August 2019           

July Meeting

The August meeting is our annual Potluck Picnic. There will be no demonstration this month. The meeting is August 22nd, 6:00 PM, at the Coburg Charter School. Note that this is NOT the last Thursday of the month, as there are five Thursdays in August this year.

Follow this link for an interactive map to the meeting location.

Notes from the July Meeting

Richard "Dick" Worthey presented our demonstration this month on "Hollow Turning". Dick showed a number of different types of tools used for hollowing. Those included different shapes, curved or bit placement that could be adjusted, monster articulated tools, arm stabilized and frame stabilized. Of course these all came with different price tags, but all allowed hollow turning to a certain depth. The more stable the tool, and stronger shafted, determined the depth of cut. Dick states "Get the best tool you can afford for the size turning you plan to create". We can agree that the sizes and curved shapes make the difference when hollowing.

Dick's talking points:

There are all kinds of projects that use hollowing techniques. Hopefully Dick gave you ideas of what’s possible and what you need to do to get started.

Thank you Dick!

Dick's bio

I am a wood worker. I learned the use of hand tools from my Grandfather who was a cabinet maker. I continue to learn even as I share what I have learned with others. I am a turner, carver, sculptor and artist. I work with wood because it is a tactile medium. that invites everyone to touch the finished surface. I practice sustainability by using materials from renewable sources, or reclaimed wood once destined for the fireplace or burn pile.

I have been turning for 30 years. I was mostly self taught until attending the AAW Symposium in 1995. and meeting many world class turners.

I do not have a passion for any particular form or technique, but pride myself on learning everything I can about different ways of working with wood. When I learn a new technique I practice it until I can use it in my work.

I am currently using dyes, stains, burning tools and new lathe techniques to achieve different shapes and surface effects.

I belong to two wood turning clubs as well as The American Association of Woodturners. I attend meetings and symposiums where I have the opportunity to watch and learn from experts in the field of woodturning. I have been a mentor and demonstrator in both turning clubs and at the high school in Roseburg, Oregon. I have also done demonstrations at other turning clubs in Oregon and Washington. I enjoy passing on skills and techniques that I have learned.

I have sold my work in galleries in Oregon and New Mexico as well as at shows in California, Oregon and Washington.

Upcoming Events

August 22, 2019; 6:00 PM, Coburg Community Charter School, Coburg - Beaver State Woodturners

Annual Potluck Pinic

September 26, 2019; 6:00 PM, Coburg Community Charter School, Coburg - Beaver State Woodturners

Jim Norris - "Turning a Pumpkin"

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