2016 Programs     




  Smithfield Candle Prep 


Fred Denke

Making a 31" Cane on a mini lathe


   Smithfield Elementary Fine Arts Day   

Fine Arts Day


   Mentors Shop Day


Open Shop

Open Shop


Paul Coppinger

Turning Scabs


Wayne Furr

Turning the Clamshell Box


Stuart Batty

Classes & Demo


Kevin Felderhoff

Woodturning Mini Cowboy Hat


Open Shop

Open Shop





Dale Green

Finishing and Crazy Bowl

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Woodcraft Sale

Woodcraft Sale 


Open Shop

Open Shop


Ken Cardin

Horizonal Lamination for Pens


Larry Roberts




Regional Symposium


RISE Event

RISE End of Summer Bash


Open Shop

Open Shop


David Mueller

Inlay Techniques



Classes and Demo


Open Shop

Open Shop


Bill Meador

Birdhouse Ornaments


Marty Kaminski  

     Drying Box and Item Photography   


Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner 

Nov 2016 Demo



Marty Kaminsky

In the Beginning. Handout

At the End, Photography. Handout

marty in YosemiteThis presentation is a “twofer” – two subjects for the price of one. For the “In the Beginning” portion I show you how to build asmP1010599 forced air drying box that will dry your rough-turned bowl blanks in three to seven days. The beauty of it is that, unlike most other fast drying schemes, it’s extremely simple to use, requiring very little effort.

In the “At the End” section of the presentation I’ll demonstrate how to take professional grade photos of your turnings with modest digital cameras (point and shoot). I’ll show you how to construct an inexpensive mini-studio, how to take the photos, and finally how to use photo editing software to optimize the final quality of your images. Photos created using my techniques are suitable for high quality prints, magazine or book reproduction, web site usage, Powerpoint presentations, or emailing.

“In the beginning” you want to make a bowl out of dry wood so that it stays round, and, “at the end” you’ll want to take great photos of your fine work.

Bio --


sm20160610 174703-1I began my interest in photography and woodworking while still in elementary school and by the time I was in high school I sgmIMG 2589-2 edited-1taught both subjects at the Toledo (Ohio) Central YMCA Youth Department. In 1974 I graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While a student, in addition to my engineering courses, I took several art courses including sculpture, glass blowing, design, and calligraphy. After college I taught photo courses for The Lima (Ohio) Arts Association.


My engineering career, starting at Ohio’s Standard Oil Company led me to Texas in 1980 where I worked for Exxon, Cain Chemical, Occidental Chemical, Contech Engineering, and S&B Engineering. While an engineer I also provided photographic images used in brochures, presentations, and displays.


In late 2000 I saw my first woodturning demonstration. I instantly knew that this art form suited me – within a month I purchased a lathe and started making wood shavings with joyful abandon. With much mentoring from my friend Bill Berry and membership in the Gulf Coast Woodturning Association and the American Association of Woodturners I was able to learn my craft much quicker than I would have otherwise (although I still think Bill is holding out vital information from me).


I have exhibited photography, jewelry, and woodturnings in shows at The Lima Arts Association, The Arts Alliance at Clear Lake, Innuendo Gallery in Galveston, San Jacinto College, Fleury Gallery (Houston), and elsewhere. For several years I taught photography and jewelry/metalsmithing in the art department of San Jacinto College South, and I have taught woodturning and photography at the Gulf Coast Woodturning Association and the Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT) symposiums. I’ve had a one-person show of photographs and woodturnings at the San Jacinto College Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center Gallery. Currently I have pieces in the show “Turning Point: Woodturning’s Evolution from Ancient Craft to Fine Art” at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Spring, Texas.


I live in exotic San Leon, Texas with my wife Martha (who promotes me shamelessly) enjoying a beautiful view of Galveston Bay.



Oct 2016 Demo


“Birdhouse Ornaments”


Bill Meador


I began turning in Albuquerque, NM, back in 1993 on a Shopsmith machine and quickly graduated to a Nova then a Powermatic as my addiction grew. After retirement from the Air Force, I became an avid woodturner and along with a couple of fellow enthusiast started the Brazos Valley Woodturners chapter now located in Waco.


Although I have turned most all forms of projects, my particular interest are in ornaments, boxes, hollow forms, and novelty items such as pens, turning tops for kids, or whatever my wife decides I need to try next. I have demonstrated at craft fairs, other Texas chapters of the AAW, and had pieces selected for exhibitions including the AAW Turning 25 event.


Currently, I am the webmaster for the Southwest Association of Turners. I reside in Lorena, TX, just south of Waco with my lovely wife of 45 years Sherry, and my pal Jojo a rescue Vizsla.


Sept 2016 Demo


“A New Easy and Inexpensive Inlay Technique”

David Mueller

Hand out click here.

 Inlay is a really general term that can mean a lot of different things to turners. As a simple technique, many turners have added a wood or colored epoxy decorative ring around the rim of a platter or the top of a box. At the more complex end of the spectrum, Stephen Hatcher has created beautiful images of trees in his signature platters. Somewhere in the middle is filling worm holes and cracks with minerals, Inlace or coffee grounds. Each of these techniques uses different application methods and materials, many of which are pretty expensive. Some of these materials, such as minerals, are very hard and cannot be turned.

In this demonstration, Dave will show how to prepare and use one material that is inexpensive and easy to apply for all these (and more) applications. It comes in over a hundred colors and can be turned just like wood with any common tools we already have in our shop. He has successfully used it for filling cracks and wormholes, making decorative accents and enhancements, casting pen blanks, making rings and pendants and producing images in turnings.

Dave started turning in 2008 and is a member of AAW, the BVTurners in College Station and the Gulf Coast Woodturners Association in Houston. In his spare time Dave produces websites for fellow turners and recently co-developed the AAW Video Site for woodturning videos ( He was a CEO of a small medical company and retired in 2011.

July 2016 Demo


“Back To Basics

Larry Roberts

Larry Roberts has been a woodturner for 61 years. He first started in high school when he took interest in the lathe during
shop class. His teacher trained him in the “English/Conventional” method in which the turner would adhere to strict rules and would mostly consist of turnings for furniture and the like.

His brother invited him to a weekend gathering of few woodturners, including Clay Foster and David Ellsworth, who
were exploring the unheard of method of freeform and artistic turning. These artisans were happy to pass on the
radical new techniques, designs, vessel shapes and types. This lead to these turners being taught to think of the craft in
in different ways, “freeing their minds”.

Larry enthusiastically adopted this new method of woodturning. He now rarely uses kiln dried woods. He
prefers to use found woods. He likes to salvage wood from fireplace piles, disposal yards, arborists, roadside piles and
development sites; anywhere wood is being discarded. He takes joy in transforming found wood into a vessel displaying
the unusual grain patterns that are hidden inside. Frequently a discarded, ugly chunk of wood will be beautiful inside.

“One never knows what lies inside a piece of wood”. He enjoys taking these cast away, unwanted, useless wood and
giving it new life. He says this process gives him tranquility, reflection, self-satisfaction and joy. He only hopes that the
new piece holds something special for the new owner. Larry says that he is often asked; “what do you put in it?”.
His response is; “I have put a lot of love into it, you can put into it whatever you want”.