Nick Cook teaching travel writer Pauline Frommer how to make a honey dipper

Nick Cook is not only a beloved member of our board and an instructor here at the Folk School– he is an inventor! Nick teaches woodturning and has recently developed a new 4224B Wood Lathe with the company Powermatic (

“The Powermatic 4224B is the newest member of the industry-leading family of lathes. Over 900 pounds, the 4224B is the biggest, heaviest, and most capable lathe we’ve ever built. It expands the limits of creative possibility, and takes your passion to a whole new level. With newly designed, top of its class features, the 4224B pushes the limits of design, innovation, and durability.”


Check out Nick Cook and the Powermatic Lathe in action:

Interested in taking a woodturning class? Nick is teaching “Turning for Furniture” in January. Sign up here!

Woodworkers – if you’re interested in adding turned parts to your projects, join us to learn more about the lathe, turning tools, and proper cutting techniques. Practice a variety of cuts, learn to make shapes required for spindle turning, and do some faceplate work. We’ll discuss stock preparation, layout techniques, and how to duplicate parts. Projects include table legs, bun feet, finials, drawer pulls, candlesticks, and a four-legged stool. Some turning experience is advised.

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