Live Online Event

AAW Presents: Beth Ireland
Using the Lathe to Make Stringed Instruments

Saturday, October 23, 2021

3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Join us online for an intriguing session with Beth Ireland, who will present the lathe as a tool for creating stringed instruments!

Beth uses techniques such as offset turning, segmenting, split turning, and faceplate turning to create a variety of stringed instruments including guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, and banjos. In this demonstration, you’ll:

  • See Beth apply two techniques of architectural woodturning, offset and split turning, to sculpt a neck for a stringed instrument.
  • Watch Beth utilize the lathe as a power carver to quickly create a variety of neck profiles.
  • Hear a short overview of how an instrument is laid out.
  • Learn how to begin simple instrument making with the use of a neck and a found object like a cigar box.



  • $10 AAW members, $15 all others
  • Preregistration required. Replay will be available to registered attendees only.

Registration Notes

  • All experience levels are welcome.
  • The presentation is expected to last approximately 120 minutes.
  • Registration extended through through Saturday, October 23, at noon Eastern Time.


Confirmation/Receipt and Event Link

  • After registering, you will receive a receipt/confirmation by email.
  • A link to the event will be sent by email approximately 24-hours prior to the event. Day-of registration links will be sent immediately prior to the event.


  • Advance registration includes online replay of the event. The replay will be available to registered attendees through November 14. Registered attendees will be provided a link via email when the replay is available for viewing. 



About Beth Ireland

Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled “Turning Around America” since 2010 and an instrument making project called “” since 2016 and has received three Windgate fellowships. She also teaches the Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Beth lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

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