John Beaver

J Beaver Feb Rev

John Beaver

Pay in Advance for All-Day Demo Here. available online until 5pm on February 14th.  You can pay at the door.

John has always lived near the ocean, and was inspired to bring the motion and rhythm of the waves to a round object.  The exploration of that concept led to the “wavy” design which is still the core element of his work today.

He started by placing the design on bowls, because that’s kind of the obvious thing to make on a lathe, but as he developed new techniques John found that he could remove the restriction of the vessel and let the design stand alone as a sculptural form.


By working with round forms he found an opportunity to create designs that have no beginning or end.  Even as they sit still, you can imagine the design wrapping around the piece and coming back into view, giving rhythm to the design.   By moving the shapes around on the piece John found the energy that hopefully gives a feeling of movement to an otherwise static form.

Feb. 15th Demo includes:

  • Creating the Wave
  • Protruding Wave
  • Flying Rib Vase
  • Tips and Tricks galore
  • Plus more!!


Three hands-on Classes  -

(change in Sunday class noted below)

Click to enroll/pay for class.

3 Hands-on classes offered:

Feb.16 –Basic Wave Bowl & Basic Bangles

Feb 17 –Basic Wave & Protruding Bowl

Feb 18 –Basic Wave & Protruding Bowl

Limit 6 per class






Classes will be held at Timber Woodworking in Mesa.

Total participants limited to 6 per class; 3 days of classes.
Class dates are February 16, 17, 18. Time: 9am to 4:30pm

Feb 16 - Basic Wave Bowl & Basic Bangles (class for all levels )

Feb 17 or 18th - Basic Wave & Protruding Bowl (should be comfortable turning)

Materials for Class:
It is the responsibility of the attendee taking the class to supply the tools needed for the class. Wood will be supplied.


John Beaver hands on class tool and wood list (wood supplied, in cost of class).

Chuck, Jaws & Wrench
Spur Drive
Live Tail Center
Turning Tools for bowls

Feb. 17 & 18 Classes - Advanced

Protruding wave bowl


Basic Wood will be supplied

Project #1 (Basic Wave Bowl)
5”x5”x 16/4 Dry Block of Wood - Preferably light in color like Maple, Birch, Ash
5”x5”x1/8” Thick Veneer - Preferably dark in color like Walnut or Cherry
1/4” Dowel 6” Long
2-4 C-Clamps (4"-5" opening or larger)

Project #2 (Protruding Wave Bowl)
1 (or more) 6” roughed and dried face grain bowl with 3/4” thick walls and tenon. (see photos below for
ideal shapes)
1 6”x6”x3/4” MDF
1 2”x 6”x 3/4” MDF
1 6”x6”x1/4” Soft wood (Douglas Fir, Poplar, Pine) Can also be 2 6x6x1/8” Hard Wood
1/4” Dowel 6” Long



Feb 16 - Beginner Class

Basic Wood will be supplied

Round Bottom Bowl - wave is in different class

Basic Wave Bowl supplies above plus Bangle wood information to follow.





Tools we will use - Please do not go out and buy new items. I will bring everything on the list.

Bring what you have and we can share.

Egg Beater Hand Drill with 1/8 bit
Electric or Battery Drill
1/4" Drill Bit
Divider / Compass
Exacto Knife
Dremel Tool w/ #561 multipurpose cutting bit
PVA Glue (Titebond)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
Contour Gauge / Profile Gauge
Craftsman Handi-Cut - or similar type cutters
20-30 Cotton Swabs
2 Popsicle Sticks