I wasn't sure what to expect from the "Pots and Tools" course when I signed up for it. The instructor, Jay, is a really handy person, he does all the technical work and even some of the construction work around the studio, and has made many of his own tools. But he is also amazing at throwing. So I imagined that we'd start throwing, and then along the way we'd think of some tools which would be useful, and have some diversions to make or alter our tools accordingly.
Instead, our first class was a full-on woodworking class. Jay showed us a large variety of pottery tools, made of wood and bamboo and brass and other materials, and indicated that we'd make many of them in this course.
There was a band saw, with a very narrow blade, to cut out some hand tools from planks of wood (we weren't sure what types of wood they were, but they were very fragrant). An axe for splitting the bamboo. A very blunt hand saw, to cut bamboo strips in the mitre box. A dremel tool. And my favourite, the bench top belt and disc sander. A few of us were so hooked on this tool, that we were talking about buying one. It looks like I could get one for about $200. Tempting.
[ Edit : I have since discovered that the special saw is called a scroll saw, not a band saw. ]
Anyhow, here are some of the throwing tools which we made :
I'm excited, and can hardly wait until next class, to play with more power tools, and make more pottery tools. I think I'll research more ideas, different shapes of tools I may want, since I want an excuse to cut and sand more wood. :-) It occurred to me during the class that if I were organized, I could also make tools for friends, especially my good friend Mariana, but I also know Jay, he manages to stay way ahead of us, and I'll probably have a challenge keeping up with his ideas, never mind making extras along the way. But we'll see.
Our class was supposed to end at 1PM, but I couldn't pull myself away from the sander and dremel until about 3PM. Which left only 2.5 hours in the open workshop. At that point, I was happy to get my hands into clay, but didn't want to make a mess at the wheel, and spend half an hour cleaning up. So I did some hand building. Mainly, I spent time making a coil pot.