Learn the Fundamentals of Woodturning This Summer with Kevin Felderhoff

Popular instructor Kevin Felderhoff will return to the Folk School later this summer to teach “Fundamentals of Woodturning,” a wonderful, all-levels class that covers essential concepts in woodturning design and process. Students start the week exploring the basics of the craft, increase their skills and expanding their creative expression as the days go by. 

Kevin is an accomplished woodturner currently living in Brevard, North Carolina. We wanted to hear more about his approach to making and what students can expect in his class this summer. Enjoy our interview below!

Interested in Kevin’s upcoming class? There are still a few spots available–register today!

JCCFS: Tell us more about your upcoming class, “Fundamentals of Woodturning,” happening in August. What will folks learn and what can they expect to leave this class with?

KF: In my woodturning class, students can expect to leave with a solid understanding of essential concepts in woodturning design and process. Over the course of the week, students will create a variety of small functional and decorative objects, beginning with weed pots and small vases before moving on to more complex projects such as wood-stemmed wine glasses and threaded acorn boxes. Whether you are a beginning or intermediate student, you will have the opportunity to select projects of your choice as you develop your skills and expand your creative expression. By the end of the class, you will have gained the knowledge and experience needed to continue your woodturning journey with confidence.

JCCFS: What do you love most about woodturning? What is it about this craft that inspires you?

KF: There’s something deeply satisfying about rescuing a rough, gnarled piece of wood and transforming it into a stunning work of art. For me, woodturning is not just a hobby, but a passion that continues to inspire and impress me with its endless possibilities. I relish the challenge of analyzing the rescued wood, calculating the best angle to mount it on the lathe, and creating something truly unique and beautiful. Looking ahead, I’m excited to continue exploring and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of woodturning.

Best way to end the day in the studio: testing your handmade wood-stemmed wine glass and overlooking our historic Farm House!

Kevin and students from a previous “Fundamentals of Woodturning” class showing off some of their progress!

More projects made throughout the week

Kevin’s view of the sunset from the woodturning studio

Some of Kevin’s woodturned cowboy hats

JCCFS: You’ve taught at the Folk School a few times now, correct? What are you looking forward to this time around?

KF: My favorite aspect of the Folk School is the sense of community that is fostered on campus. I look forward to seeing the wonderful craft projects created by students and hearing about their experiences throughout the week. It’s inspiring to see so many people from different backgrounds come together to learn, create, and connect with one another. Enjoying the opportunity to connect with staff and meet new students is also a highlight of my visits.

Additionally, the Folk School provides a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing me to immerse myself in a week of getting out of the hubbub and focusing on the joy of creating. Overall, there’s a palpable sense of joy and creativity on campus that I always look forward to experiencing when I return to teach.

JCCFS: Tell us a little more about yourself for those who are unfamiliar.

KF: I’m a woodworker and woodturner currently residing in Brevard, North Carolina. I was born and raised in Muenster, Texas and earned a BS in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Construction Management from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

My love for building things and working with wood started in high school, where I was fortunate to have an amazing shop teacher who taught me great woodworking techniques. I began designing and building furniture in high school, and have continued to do so throughout my life using reclaimed barnwood and mesquite.

While living in Alabama, I was introduced to woodturning by a colleague and quickly became involved with the Alabama Woodturners. In 2009, I was elected as the President of the organization. Now, I’m a member of the Carolina Mountain Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. Through these organizations, I’ve been able to connect with other woodturners, learn new techniques, and showcase my work in exhibitions and galleries.

Fallen wood is prevalent in the mountains of North Carolina where I live, and I often use rescued wood when woodturning.

One of the unique items I’m known for turning is wooden cowboy hats, but I’ve created many intricate designs that showcase the versatility and creativity of woodturning.

JCCFS: What tips would you give an aspiring craftsperson?

KF: One of the most important tips I would give to a student or aspiring craftsperson is to never stop learning and experimenting. Woodturning, like any craft, is a constantly evolving field with new techniques, tools, and materials being introduced all the time. The key to staying ahead of the curve is to approach each project with an open mind and a willingness to try new things. This might mean taking classes, attending workshops or seminars, or simply dedicating time to research and experimentation on your own. Finally, don’t be afraid to make mistakes – they are an inevitable part of the learning process and can often lead to unexpected and exciting discoveries.

JCCFS: Where can folks find you if they want to stay up to date on your work?

KF: kevinfelderhoff.com is my website. Folks can follow me on Facebook at @KLF Wood Designs and on Instagram at @klfwooddesigns

Kevin’s four-legged friends Rudy and Ella help him unload some salvaged wood.

“Fundamentals of Woodturning”  table at Closing Ceremony!

Upcoming Class with Kevin

Fundamentals of Woodturning

August 27 – September 2, 2023

Learn essential concepts in woodturning design and process by making small functional and decorative objects. Start the week exploring the basics while turning weed pots and small vases, then progress to a pair of wood-stemmed wine glasses, small acorn jars with threaded lids, and more. Continue with projects of your choice as you increase your skills and expand your creative expression. Beginning and intermediate students welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.

One of Kevin’s custom pieces

About Kevin Felderhoff

Kevin Felderhoff was born and raised in Muenster, TX and earned a BS of Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Construction Management from Texas State University in San Marcos. He currently lives in Brevard, NC, where he turns and designs furniture for a hobby. Kevin participates in numerous exhibitions and demonstrations and has published two articles in the AAW Journal – “A Commemorative Urn – for a Special Friend” & “A Bark-edged Flying-wing Vase.” Kevin is a Member of the AAW, Golden Triangle Woodturners & Carolina Mountain Woodturners (board member).

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