April 2016 Demo


Turning a Cowboy Hat


Kevin Leon Felderhoff

Hand out


woodturning demonstrator kevin felderhoff Kevin Felderhoff was born and raised in Muenster, Texas woodhat wood cowboy hatand earned a BS of Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Construction Management from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. He has lived in Birmingham, Alabama; Brevard, North Carolina and currently lives in Taylors, South Carolina and turns for a hobby.

Kevin’s love for building things and working with wood began in his high school years. He was fortunate to have an awesome shop teacher who taught him great wood working techniques. While in Alabama, a colleague introduced him to woodturning and Kevin quickly became involved with the Alabama Woodturners and in fact was elected President in 2009. He began turning on a Rikon Mini Lathe in 2007 and currently is turning on a Powermatic 3520B. Living in the mountains of North Carolina, Kevin had the opportunity to participate in numerous exhibitions and demonstrations. Fallen wood was prevalent and provided opportunities to challenge and grow his analytical and artistic mind. It was satisfying to Kevin to rescue a gnarly piece of wood and transform it to an exquisite piece of unique art. Turning for Kevin is stimulating and mentally challenging wood cowboy hat walnutto analyze the wood cowboy hat cherry minirescued wood and calculate the best angle to mount the wood on the lathe.

Being a native of Texas, it was natural for him to want to turn something “Texas” from wood so…. nothing better than a Wood Turned Cowboy Hat. While in Brevard, North Carolina Kevin was mentored by a local woodturner, Nick Neiley and watched Johannes Michelsen DVD on how to make a wood turned cowboy hat.

Kevin has studied under David Ellsworth, Binh Pho, Nick Cook, Frank Penta, and Johannes Michelsen (Johannes also provided the handout)



January 2016 Demo


“Walking Cane

By Fred Denke


    DSCN1486 croppedOur January demonstrator is Fred Denke. a retired engineer who spent 42 years in the aircraft industry. After retiring on January 1,1999 in a effort to fill his leisure time he purchased a wood turning lathe and has enjoyed the hobby or craft, whichever you prefer.    
This month Fred will tell the story of his walking cane and how he developed a technique for constructing a 31-inch walking cane using a Jet Mini lathe
    Only a few tools are required for this project, it is a cross between using a pen mandrel and conventional spindle turning.  The end product can be simple or if you are an experienced turner of beads and coves they can be added to the cane.  This demo will only show a simple cane without beads or coves..


February 2016 Demo


“Abstract Scab Bowls

By Paul Coppinger

IMG 0555IMG 0807Woodturners love to turn burlwood because of its beautiful grain.  Unfortunately burls can be very expensive.   An alternative is utilizing tree scabs which occur when a tree loses a limb and then grows a scab over the wound to seal and protect. These scabs have very wild grain and occasionally burl. This demonstration will discuss several methods for mounting using either a screw drive or faceplate and how to reverse chuck utilizing a tenon or recession to produce a unique bowl.IMG 0799



March 2016 Demo


“Clamshell Box

By Wayne Furr

Wayne's Handout Click Here


waynefurrWayne was introduced to woodturning over fifty years ago in High School, but didn’t turn again until 1994.  He honed his skills by taking classes from several internationally known turners, attended symposiums, workshops, and many turning demonstrations. He has been the instructor’s assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC on numerous occasions.

Wayne is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and an Honorary-Life member of the Central Oklahoma Woodturners. He has served on their Executive Board for twelve years as President, Vice President, and Member at Large.   Before retirement, he was Manager of Cartography for the Oklahoma Geological Survey. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in geography with Highest Honors and additional graduate work from the University of Oklahoma and an Associates degree in Drafting plus most of the course work in Surveying from Community College of Denver, Red Rocks Campus, Golden Colorado.


May 2016 Demo


“Sharpening Doesn’t Have to be a Grind!


Paul Tiefel

Demo Info/ Handout


PaultiefelThis demo will cover a lot more than just sharpening tools! Certainly the presentation will include the turning tools most commonly used and how they are sharpened. However, it is helpful to understand both the advantages and the limitations of a given tool geometry. For example, there are limits to the shape of bowl that can be turned with a bowl gouge that has a 40 bevel angle. The geometry of certain tool shapes will be discussed using diagrams and tool models that Paul has prepared.


The Oneway Wolverine sharpening system will be used in the demo and Paul will discuss a few other sharpening aids that he has used. The demo will also cover the use and sharpening of some turning tools that are not commonly used such as the Bedan, Captive Ring Tool and the Spindlemaster. If time allows, Paul will turn with some of the tools and end the demo with a turning project.


Paul Tiefel has worked with wood since he was a boy helping in his Dad’s workshop. His first successful projects were the treehouses Paul and his brother built in the large Hickory Nut Trees on their property. He first exposure to woodturning was in Junior High School shop class.


Paul received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1973 and began working in the oil and gas exploration business. In 2001, Paul moved to North Texas and semi-retired. Soon thereafter he started woodturning in earnest and joined the Woodturners of North Texas in 2002.