Saturday, September 23, 2017

Portland 2018 - AAW Symposium

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to demonstrate at the national symposium for the American Association of Woodturners! This will be held in Portland, OR on June 14-16, 2018. I will have a couple of rotations on Add Pizzazz with Texturing Tools and Add Pizzazz With Hand Chased Threads. This is a great honor and the second opportunity to demonstrate at the national level. I previously demonstrated in Atlanta at the 2016 symposium.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Turning Southern Style

What a great weekend in Dalton attending the Turning Southern Style Symposium put on by my club, The Georgia Association of Woodturners.  I was pleased at the money brought in at auction totaling over $8000. It will be used primarily for woodturning scholarships. I was pleased at the money brought in from the Acorn box I donated for this auction as shown here.  But my most pleasant surprise was winning the Suzie Tindall Memorial Scholarship for a week at John C. Campbell Folk School or Arrowmont!
Here is a link to the video I did showing some of the highlights of the event.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My class at John C. Campbell Folk School

Wow, what a fun weekend! I got together with a great assistant instructor, Jerry Chandler, and ten of my newest woodturning friends for a class at the Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

Jerry and I showed up expecting eight students but the number had climbed to ten, a challenging size since only a few had any turning experience. We started off with the basic beads and cove stick and progressed to a handy carvers mallet, a great addition for any shop. We moved on to using a scroll chuck as we turned a spin top with chattering from a dinner knife. Then on to an awl which helped teach the process of making most any woodturning tool handle.
We finished with a change to perpindicular grain with a small ring bowl. I think just about everyone experienced turning pine, osage orange, bradford pear and perhaps oak or dogwood.
We had a lot of impressed lookers at the Sunday morning show and tell of class results.
Here is a short video I threw together. I was too busy during class time to think about using my camcorder.