Next meeting will be Tuesday, May 9, 7pm

WBW meeting:
Bud Trapp - filling cracks with crushed stone

President's challenge:
Vessel turned in last two months

Location: Bridges Community Church,
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos


Upcoming Events

May 11, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Utah Woodturning Symposium
Location: Orem, UT
more information here

May 17, 7 pm
Sawdust session at Bob Bley's shop
158 Hillside Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

June 22, 2017 to June 25, 2017
AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
More information here

Past Club Meetings:

April 2017 meeting: Ice Cream Social

Ice cream

Ice cream, tops and show were the focus of the April meeting. We don't often have enough time for informal discussion amongst us. So this meeting was an opportunity. The show focused on jigs and fixtures but also included some fine turnings. The top spin-off was great fun. Richard winslow won the "donated top" spin-off.


March 2017 meeting: Footed vessel by Claude Godcharles


There is a way to add interest to the bottom of a turned piece by creating feet. The outline of the feet is done by turning an outside profile. Create a bead between the body of the piece and the lower footed area. Then turn the inside of the footed area, similar to the inside of a bowl. Finally the feet are freed by cutting away unwanted material.



February 2017 meeting: Bob Bley - 'Fractal burning'


What is a fractal? By definition it is "a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomina..." Isn't that what we saw that Tuesday night when the burning arc worked its way across that piece of wood. It was so natural (like a growing tree) but then again so statistical and mathematical.

Bob treated us to the fractal magic, but also had some very firm practical advise. "Don't touch anything unless the power is off." The voltage is fatally high. One can purchase the equipment from Conestoga Works, or assemble your own. A conductive solution is needed and bleaching after the burning. Use a fan to blow the smoke from the area.


January 2017 meeting: Barry Uden - 'Platters'


Barry is an old hand at woodturning and platters are a staple for him. Turning a platter is straight forward for most, but watching Barry makes one appreciate the sublties of holding the piece, elegantly removing wood and finessing the rim. Just looking at his finished pieces and the rim catches the eye. His means of mounting for turning the bottom using stretch wrap, if you haven't done it before, made the whole show worth while.



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Past Demonstrations

Derek Weidman - Saturday April 1, 2017


The demonstration was held in the SVW shop at the Santa Clara High School. Derek surprised us by asking what animal we wanted to make. Among local choices, the bobcat was chosen. For those doubters among us, it seemed an impossible task. Starting with a block of wet Maple, Derek shaped the bobcat. Constantly remounting the piece, turning away some wood and remounting again, the piece took shape. Visualizing where to cut and how to mount to make that cut was an art. Each mounting was a nerve wracking experience because of concern that the piece would become air borne. But, it did not. Derek was particularly carefull in placement and locking of the headstock and tailstock.

See demonstration photos here


Brad Adams - Saturday October 29 2016

Brad Adams

The demonstration was held at the Bridges Church. Brad focuses on bowls and hollow forms with emphasis on esthetics. The wood he uses either attracts interest in itself or is decorated to create that interest or both. The demonstrtation was much about process, the how to, the descrition of tools and equipment. But it included actual turning demonstration. If you do it right, it goes quickly and easily with good results.


Sharon Doughtie - Saturday July 30 2016

Sharon Doughtie

The demonstration was held at the Bridges Church. She did no wood turning, but instead she showed us how to create Celtic knots and to do specialized carving. The Celtic knot is an interesting example of artwork to grace the surface of a woodturning. Sharon is an expert at creating the outline and implimenting it by burning and she showed us how. Much time was spent discussing the burning tools and describing and demonstrating burning the design into the wood. Additionally she demonstarted power carving, an example of which was the carving of feet on a bowl.
See demonstration photos here


See more Past Demonstrations in the archive here