February 2013 Demo

Stormy Boudreau

Topic - Photographing Your Work

So you need a photo and your buddy with the camera is …,

StormySelling your turned art or virtually anything on the Internet is tricky.  Or suppose you have been asked to contribute to an event (Think 2-for-1 Raffle SWAT) but the organizers want an interesting photo to show off your work and advertise the event.  It is not always easy for the visitor to assess the quality of the work, but good photographs can go a long way to remedying this.  It is important to remember that a picture on the web is typically just a few hundred pixels wide and high.  It is not easy to show the qualities of your work with such low resolution. 

In this demo I will show you some of the techniques I use to improve the quality of my pictures.  A quality photo is especially important if you are trying to create a portfolio of work for sale, or for submitting to a juried exhibition., I am not a professional photography, just an informed amateur who has to evaluate photos for website and large auditorium display.  It is not that hard to improve the quality of your photos using material you may already have in your home.  Meaning cheap, we all know that the most expensive tool or lathe does not a great turner make!, Whether you are taking simple photos for eBay auctions and Internet forum postings or high-resolution photos for publication, here is a simple, inexpensive project idea that will help improve your photographs. Regardless of the camera being used, controlling the lighting and eliminating background distractions will allow you to do a better job. This demo will show you how to make an inexpensive light tent to use for photos of smaller turnings and provide you with a few simple tips will help get the most out of each photo.

Stormy Boudreaux, past WNT president, life long woodworker and a turner since 2004.  Currently the chairman for South West Area Turner’s “2 for 1 Raffle”.

January 2013 Demo

Chris Morgan/ John Beasley / John Solberg

Topic - Finishing


Finishing can be a confusing and mystifying subject to many. This is compounded by package labeling which doesn’t always reveal what a finish product actually is. In this introduction to finishing Chris Morgan will describe the various types of finishes and show a variety of products. Each will be classified into the type it represents. Finishes are based on the solvent they use and the type of material it is made from. Solvents can be mineral spirits, alcohol, lacquer thinner, or water. The finish type can be oil (e.g., tung oil, linseed oil) , shellac, lacquer, varnish (polyurethane), or wax. Some products combine these products. Danish oil, for example, is a combination of an oil (either Tung oil or Linseed oil) and varnish (or polyurethane). More modern finishes used by professionals are catalyzed finishes, either pre-catalyzed or post-catalyzed. Other types of finishes can include glues (CA glue) or epoxy.

During the presentation Chris will give some of the history of traditional finishes, how you can detect what finish you have on a piece, how to tell what you are getting at the store, and some of the properties you can expect from various products.

 There will be a discussion by John Beasley & John Solberg on surface preparation and treatment before finishing followed by finishing from the quick and easy to a blemish free high gloss for display items. Golden Triangle Woodturners supplied about 350 bowls in 2012 to the Empty Bowls program. Have you ever wondered what would happen to finishes applied to them when they come in contact with food products? Plan on attending this meeting and learn the answer to that question.