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2024/01/11 - Guild Meeting - Miniature Hollow Forms with Laurent Niclot

Published on 12/14/2023

Miniature Hollow Forms with Laurent Niclot

  • Thursday January 11th
  • Zoom call opens at 6:15 for socializing.
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM


WGNC has many new programs planned for 2024 and January will be no exception.

For our 2024 kick off Demonstration, WGNC is excited to welcome Laurent Niclot.   

For his demo, Laurent will be turning and hollowing several miniature hollow forms, varying in size and shape, using his signature "Mini Hollowers" he created for this type of hollowing.  Laurent will also use traditional turning tools to do the outside shape, focusing on the desired design shape and finish.

Laurent will also spend time discussing how he can add further to his hollow form by texturing using rotary tools, wire brushes, and coloring with ink and gilding waxes.

As part of the demo, Laurent will key in on:

   - Spindle turning, getting a clean cut
   - Hollowing through a small opening
   - Gauging the wall thickness of a small form
   - Coloring with ink and waxes
   - Carving and texturing with rasps and rotary tools

About our Demonstrator:

LAURENT NICLOT is originally from Southern France, now living in Colorado. Laurent has always loved wood. While working on a degree in woodworking and furniture design, he discovered woodturning and knew it was his passion. At age 20, he participated in the six-month long woodturning class at the Escoulen School in Aiguines, France with Jean-François Escoulen and Yann Marot. After the class, Laurent was hired and worked as the studio coordinator for three years. Today, he continues to create new turning art and teach woodturning. 

His interests include traditional woodturning, texturing, coloring, multi-axis turning, carving, and hollowing. He has taught his techniques around the world, including Belgium, France, Canada, and the US. Laurent considers his work experimental, and his aim is to make pieces that are sculptural, decorative, and designed with a strong message or a story to tell.

Follow Laurent on Instagram: @laurent_niclot