In-Person Workshops with Trent


Vessels Of Illusion, green wood turning, drying techniques for green wood, carving and surface treatments making your own tools, how to generate new ideas from life experiences, finding your voice in this medium, as well as how and where to get started selling your work.

Why Choose This Workshop

Trent has been demonstrating and teaching woodturning for many years.  His approach to teaching is very friendly and direct.  The learning environment is one of patience and understanding.  If you want to take your woodturning to the next level, give it a try. Since 2021, Trent has been co-teaching with Laurent Niclot – two instructors allows for a good ratio & plenty of one-on-one instruction.

Skill Level

I have people of all different skill levels attend my 3-Day classes. I believe that no matter your level – beginner, intermediate and advanced students will benefit from the hands on instruction. Those students that are more advanced will have plenty of time to explore areas they are interested in, and those who are just starting out on their turning journey will receive a great introduction to a variety of topics. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, and I find that this stacked class format is beneficial for all.

I do offer a 4-day Self-Exploration class, however, I find that this class is most enjoyable when participants have already been to one or several of my 3-day workshops.


The cost for the three days is $700 / $900 for 4 day Self-Exploration Class. A $200 deposit is required to hold your space and the remaining amount is due during the workshop. There is NO lab fee and you will be provided with all the wood you can turn and more.  A wide variety of the best equipment is available for your use.  See details about accommodation and lodging in registration packet.

Please note: A cancellation fee of $40 will be charged on cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to the start of the workshop will receive no refund of the deposit. Pending availability, registration is transferable to another class if request is received 30 days prior to the start of the workshop (this is to allow us enough time to fill the empty spot).

There are three options for lunch: (1) you can bring your own lunches (2) for $12/day we can provide lunch each day, it will come from a local vendor, or (3) a combination of the two options. Click here to see EXAMPLE of lunch options.


Workshops are located at Trent’s personal studio in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Click here to see available dates.

Great Ratio

Classes have a maximum of six students, with lots of personal attention. Since 2021, Trent has been co-teaching with Laurent Niclot – two instructors allows for a perfect ratio & plenty of one-on-one instruction.


Workshops are three days and are available throughout the year. Click here for a current schedule.

For more details on the classes, download the following documents:

I have everything that you will need, including as much wood as you are able to turn. My studio is equipped with the highest quality equipment available for your use. Currently I have 7 Robust American Beauty Lathes for use. You will receive a download with a list of optional tools in your deposit registration email.

Details on 4-Day Self Exploration Class: This four day class is designed for students with recent turning experience who are looking to explore more advanced techniques. Students will get the most out of the class if they are comfortable hollowing, and experienced with the use of HSS tools (bowl gouge, spindle gouge, etc.) It is a “Self-Exploration” (SE) class where Trent and his assistant encourage participants to focus on areas they are interested in, but feel like they need some guidance bringing their work and ideas to the next level. Topics covered can vary greatly depending on the group/individuals interests, however in general Trent’s SE class covers hollowing and vessels in depth, extensive surface treatment, and carving techniques. Other topics that sometimes are of interest are sculptural turning, multi-axis turning, large form turning, etc. It is a great fit for those who have already attended Trent’s 3-Day Class. We really like to emphasize the “Self-Exploration” and encourage participants to focus on areas they are interested in and come with ideas. Class is 4-days and $900.

For more information about my workshops feel free to contact me.

We also offer group or private workshops at our studio. Please contact us for further information. 

I look forward to having you in a workshop. See you soon!