March 2015 Demo


“Hemisphere hollow form using the Bosch Visualizer

By Steve Worcester

Demo Bio Handout

SteveworchesterWill go over the steps to create one of my signature hollow forms including

Wood selection and mounting to a faceplate (or chuck), easy template creation using an Xacto and a compass and no math. Basic shaping using a side ground gouge as well as shear scraper usage. Hollowing using various forms from a captive system to an articulated hollower (no handheld hollowing tools are used) and using the visualizer for easier to achieve results. Will also go over some basics of chip ejection in hollow forms, types of hollowers (carbide vs HSS) After the basic hemisphere shape is cut and hollowed, we will go over the basics of reversing the form, centering and cutting away the waste using a vacuum chuck or low budget jam chuck.

Project supplies needed
Compressor, any size, but bigger is better.
Shop vac
White board or flipchart easel.
Vacuum pump setup
Jacobs chuck for tailstock

May 2015 Demo


Anything Is Possible, One Stroke At A Time


Susan McNeill


MacNeillOur demonstrator for the May meeting will be Suzanne McNeill. Suzanne is often known as “the Trendsetter” of the arts and crafts industry. Dedicated to hands-on creativity, she constantly tests, experiments and invents something new and fun. Suzanne is the creative woman behind Design Originals, a publishing company dedicated to all things fun and creative. She is an artist, designer, publisher, TV personality, columnist, art instructor, author and lover of everything hands-on.


June 2015 Demo


“SWAT Demo - Natural Edged Bowl


Larry Roberts



                                           ARTIST STATEMENT


IMG 7016-2I have been an avid woodturner for 60 years, beginning in Colorado City, TX high school. I took an interest in the lathe to my shop teacher’s delight. He was an avid turner and was eager to pass his considerable knowledge on. This was the days before “free form” turning was conceived so I was trained in the “English/Conventional” craft which had strict rules for every aspect of turning, developed over hundreds of years,. The craftsman did NOT deviate from this narrow path. Most turnings were related to furniture, lamp bases and sometimes a simple functional bowl. I enjoyed lathe work and made a multitude of chairs, tables, beds and other turnings; all following the highly restrictive, exacting method of the day.


My older brother, Gary, invited me to a weekend gathering of a few turners, 15 or so guys. Clay Foster, David Ellsworth and a few others were doing something unheard of; freeform, artistic turning. These few artisans were happy to show the rest of us radical new techniques, designs, vessel shapes and types. Mostly they taught us to think about our craft in different ways, freeing our minds.


This meeting was at the beginning of the formation of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS. Little did any of know this would lead the formation local clubs in every state, regional and national symposiums, a movement leading to more than 7000 turners and a respected art form.


I enthusiastically adopted this new freeform method of turning/thinking. I now rarely use kiln dried wood. I enjoy using found woods. I salvage wood from fireplace piles, disposal yards, arborist, road side piles, and development sites; anywhere wood being discarded. I take great joy in transforming found wood into a vessel displaying unusual grain patterns. Or taking decaying (splatted) wood and exposing the wonderful patterns nature has produced. Frequently a discarded, ugly wood chunk will be beautiful inside. One never knows what lies inside a piece of wood. The challenge to the Turner is to reflect the wood in its best form and beauty. The dead cast off, unwanted and otherwise useless wood, is given new form, new life and desirability.   The process has given me tranquility, reflection, self-satisfaction and joy. Hopefully the finished vessel holds something special for the new owner. Often I am ask; “What do you put in it?” My response is simply; I have put a lot of love into it, you put whatever you want to.




July 2015 Demo


“SWAT Demo - End Grained Bowls

 Jim Tanksley- Mansfield Texas

tanksley1tanksley2Jim has been a member of the Wood Turners of North Texas since 2005. He has demonstrated several times over the years, last year’s demo was Christmas Trees and Snow Men. This month Jim will be demonstrating turning an end grained bowl with natural edge wings. He turns several versions of this bowl with flat, weeping or concave wings. Jim will use a roughing gouge, several bowl gouges, various scrappers, some hollowing tools, a beading tool, and an Easy Woods detailer. He will start out using a face plate and turn the bottom of the bowl to accept a Vickmarc chuck with dove tail jaws.

Once the bowl is turned he will remove it from the chuck and reverse chuck it using Alan Lacers jig. It should be a lot of fun and Jim welcomes questions while he is turning. He plans on bringing several blanks and will turn as large of a bowl as the clubs Jet 1642 Lathe will turn without vibrating too much. If you plan on turning this type of bowl at home Jim suggest weighting down your lath with sand bags to reduce vibration.



August 2015 Demo


“Something Fishy

 Jimmy Arledge


Something Fishy . . .


I’m sharing this project that I learned from Michael Hosaluk in a class he taught in my shop in Richardson. The skills practiced in this project include spindle turning, hollowing, surface decoration, and your imagination.


Background: Jimmie Arledge got hooked on woodturning in the early 1990s becoming a member of Woodturners of North Texas where his mentor and best teacher was Larry Roberts. They became good friends, and Jimmie had the pleasure of being Larry’s demo helper at some Texas club meetings.


He served on the Woodturners of North Texas Board and as Vice President before becoming a charter member of Dallas Area Woodturners and holding office there. While enjoying membership in both clubs, he began attending classes at John Campbell’s school in NC, David Ellsworth’s school in PA, the Center for Furniture Craftsmen in ME, and Arrowmont in TN, where he also had the privilege of being Clay Foster’s teaching assistant on several occasions.


He continues to enjoy and learn from classes with national turners who come to the area, as well as by attending and participating in the annual national symposium of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) where he has been a member since 1992. He also attends annually SWAT (Southwest Association of Turners), formally Texas Turn or Two.


Best Recommendation: Jimmie believes in the merits and advantages of membership & participation in both AAW and SWAT. He appreciates the people he meets, the demos he attends, and the many woodturnings he sees displayed in the instant galleries.


Thanking you for your interest in this demo,


Jimmie Arledge


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