2017 Programs     


January 26

George Freeman on “What You Never Knew About Wood”

and Dr. John Blatman  on  “Wood Toxicity – Cause and Cure”  
February 23  Cheryl Darrow Metal Effects
March 30    
April 20 Harlen Butt  Metal Spinning
May 25

Alan Trout

CA Finish On Bowls & Vessels
Jun 29

Robert Edwards

Basic Fundamentals 
July 27 TBA   
August 31

Neal Brand

Marketing Your Turnings
September 28

Cheryl Darrow

Classes- Ver-Day Surface
October 26

Charley Phillips

Embellishing Beaded Christmas Ornaments
November 30

Chris Morgan

 Finishing - Chris, John Solberg & PeteTkacs
December 10 Christmas Banquet  

June 2017

Turning Fundamentals

Bob Edwards


BobedwardsBob Edwards has been turning for what seems like forever. Living with a talented and creative wife he searched for an outlet of his own. Nothing seemed to satisfy until he discovered Woodturning. That was over 40 years ago and his enthusiasm has never dwindled. Not having the patience for pen making or segmented work he is content with just about anything else.

Bob's been a member of the AAW sense it's inception with a member number of 1210. Bob will turn just about anything that will stay together while turning but his favorite material is Mesquite.
Bob loves to travel and when he does he takes along some Mesquite to trade with turners along the way. He enjoys teaching and demonstrating to others but has a rather different approach. Rather than demonstrating how to turn one object he prefers to show how to use the tools to create your own forms.

His demonstrations are light hearted as he will sometimes deliberately make a mistake to illustrate a point. Bob encourages participation and discussion during his demos, it's like group therapy. He often learns as much from his audience as they do from him.

July 2017


Drew Shelton

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image001image002I got into woodworking intending to make furniture.  I had no interest at all in trying woodturning.  A fellow woodworker at my office signed up for a penturning class at Woodcraft and talked me into taking it with him.  I was instantly hooked.  Soon afterwards I bought my first lathe, which was in 2000, and started cranking out pens.  I took a bowl turning class at Woodcraft where there was a last-minute substitute instructor - Gary Roberts.  He told the class about the Central Texas Woodturners Association and the AAW, though he did not say he was instrumental in starting both.  He had some copies of his book with him, which made me realize there was a whole universe of possibilities I knew nothing about.  I had to buy one.  While I have made a few pieces of furniture since that time, my main focus has been turning

I have held multiple positions within the CTWA, including president.


May 2017

CA Finish On Bowls & Vessels

Alan Trout


San Antonio, Texas is my home and I have lived in the area all my life. My home and studio are in the Tobin Hill neighborhood at the northern edge of downtown.

The last few years I have focused my work on what I like to call my “Syntho Organic” forms. I blend brightly pigmented acrylic resins with wood and other organic materials. All are finished with a glasssmooth or soft luster finish. My daily environment influences my work more than anything else. My family, the places I go, the things I see, and childhood memories all have a significant impact on my work. I like to think I see the “abstract” in my environment.

I pour a little piece of myself into everything that I make. I create for myself, but when others get enjoyment out of my work, it makes it that much better.


More info on Alan

Feature Artist AAW 2012

Woodturning Profile 2014

Woodturning Tea Break Profile

April 2017

Metal Spinning

Harlan Butt

Spinning Pic.1Spinning Pic.3Wikipedia describes the technique of "metal spinning, also known as spin forming or spinning or metal turning most commonly, is a metalworking process by which a disc or tube of metal is rotated at high speed and formed into an axially symmetric part. Artisans use the process to produce architectural detail, specialty lighting, decorative household goods and urns. Commercial applications include rocket nose conescookwaregas cylindersbrass instrument bells, and public waste receptacles."

My own experience in metal spinning is mostly self-taught after research, conversations with professional spinners and trial and error. Quite a bit of error. My first spinning was accomplished on a modified Rockwell wood lathe. Eventually, I found and purchased an actual small bench-top spinning lathe (Spin Shop) on Ebay which can turn up to a 12-inch disc.

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Most of my spinning has been with copper, specifically 18-gauge (.040) C110 ETP (Electrolytic Tough Pitch) Copper. However, I have done some spinning with fine silver, sterling silver, brass, aluminum and pewter. Because most of my work is intended to be enameled, copper and fine silver are the best suited metals.

A simple open-formed bowl can be achieved with a single chuck. I turn these out of hard maple on the same lathe that I use for spinning. Of course, wood turning tools are different than spinning tools. For more complex shapes that curve back in, I was forced to spin the vessels in two parts and silver solder them together, resulting in a seam around the waist. This was usually successful but on occasion the solder seam would cause some of the enamel to flake off. Thanks to Neil Brand I am now able to spin at least one complex shape around a compound chuck which will then come apart after the vessel is complete.

My enameled vessels and other works have been exhibited internationally and they are represented in the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City , the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Denali National Park Visitor Center in Alaska, the Houston International Airport, the Wichita Center for the Arts, the National Gallery of Australia, the Cloisonné Enamelware Fureai Museum in Ama City, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.