2004 Programs

September 2004 Program: John Horn
"Making a Santa Claus Nutcracker"

Since John Horn is a professional Santa Claus and the programs at this time of the year are going to emphasize turnings that could be given as gifts during the Holiday Season, it seemed appropriate for him demonstrate how to make a Santa Claus Nutcracker. This project is modeled after the article that Bonnie Klein wrote for the December 1997 American Woodturner.

Making a Santa Claus Nutcracker or any other style of nutcracker is basically a simple spindle turning project that a beginning turner could accomplish without technical turning problems. The Santa Claus Nutcracker can be produced with a minimum of tools on any size of lathe from the Klein lathe to any larger one. The nutcracker should be a hit with family, and friends. It should also sell well at craft shows.

October 2004 Program: Allan Tucker
"A Woodturner's Notebook"

What I would like to present this month is a turners note pad. A collection of the information I have accumulated over the past two years.

I started turning February of 2003. Keith from the Dallas Woodcraft introduced me to an employee of his, Bob Larson. Bob at that time was the President of the Dallas woodturners club. We spent about three weeks at his home in his shop. Bob proved to be a very capable teacher as well as an extremely talented turner.

Something I have admired about Bob is his creativity. He enjoys turning many different types of items and forces himself to learn different techniques to help accomplish his turning desires, and this is the motivation for the demo.

Creativity, desire, options, and resources will be the building blocks for this demo. I do want to take some time to give credit to the teachers I have been blessed to work with. If you would like a list, that would be simple.

Bob Larson ( Dallas Club ), Stuart Batty, Robert Baker ( Dallas Club ), Marion MacDaniels, (Dallas Club), Larry Roberts ( Fort Worth Club ), Trent Bosch. Not to forget numerous books and videos.

First of all I will go over safety and many different shop needs. Hopefully I can go over resources to find teachers and techniques. Different schools that teach. And different things one should learn to enhance their turning. 

Provided web sites to help find books, videos, where to buy tools, and different clubs.
Provide handouts from the many teachers.
The many different skills needed for more creative turnings.

I am hoping to present this in a notebook so people can take it home, not have to make notes, but have it handy on the shelf at home.

November 2004 Program: Gary Sanders
Turning Christmas Ornaments

Howdy, This is the last program of the 2004 year and it will be a good one!! Gary Sanders will be our demonstrator. As most of you know Gary has a world wide reputation for his fantastic, beautiful turnings. He will share with us some newly learned tricks on turning Christmas ornaments and some new coloring techniques. Bring your note book....this will be informative.

Don't forget that Allen Tucker will have the booklets available from last months program.