Next meeting will be Tuesday, November 14, 7 pm

Agenda: Ornaments - by Richard Winslow

President's challenge:
Forms that you had to do over.
The forms could be improved.
What would you change

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


Upcoming Events

Sunday November 12, 2017
Carl Jacobson
Woodturner and prolific Youtube purveyor
Demonstration flyer here
Location: Silicon Valley Woodturners - directions

Saturday March 10 2018
Rudy Lopez
Production Wood Turner

Saturday May 12 2018
Trent Bosch
Wood Sculptor/Turner

Past Club Meetings:

October 2017 meeting: Guy Michaels - Alabaster forms


Alabaster is the stone of choice. An excellent dust collection system is required. A wood ring bonded to the stone works well and looks good. The wood is segmented and pieced so that no end grain is exposed, otherwise absorbed moisture will cause the wood to detach fron the stone. The form of the piece is of great importance.

Guy & Alabaster


See more Past Meetings in the archive here

Past Demonstrations

Sally Ault - Saturday October 7, 2017


Sally covered a range of topics.
Jewelry...she showed us tips and techniques of making small forms that can be combined with in various ways to create a jewelry item.
Boxes...turn a box using wood or a sea urchin. She had a facinating description how to create very artisitic pieces.
See demonstration photos here
Jewelry demo handout here
Embellishing lids handout here
Making a sea urchin box handout here

Don Petit - Saturday April 29, 2017


On April 29, Mr. Don spent the day with us discussing bandsaws.

We spent the morning covering how to tune up the bandsaw. Everything from blade selection to crowning the tires. By lunch, we had a smooth operating saw. One tip we all walked away with was use BladeCoat.

After lunch we covered the jigs that Don is selling. The jigs are made for easy customization to fit any bandsaw. Helping with resawing, circle cutting, as well as making it possible to cut repeatable curves for things like Justin Beaver demonstrated for us a few years ago.

See demonstration photos here


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.



See more Past Demonstrations in the archive here