Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 14, 7pm

Footed vessel by Claude Godcharles

President's challenge:
Some sort of embellishment

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


Upcoming Events

March 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Oregon Woodturning Symposium
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Saturday, April 1
Woodturning Demo - Derek Weidman
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April 11
WBW meeting: Ice cream social
President's challenge: Jigs & fixtures (show only)
and Tops spin off

May 11, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Utah Woodturning Symposium
Location: Orem, UT
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June 22, 2017 to June 25, 2017
AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
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Past Club Meetings:

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.



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'.



See more Past Meetings in the archive here

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.
See demonstration photos here

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.
See demonstration photos here


See more Past Demonstrations in the archive here