Theo Haralampou’s Demonstrations

Finishing Bottoms, Bowls & Live Edge Platters

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

In this Live Session from Brisbane, Australia, Theo will share his techniques on how he finishes his natural edge bowls and platters. We will learn how Theo reverse mounts the work, forms the foot and finishing the bark on the natural edge.  

In this project Theo will cover:

  • How to finish the natural bark edge of a bowl.
  • Rescue remedies for lost bark.
  • Several ways to reverse mount a natural edge bowl or platter.
  • Tools and techniques for creating the base of a bowl.
  • Sanding and finishing.

Sweet Treats & Turning Techniques!!

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Part 1…Cupcake Boxes.

This week’s demo is all about fun….sprinkled with some ingenious Turning Techniques.

Theo will show us how to turn attractive little cupcake boxes which can hide all sorts of goodies such as jellybeans, smarties and M&Ms.

To make the fluted cups, Theo will share how to set up a router and a router table, with a guide to control the depth of cut…. plus we learn all about indexing.

Theo will show us many different styles of toppings for the cupcakes. With colouring and texturing techniques, we can create swirls and cherries as well as hundreds and thousands….we can’t wait!!

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Spindle turning technique
  • Setting up a router table
  • Indexing
  • Colouring
  • Delicious Details

Part 2 – Sweet Treats & Turning Techniques!!

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Part 2…Doughnuts and Ice Cream.

In this weeks session we follow on from the previous Cupcake project, and dive into more Sweet Treats and Turning Techniques.

Create a single, double or triple layered ice cream with a cherry on top, and learn plenty of new turning techniques in the processes.

Strawberry, Chocolate or Vanilla?…learn about colours, finishes and how to texture the wafer cone, with spiralling and knurling tools . 

Theo shows us how to turn a perfect ‘Torus’ on the lathe to exact dimensions.  We will learn several methods of holding the torus to turn both sides. The outcome creates the perfect dougnut….and to finish off, Theo will show us how to create a beautiful sugary coating… without using sugar.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Timber Selection
  • Spiral and Knurling Techniques
  • Turning a ‘Torus’
  • Cool colours
  • Creative Coatings

This one’s gonna be fun!!

Fine Spindle Turning 101

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

It’s difficult to improve on nature, however….

This is your Fine Turning 101 session, where so many techniques are uncovered around spindle gouge control.

In this demonstration, Theo collaborates with the delicate shell of a sea creature, mounted on a finely turned stand.

We learn how to illuminate these delicate gifts from nature, with tiny LED’s. The light shines bright through hundreds of micro-holes creating a mini fantasy light show, making perfect presents for those who appreciate objets d’art.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Fine spindle turning 101
  • Sea urchin types and preparation
  • Wood choices and finishes
  • Creative designs for mushrooms and towers
  • Finial shaping and mounting
  • LED light installation

Potpourri Bowl

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Learn to Turn and Smell like a Rose!

There are so many techniques to learn from this project…timber selection, a focus on form, hollowing, finishing, tool talk and more.

Come and join our International woodworking community to learn with like-minded craftspeople from around the world. Ask questions, and share your knowledge in our global live forum…its great fun and FREE to join.

Fill your finished project with potpourri and let the fresh floral fragrances drift through your home…..some rooms need them more than others….

In this project Theo will cover:

  • The importance of wood selection and grain orientation.
  • Chucking alternatives
  • Factors that influence bowl design
  • Hollowing tools and techniques
  • Sanding and finishing do’s and don’ts

Eccentric Stemmed Goblet

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Learn to Turn a Goblet…with a Twist!!

In this demonstration Theo shares with us how to turn this attractive eccentric stemmed goblet which has great lines, good balance and is pleasing to the eye.

Does Theo use a special chuck? How does he mark the eccentric divisions, how far does Theo offset …….how many more questions do you have??

Join us in this exciting Live Session, where you can ask unlimited questions and learn together with our International community.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Wood selection and grain direction
  • Hollowing techniques
  • How to off-set turn using the Record Power standard 50mm jaws.
  • Why the direction of eccentricity to the grain is so important.
  • How to turn in air.
  • Why sanding and finishing as you go is so important.

Flipping Tippy Tops

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Become a flipping superstar with Theo’s Tippy Tops

These little beauties are spun with the fingers with the head down, go into a wobble and then flip right up onto the stem and keep spinning.

Flipping Tippy Tops are an absolute favourite for children and grown ups alike. 

They provide endless fun and if you make a few…..see which invert the fastest and which ones spin the longest !

In this project Theo will cover:

  • The science behind the magic of inverting tops
  • How to ensure they invert every time
  • Tips on tool control for fine turning
  • Decoration and colouring techniques
  • Dimensions and materials

As an added bonus, Theo will show you an ‘add-on feature’ never seen before,  that will make these beauties spin longer than any others you may have seen or made.

A demonstration not to be missed.

Theo’s Mallet – with Turned Oval Handle

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Is it Thor’s Hammer?…naah..it’s Theo’s Mallet !!

In this session, Theo guides us how to create this great utility item for the workshop or kitchen. 

It can be uses as a ‘persuader’ for stubborn woodworking joints, as a meat tenderizer for the BBQ, or for knocking in tent pegs.  The uses are endless!!

Turning an oval handle on 3 centres is the main feature of this demonstration.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • The importance of grain direction and alignment
  • Drilling the handle hole centrally on the lathe
  • Getting the best finish from a roughing gouge
  • Uncovering the mystery of off-centre turning to form the oval handle
  • Inserting the wedge… do’s and don’ts.

The Emerging Bowl

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Theo shares with us how to turn an ‘Emerging Bowl’ from Rose Mahogany.


It’s a completely new demonstration for Record Power Live Sessions…and we welcome you to join us to see how it’s done.


In this session, we will watch the bowl emerge from the bare blank to a form a very unusual piece

In this project Theo will cover:

  • The do’s and don’ts of mounting ‘square’ section timber in a chuck
  • How to create a perfect hemispherical bowl
  • Turning without jigs, templates or shadows
  • Sanding safely and finishing with finesse

Pop-up Toothpick Holder

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

This is a great utility item that can take pride of place on your dining table for all to see and enjoy. This is a small lidded box with a difference…so join us to learn how to create a cup in a box….with a beautiful teardrop lid…

A complete plan of this project will be provided to all attendees!!

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Matching the grain of the lid to the box.
  • Sharpening a Forstner bit.
  • Boring techniques that are not boring??
  • Cups n’ holes
  • The easy way to fit and finish.

Natural Edged Burl Bowl

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Not only does theo create a beautiful form from a burl, but he adds an additional dimension with natural edged wings. Theo discusses the do’s and don’ts of burl selection and walks you step by step through the process of creating a highly figured yet functional artwork.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Characteristics of burls
  • Centring and mounting
  • Optimum speeds for bowl turning
  • Bowl turning tools, grinds and techniques
  • Getting the best finish off the tool
  • Scraping, power sanding and finishing

Pendent Perfection

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

In this project Theo shows how to create the perfect pendant for that very special person. Not only will you learn about timber selection, tool techniques, and texturing, Theo will also share how to apply colour and compatible finishes.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Timber Selection
  • Tool Techniques
  • Knurling
  • Chatter Work
  • Spiralling
  • Colouring

The Seal with Ball

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

In this project, Theo shares how to turn one of his advanced projects “The Seal with Ball”. This is an artistic piece incorporating a sphere ‘and’ eccentric turning, all from a single piece of timber.

Theo advances on his sphere turning sessions by first turning the ball on centre, using the shadow technique, and then the piece is ‘off-set’ at the base using different centres to form each side of the seal.

Theo will show how to shape is created on one side and then tapered to form the other! This is not one to be missed!

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Sphere turning using a shadow and a back board.
  • Secure mounting techniques for eccentric turning.
  • Turning in air and caressing the bevel.
  • The difference between slicing and cutting the wood.
  • Preventing ‘knuckle knocks’ when sanding.

The Holey Bauble – An Introduction to Indexing.

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

In this demonstration we are treated to one of Theo’s signature projects, which helps to demystify the complexities of‘indexing’.

Theo walks us step-by-step through the marking out process, and demonstrates how to put the indexing features of your lathe or chuck to work.

We learn how to make jigs for indexing and hole boring, and get deep into the techniques of fine spindle gouge control…..using a popsicle stick.

The result will be a beautiful hanging decoration that you can make for the festive season.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Scoop design and characteristics .
  • Timber selection for utility items.
  • Drilling and hollowing techniques
  • How to use a goblet tool rest.
  • Setup of a lathe driven disc sander for shaping.
  • Sanding techniques and food safe finishes.

Bells, Baubles and Christmas Trees

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

Theo is definitely stepping into the festive season with this Live Session.

Learn more about the suitable substrates for colour layering and embellishment, along with materials and finishes.

Theo demonstrates several head and tailstock support methods whilst creating a selection of festive adornments, novelties and gits.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • ‘Top’ turning tips for kids
  • Focus on spindle gouge angles and grinds
  • Colouring
  • Parting off techniques

Bright Lights, Shadows & Spheres.

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

In this demonstration, Theo will show you the easiest way to turn spheres of any size without using a special jig or tool.

The secret is the single LED light that Theo centres over the work, casting a shadow onto a backing board. It is then simple a matter of turning away the shadows!

Are you intrigued?… Check out this demonstration to learn how its done.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • How to set up the shadow board.
  • Steps to centre and align the light.
  • How to get the best cuts using scrapes, bowl and spindle gouges.
  • Removing the shadow with practice cuts.
  • How to stop your sphere cracking.

Turning Treen Tips and Techniques

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

The term ‘Treen’ literally meaning ‘of a tree’ is derived from several ancient languages, and describes small handmade wooden items that have a functional purpose around the home.

Treen has become highly collectable, and covers a broad spectrum of items such as wooden plates and platters, needle cases, chopping boards, spoons and scoops. It’s great to make items that can be used
everyday, and appreciated not only for their visual and tactile appeal, but also for their functionality too.

This week, Theo focuses on several important turning techniques to create the perfect gift that can be put to work and used each day.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Scoop design and characteristics .
  • Timber selection for utility items.
  • Drilling and hollowing techniques
  • How to use a goblet tool rest.
  • Setup of a lathe driven disc sander for shaping.
  • Sanding techniques and food safe finishes.

Cup and Ball Game

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

In this demonstration, Theo will show you the easiest way to turn spheres of any size without using a special jig or tool.

The secret is the single LED light that Theo centres over the work, casting a shadow onto a backing board. It is then simple a matter of turning away the shadows!

Are you intrigued?… Check out this demonstration to learn how its done.

In this project Theo will cover:

  • How to set up the shadow board.
  • Steps to centre and align the light.
  • How to get the best cuts using scrapes, bowl and spindle gouges.
  • Removing the shadow with practice cuts.
  • How to stop your sphere cracking.

Turning Toy Cars – Two at a Time

With Theo Haralampou from his studio workshop in Brisbane, Australia

This is a fun project which uses a template that can be seen while the work is spinning.

The classic VW Beetle cars are turned two at a time.
The mag wheels certainly bring the bling!

In this project Theo will cover:

  • Wood selection and mounting
  • Pattern design and affixing
  • Turning in air to the pattern
  • Turning mag wheels
  • Colouring and assembly.

Rainbow Lidded Box for the Toothfairy

Mushrooms

Turning Trees

Eggs Over and Over Easy

The Gnarly Vase

Platter Perfection

Elegant Letter Opener

Turning Toy Cars

Yoyo

8 Point Stars