open bowls and turned outdoor sculpture, and is the author of the classic ‘Irish grind’ bowl gouge. His vast knowledge and experience plus his natural sense of Irish humor has made him one of the top demonstrators since he first came to America back in the mid-1980s.”

Bowl Turning:


I start the day by demonstrating all stages of making from conversion of wood to finishing base. I can add a module showing different styles of bowl such as undercut rim, thin wall etc, as well as some beading and grooving techniques, all of which I use in my own production.


Sometimes it makes sense to do the added module just after lunch when students have had an opportunity to work through the techniques demonstrated in the morning. I emphasise cutting techniques using different gouges such as the side ground (which I popularised in the US)


Beginning Bowl Turners welcome, You must have taken Intro to the Lathe or have some previous turning experience.



Materials needed:




Local hardwood such as cherry, maple, walnut, butternut etc. I suggest 14 inch diameter logs cut into 14″ lengths beforehand and kept in plastic bags to stop splitting.


The Woodworkers Club (WWC) may have some logs available for sale. Size, Species, Quality & Quantity will vary.


Deep Bowl with Grooved and Undercut Rim



Tools needed by students for Class:


Bowl Turning:


  • 2 x 1/2″ Bowl Gouges — Grind shape not important — they can be changed.
  • 2 x 3/8″ Bowl Gouges
  • 1 x Heavy scraper 1 1/2″w x 3/8″ thick — domed or straight for finishing inside bottom of bowl.
  • 1 each 1/4″, 3/8″ & 1/2″ spindle gouges.
  • 1 x 3/8″ beading & parting tool.
  • 1″ round nose scraper
  • 1/2″ square nose scraper


WWC has many tools that may be loaned out. WWC turning tool grinds may not be changed.



April 12th

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The Woodworkers Club

This class is full. Please check the schedule for other available dates.