Janet Collins
Inlay Techniques for Woodturners

  • Brief overview of the history of the use of inlay in furniture making and how it can be applied to woodturnings.

  • Inlay materials, where to buy the ready made materials and how to make your own inlay materials.
  • Tools used to inlay the wood, stone, or metal. Tools available to purchase and those that can be made to inlay the materials.
  • Jigs and fixtures to hold the piece being inlayed.
  • Methods for inlaying before turning, in the process of turning and after the bowl or platter is turned.

This demonstration will focus on the techniques, the multiple materials that can be used and the aesthetics of inlay as a form of decoration of woodturned items. Wood, stone, metal, shell, bone and glass are traditionally used as inlay in the decoration of furniture. However these materials can also be used to decorate your woodturned items. Techniques for inlaying a variety of contrasting elements in your bowls and platters will be presented in this session. Instruction on how to construct the inlay elements will also be demonstrated.


Janet Collins is a 1996 graduate of the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA.

Her workshop teaching experience includes Anderson Ranch, North Bennet Street School, Dartmouth College, Vermont Woodworking School, Snow Farm Craft School, WoodenBoat School, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking and The Furniture Institute.  Currently she teaches woodworking full time to students and faculty at the Dartmouth College Student Woodshop in Hanover, NH.

She has demonstrated woodturning at the 31st Annual American Association of Woodturning Symposium in Kansas City and the Granite State Woodturners New England Symposium.  Her woodturning demonstrations include the Vermont Precision Museum, Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, Northern Vermont Woodturners, Upper Valley Woodturners and Twin State Woodturners. 

Janet has written and published articles on woodworking in Fine Woodworking Magazine and WoodenBoat Magazine.  She has three articles published in American Woodturner, Turn a Windsor Style Footstool, April 2016, Turn a Better Mallet, February 2017, and Inlay Techniques for Woodturners, April 2017. 

Janet lives in Ryegate, VT.  Her shop is located in the barn at her home where she continues to make furniture and turn wood.  Her work can be seen on her website www.greenmountainwoodturning.com.