April 2018 Topic

Techniques and Tools for End Grain Turning

John Horn

Demo Hand out

 

johnhornMost of us know that a bowl gouge is the preferred tool for most bowl turning where the grain runs 90 degrees to the bed of the lathe, but end grain turning is completely different in both the turning technique and the tools used.  If a person looks at the tool catalogs, there will be a wide variety of tools for sale to solve the difficulties of end grain turning.  Some of the tools are complete systems of components that are quite pricey to say the least.  How is a person to decide how to select the tool or system of tools that will perform the task at hand?  Is it necessary to get a large loan at the bank just to turn a few end grain vessels?  Obviously, there are a large number of options, some of which are relatively inexpensive and others which are very expensive. 

 

 

 

March 2018 Topic

3-Sided Off-Center Box

Jeff Edwards

The demonstration for March will be a 3-Sided Off-Center Box, an off axis turning of a three sided lidded box, by Jeff Edwards.  If you are interested in off axis turning the demonstration will illustrate some simple techniques to get you started and allow you to utilize the process on various projects.  

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February 2018 Topic

Inlaying on Fluted Turnings

Buddy Compton

 

Full Demo Download

 

 

buddycomptonI spent 33 years as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in the public schools of Texas. I began working with wood in the late seventies, spending over 20 years building furniture and working in the arts and crafts arena. Upon retiring from the school business in 2002, I became interested in the lathe and woodturning. I spent time with master turners in Texas and Ohio learning the techniques of woodturning. As my interest grew, I joined the Southwest Association of Turners and the American Association of Woodturners. I owe much of my success in this area to my mentor, Larry Roberts, who is a master turner from Arlington, Texas.

buddycompton2I work with all woods, but my preference is mesquite. My pieces vary in size, shape and design and are dictated by the wood type, size and defects (i.e. cracks, knots, bark inclusions, etc.). The defects in the wood can provide some very dramatic effects on the finished piece, either through inlays or naturally. My goal is to turn pieces of high quality that will fit well in any home or gallery, but I also turn and construct special order pieces in my studio in Colorado City, Texas.

None of my turnings are the same, as no two pieces of wood are the same. Finding that ideal piece from a raw piece of wood is the continuing challenge that calls me to the studio each day.

 Woodturnings by Buddy was established about 12 years ago when I decided I could start trying to sell some of my work. I now sell my work at several juried art shows, as well as at my studio in Colorado City.

Jan 2018 Topic

Bowl Turning – various techniques

By Tod Raines

Some articles provided by Tod Raines you might be interested in:

Bandsaw Circle-cutter http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/BandsawJig1Jan2018.pdf

Twenty Ways (not to turn a bowl) http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/HowNotToTurnJan2018.pdf

Log To Turn http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/LogToTurnJan2018.pdf

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In this bowl turning demonstration, I’ll show a couple of jigs for processing logs at the bandsaw. Then I’ll show a couple of different methods of holding blanks on the lathe for traditional and natural edge bowls. I will also show different tools used to make essential cuts in the wood.

Bowl turning is fun and easy. I enjoy the fluid movements and relaxation I get out of turning a bowl. Since the club is asking everyone to help create bowls for the ‘Empty Bowls’ project I thought this would be a good demo topic.

I started woodworking in the early 1990’s making furniture and built-in cabinets for our home. I bought my first lathe in 2002 and was self-taught for the first couple of years. I then got involved with the Dallas Area Woodturners (DAW) club and the American Association of Woodturners, which was a big help in exposing me to all kinds of turning and training. I am now the treasurer for the DAW club and will continue to serve on the board for the next few years. I am also the Vice Chair on the City of Allen Public Art Committee.

I have learned a lot about turning by watching club demos, taking some classes, going to SWAT and visiting with other turners. I also read a lot, watched a bunch of YouTube videos and practiced and practiced

After being in the tech industry for 23 years, I now own and operate the Woodturning Tool Store, an online retailer dedicated to providing quality tools and equipment to the wood turning community.