Welcome to Harvard College Woodturning at Mather House!

A beginner class starts every semester. Classes are scheduled according to the interest and availability of turners at each level. Classes generally run 4 hours a week.

The Instructor

Our instructor, Alan Hark, has been wood turning since 1986. He also does production and restoration turning, and his work is featured in a number of galleries and some private collections. His patient style, easy smile and infectious enthusiasm will draw you into the beauty of wood and the craft of woodturning.

Why should you do woodturning?

  • Learn to shape wood on a lathe with hand tools, safely and effectively: Our introductory classes serve to teach the basic methods and techniques for creating forms, including wood bowls.
  • As a new turner, you will finish your training in your first semester with a wood bowl of your own.
  • After mastering the basics, you can choose to embark on a more ambitious project in a later session, and Alan will introduce you to fantastic new specialized tools and techniques.

How much does it cost?

  • The cost is $75 for Mather residents and $100 for Harvard affiliates. This fee covers all tools and materials for the semester.

When do we meet?

  • Classes are initially scheduled based on enrollment and individual scheduling needs.
  • Classes are generally occur on afternoons and evenings on Friday, and Saturday, but again, specifics are to be worked out. If you are interested, please email us your availability.
  • All new students will undertake a total of 24 hours of instruction and practice, divided into 4 hours sessions once a week.

What else does Alan do?

For more info contact the Woodturning Studio Assistant, Logan Qualls (Currier '21) at harvard.wood.turning@gmail.com