Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm

'Hollow Form' by Dennis Lillis

President's challenge:
Item with chattering

Election of officers

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

Upcomimg Events

Professional demonstration:
Brad Adams - Saturday October 29
His website here

October 27 to October 30, 2016
Segmented Woodturners Symposium
Quincy, MA

Learn to Turn Display
Starting November 1 for the month of November
San Mateo City Hall, 330 West 20th Ave, San Mateo
Select turnings from club members be on display

Other events around the US

November meeting: 'Bow ties' by Claude Godcharles
President's challenge: Hollow form

Past Club Meetings:

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


June 2016 meeting: Bob Bley - Natural Edge


After showing many of the pieces he has produced, Bob took us through the process of turning a natural edge bowl. Starting with a raw blank, he first shaped the outside then the inside. Of course the non-uniform edge presents the biggest challenge. With finesse and proper presentation of the bowl gouge to the natural edge, Bob pulled off a great presentation and ended with a nice looking piece. He discussed the option of using a strobe which was the subject of a previous demo.


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Past Demonstrations

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.

See demonstration photos here


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