In Person Workshops with Rudy 


June 2020 Update: 
​​​​​​​Contact Rudy to discuss scheduling 2020 due to COVID 

Classes Opend June 2020 with Special Considerations

My studio is located in Tampa, Florida only minutes from the Busch Gardens / Adventure Island area which offers numerous options for accommodations. About 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. My studio is air-conditioned and heated, though heat is seldom needed.  There are four full size lathes: Powermatic, Jet, Woodfast and a Robust American Beauty. All turning and hollowing tools and equipment are provided and there are many specialty tools to try. 

I have no set course curriculum.  I consult with students prior to workshops to design a custom class plan tailored to a student's interests. There are many options for all levels, beginners wanting to build strong foundation skills; and more advanced individuals looking to take their ability to a higher level.  Class size can be one-on-one to a maximum of four students which allows me to provide each student lots of personal attention.  

Cost for a 3 day class is $500 includes lunch and all the wood you will need. Shorter or longer sessions are an option.  

By far hands-on learning is the best way to refine your skills…. Just a small adjustment in tool position or technique can make all the difference   

Please come join me, I promise you a fun skill building experience


Rudy is also a veteran Photographer - His Love of Nature in all of Her Forms is Evident in His Photo Collections



Rudy has  Been Selected


To be a Presenter for the American Association of Woodturners (AAW)

for Our First Ever Virtual Annual Symposium


Rudolph Lopez: Thin-Stemmed Natural-Edge Goblet

Friday July 10 2020 from 2:30-4:00 Eastern

Rudy demonstrated how to turn a thin-stem natural-edge goblet from a green limb using mainly a side ground bowl gouge. He explained limb selection, pith orientation, techniques used for stabilizing thin stems, the use and sharpening of negative rake scrapers, and drying methods to help avoid cracking.




Collecting Wood