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Monthly Meeting/Demo Information

Information on the upcoming meeting demostration is provided in the Monthly Newsletter.

Usually posted by the 20th of every month.


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July 2018 Topic

Ken Rodgers

worchest2 1worchest2 2I am from Lubbock but have lived in Richardson for the last 42 years. I started turning in ’91 and joined WNT almost immediately. This was in the Ft Worth Paxton Wood store days. Clay Foster and Larry Roberts were my main “go to” guys when I had questions. A few years later, in the 1st Mike Wallace shop days, we got our first camcorder, eventually spelling the doom for the 45-degree giant mirror (YEA)! I immediately got involved in the video operations. That effort migrated to the yearly meetings of the Texas Turn or Two (now SWAT). For several years I was the A/V manager for SWAT.

In ’96 a few of us started the Dallas club and for several years I was active in both WNT and DAW. I have done demos at all four area clubs and SWAT. You can see samples of my turnings in my gallery on the DAW Website: http://www.dallaswoodturners.com/Gallery/tabid/91/AlbumID/471-12/Default.aspx

 My other hobbies include Ham Radio and flying R/C model planes. My real airplane flying days are ancient history. I also enjoy golf (some days), building solid body electric steel guitars (one was turned between centers on my lathe), playing guitars and fiddles, and videoing airshows. Search YouTube “krodg41” for samples of my airshow videos at Addison and Alliance airports.

I enjoy turning natural-edge goblets from odd-shaped tree limbs, saving them from the landfill. John Horn challenged me to learn how to add interlaced loose rings to my goblets. That is what I will be demonstrating for WNT in July. I will cover the goblet turning basics but will focus mainly on the interlaced loose ring aspect.



June 2018 Topic

Three Legged Bowl

Rebecca DeGroot


21462276 10159324775730156 268949619076643970 n21587333 10159331146335156 1050458557295376832 oRebecca DeGroot was born and raised with her three brothers in Michigan. With their woodworking father and a stay at home artist mother, her and her brothers have never been short of inspiration. Rebecca and her brothers were homeschooled from an early age, therefore given the opportunity to explore their forty acres and appreciate the nature and wildlife. Throughout her young life, she developed her love of teaching and sharing information with others. She later went on to pursue an education at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, MI. After six years and an assortment of interesting twists and turns, she gained two bachelor’s degrees; one in Art education and the other in Sculpture and Functional Art. Before graduation, she received an offer to teach high school art at a school in Houston, Texas. The summer after graduation, she packed her things and made her way down to Texas to start this new and exciting chapter of her life. While it has been a challenge these past four years, Rebecca has always found time in her busy teaching schedule to create her own art. She now juggles teaching art, demonstrating woodworking and woodturning, and maintaining the regular production of her own gallery work. Eventually, Rebecca would like to focus all of her time on demonstrating and creating her own work, but we will have to wait and see when that dream will be made into a reality.

At the meeting, Rebecca will be demonstrating design basic concepts and the steps to create a three-legged bowl in her own style. She will be showing her own process of basic bowl turning, plotting an oversized foot, drilling and power carving the foot into “hips”, turning the spindles for the legs, cutting the legs apart, using splines to reinforce the leg joints, then reassembling the parts into a finished piece. If there’s time left over, she can go over embellishment techniques such as applying TransTint dyes, gold leafing, pyrography, and unexpected additive carved components.



May 2018 Topic

The Tools and Process for Hollow Turning

hollowOur presenter, LARRY MAUGHN, has been working with wood since a youngster.  During the last 30 years his focus has been on woodturning including pens, bowls, spindles, goblets and platters.  He began using products from the Easy Wood Tools company some after the company began in 2008.  He is a Certified Instructor with Easy Wood Tools and has done turning demonstrations in most of the wood stores and area clubs.  Larry is a member of the Dallas Area Woodturners and the North Texas Woodworkers Association.

Hollowing can be done on wood, acrylics and other materials.  It is often done to make lidded boxes, goblets, vases, and various shapes of bowls.  Hollowing out a shape is done through small or large openings.  There are many tools available for this process with fixed-tips – both straight, swan-neck shapes - or tools with swivel tips.  In this demonstration you will see hollowing done using various tools with carbide cutting tips.  These tools work well on either parallel or cross-grain woods mounted on the lathe.



April 2018 Topic

Techniques and Tools for End Grain Turning

John Horn

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johnhornMost of us know that a bowl gouge is the preferred tool for most bowl turning where the grain runs 90 degrees to the bed of the lathe, but end grain turning is completely different in both the turning technique and the tools used.  If a person looks at the tool catalogs, there will be a wide variety of tools for sale to solve the difficulties of end grain turning.  Some of the tools are complete systems of components that are quite pricey to say the least.  How is a person to decide how to select the tool or system of tools that will perform the task at hand?  Is it necessary to get a large loan at the bank just to turn a few end grain vessels?  Obviously, there are a large number of options, some of which are relatively inexpensive and others which are very expensive. 




March 2018 Topic

3-Sided Off-Center Box

Jeff Edwards

The demonstration for March will be a 3-Sided Off-Center Box, an off axis turning of a three sided lidded box, by Jeff Edwards.  If you are interested in off axis turning the demonstration will illustrate some simple techniques to get you started and allow you to utilize the process on various projects.  





February 2018 Topic

Inlaying on Fluted Turnings

Buddy Compton


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buddycomptonI spent 33 years as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in the public schools of Texas. I began working with wood in the late seventies, spending over 20 years building furniture and working in the arts and crafts arena. Upon retiring from the school business in 2002, I became interested in the lathe and woodturning. I spent time with master turners in Texas and Ohio learning the techniques of woodturning. As my interest grew, I joined the Southwest Association of Turners and the American Association of Woodturners. I owe much of my success in this area to my mentor, Larry Roberts, who is a master turner from Arlington, Texas.

buddycompton2I work with all woods, but my preference is mesquite. My pieces vary in size, shape and design and are dictated by the wood type, size and defects (i.e. cracks, knots, bark inclusions, etc.). The defects in the wood can provide some very dramatic effects on the finished piece, either through inlays or naturally. My goal is to turn pieces of high quality that will fit well in any home or gallery, but I also turn and construct special order pieces in my studio in Colorado City, Texas.

None of my turnings are the same, as no two pieces of wood are the same. Finding that ideal piece from a raw piece of wood is the continuing challenge that calls me to the studio each day.

 Woodturnings by Buddy was established about 12 years ago when I decided I could start trying to sell some of my work. I now sell my work at several juried art shows, as well as at my studio in Colorado City.

Jan 2018 Topic

Bowl Turning – various techniques

By Tod Raines

Some articles provided by Tod Raines you might be interested in:

Bandsaw Circle-cutter http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/BandsawJig1Jan2018.pdf

Twenty Ways (not to turn a bowl) http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/HowNotToTurnJan2018.pdf

Log To Turn http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/LogToTurnJan2018.pdf


In this bowl turning demonstration, I’ll show a couple of jigs for processing logs at the bandsaw. Then I’ll show a couple of different methods of holding blanks on the lathe for traditional and natural edge bowls. I will also show different tools used to make essential cuts in the wood.

Bowl turning is fun and easy. I enjoy the fluid movements and relaxation I get out of turning a bowl. Since the club is asking everyone to help create bowls for the ‘Empty Bowls’ project I thought this would be a good demo topic.

I started woodworking in the early 1990’s making furniture and built-in cabinets for our home. I bought my first lathe in 2002 and was self-taught for the first couple of years. I then got involved with the Dallas Area Woodturners (DAW) club and the American Association of Woodturners, which was a big help in exposing me to all kinds of turning and training. I am now the treasurer for the DAW club and will continue to serve on the board for the next few years. I am also the Vice Chair on the City of Allen Public Art Committee.

I have learned a lot about turning by watching club demos, taking some classes, going to SWAT and visiting with other turners. I also read a lot, watched a bunch of YouTube videos and practiced and practiced

After being in the tech industry for 23 years, I now own and operate the Woodturning Tool Store, an online retailer dedicated to providing quality tools and equipment to the wood turning community.