Next meeting will be Tuesday, January 10, 7pm

Barry Uden on turning platters

President's challenge:
Piece incorporating 'bow ties'

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


Upcoming Events

February meeting: Bob Bley on fractal burning

Past Club Meetings:

December 2016 meeting: Holiday Party & Gift Exchange


A collection of gifts, a tree with ornaments, a table with food and a group of hungry woodturners with spouses and friends is all it took to make a great holiday party. Appetizers were served at 6:30, dinner at 7 followed by the ornament raffle and gift exchange. The ornaments and gifts were of very high quality, evidence of much effort and skill on the part of the contributors.
Click here for a photo collage of the ornments. Very artistic!
Click here for photos of the gifts exchanged, the exchangers and the exchangees.


November 2016 meeting: Claude Godcharles - 'Bow Ties'


Claude explained and demonstrated the technique of inserting a 'Bow Tie' or 'Butterfly' to a woodturning. The Bow Tie is handy for repairing a crack to enhance cosmetics or fixing a structural fault in a bowl or vase. The tools consist of a router, inlay router bit kit and pattern. The router bit kit has the bit and bushing guide set. You can make your own Bow Tie or purchase one with pattern to match. A resource list will be available under 'Tutorials'.



October 2016 meeting: Dennis Lillis - Hollow Form


Dennis presented a comprehensive tutorial on hollow form turning. His extensive collection of tools was inspiring. He displayed a large collection of his previous work. He turned a piece while describing the processs. He had seriously important tips on the "do's and don't's" of hollow form turning. This session had value for both novice and advanced turners. His style is strictly 'hands on', no jigs or fixtures to aid the process.



September 2016 meeting: Jon Sauer - Chattering on the lathe


This was the follow-on to the July meeting during which Jon Sauer described the technique of chattering. Because the elevator was broken in July and the lathe was not available, Jon chatted instead of chattering. This time we saw the real thing. Jon gave us a very comprehensive description and demonstration.


August 2016 meeting: Annual Club BBQ


The annual WBW BBQ was held on August 9. As is our custom, we were hosted by Jim Laflin. His back yard is the perfect setting for our annual event. He has an area for cooking and eating. His shop is always a touring treat.

There is space for a tool auction and wood raffle. We were again fortunate to have parking avalable next door. George Lutz is our new chef. He cooked a tasty BBQ assisted by retiring chef Larry Maggi. Thank you Jim, George, Larry and everyone who helped!


July 2016 meeting: Jon Sauer - Chatter


Chatter is the process of creating a symetrical pattern on a wood turned piece. The pattern is typically created on the end grain (but not always). A tool, created for the purpose, is held in a certain way, with the lathe turning at a certain speed. Jon treated us to many examples of pieces treated by chatter. Among those were perfume bottles and other pieces beautifully turned on his ornamental lathe and further decorated by chatter technique. Demonstration on a lathe will be done at a later time.

perfume bottles


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Past Demonstrations

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.
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Ashley Harwood

Ashley Harwood
Sunday April 10 2016

Ashley Harwood is a good study on technique. She provided detailed instruction on all aspects of bowl turning. Tool grinding and angle, standing, holding the gouge, tool selection and other aspects were covered. It was good instruction and good review for advanced turners. Interesting how every professional has his/her own method of grinding. Pieces turned during the demonstration had good finishes, requiring only light sanding before finishing.
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Eric Lofstrom

Eric Lofstrom
Saturday February 20 2016

Did you make it to Eric Lofstorm's demo? If you didn't, you missed a a good time with several projects. His tool control, particularly the skew, was definitely impressive. He started showing us "the dance" and comparing the body motion to Japanese woodworkers. Unfortunately, it is a very hard motion to duplicate. He then turned a top, using just a skew, but one with his grind. He showed us a cheap homemade chatter tool, and some SeaHawk coloring. Next on tap was a lidded box, with a really nice feel for the lid. All this in the morning! Two more projects wrapped up the afternoon.

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