We are filling out our lineup of demonstrators for 2019. There’s still more to come, so keep checking back.
Derek Weidman, born in 1982, lives in rural Pennsylvania a bit outside the city of Philadelphia. Initially studying philosophy in college, but a born artist, he chose to follow in the path of his father who was a bird carver.
When he began turning in 2003 he has approached the lathe as a sculptor, primarily exploring and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis turning. His main effort was trying to create a visually descriptive and versatile language born out of the arcing and circular cuts of a lathe, and has spent well over a decade now building up a vocabulary of shapes and cuts. At the heart of many of his works he treats the lathe almost as an unusual camera, with every subject passing through its lens adding to a visually novel circular zoo of animals.
A simple question, what would each animal look like through the lens of a lathe? With the question in mind the shaping begins and even with the most rigorous naturalism, an honest abstraction takes place, and for each new subject that question gets answered. So from human heads to rhinos, mandrills to birds, each idea being captured in a way it has not been expressed before.
We’re not exactly sure what Dereck is going to do, but here are some possibilities:
The audience can pick any animal they can think of, and after a consensus on most desired animal to be witnessed being created is made, I go about using the lathe to carve an animal on the fly, with almost pure multi-axis processes, and a few cuts of an arbortech!
For this demo you can expext things that I can confidently say you just haven’t seen before, there are a number of ways this demo can go, but be assured it is not your average demonstration!
Here we will use the lathe to create a human bust, if you are looking for something different to turn, then look no farther for a new challenge! Due to the difficulty of this turning, there are some tips and tricks to sculpting on the lathe that I go over in this demo, that primarily focus on prepwork before you start turning.
Anthony currently resides in Kansas, and has lived in Colorado and Japan. He started turning in 1969 on a homemade lathe.
He is a professional wood turner and has been teaching and demonstrating for twenty years – first locally and then around the country.
Anthony is an eclectic turner and, among other places, has work shown or showing in the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, The National Museum of Toys / Miniatures, and The National Craft Gallery in Ireland.
He hand-chases threads in woods, hard and soft, brass, stone, ivory, horn, bone, seeds, sweet potatoes, banksia pods, plastics, etc.
Everyone has heard it: ride the bevel! But what does that really mean? We will show the five cuts of spindle turning. How they work. What the gouge and bevel has to do to make them. The function of the turner’s hands – not right and left, but front and back. Incidentally we will make a goblet – which means some end-grain hollowing – captive rings, and a surprise at the end.
We will talk about all of it. What kind of shape and pitch of chasers to buy, and why. What needs to happen to the chasers to make them work. What auxiliary tools you will need. What materials are easiest to work with, and the range of materials you can expect to grow into. We will show a regimen for early practice. Why you might cut one half of the thread pair first – or not. And then, we will make a box.
Bill Jones used to make Staunten – style chess sets. His pieces were usually built of four or five parts joined by threads. We will make an oversize pawn out of four pieces. The highlights are on how to build up a multi-part object on the lathe. Process and work-order will be at the theme of the rotation.
Stuart Batty is a third generation apprenticed woodturner, who started turning at the age of 10 under the expert tutelage of his father Allen Batty. Stuart became a professional production turner and woodturning teacher at the age of 16. Stuart has taught around the world for over 38 years in twelve countries and all 50 states in the USA. Stuart also creates a limited number of art pieces, one of which is in the White House.
In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to minimize off balance problem while turning. This demo will include both gouge work and negative rake scraping. I will be demonstrating how to easily finish the wings of the bowl with no torn grain or damage to the edges of the piece and how to mate the wing surface to the bowl shape, leaving a very clean sharp corner.
In this demonstration, I’ll be covering the 7 Fundamentals Setups to eliminate most of the variables in woodturning. I’ll will be demonstrating and explaining how I cut the wood to avoid any torn grain on any species of wood, using a maximum of two pounds of pressure. I’ll also be explaining that knowing grain direction is essential to good cutting and that the techniques for spindle and bowl turning are vertically identical.
In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to sharp all the gouges, chisels and scrapers we use in woodturning. I’ll will be using a platform and not jigs and will explain the significant benefits to learning this technique. I’ll also be showing how quickly our tools lose their edge and how to know when it’s time to resharpen. I’ll also be talking about the plus and minuses of all the types of steels we use in woodturning.
This demonstration shows the relationship between spindle and bowl turning. Grain orientation is explained, as knowing the grain direction is essential to successful cutting. Stuart will also explain the difference between slicing and peeling, as well as how to combine both in the same cut, which enables large volume cuts with no torn grain.
After spending over 25 years in Hollywood, filming television commercials, I began experimenting with a lathe I had inherited. Before I even mastered the technique, I could see that I wanted to find a way to give the pieces a little more life. A bowl, or a vase, or a sculpture sits on a shelf and has a form, and there’s a certain beauty in that, but I wanted to add movement and energy to that form.
I have always lived near the ocean, and was inspired to bring the motion and rhythm of the waves to a round object. The exploration of that concept led to the “wavy” design which is still the core element of my work today.
I started by placing the design on bowls, because that’s kind of the obvious thing to make on a lathe, but as I developed new techniques I found that I could remove the restriction of the vessel and let the design stand alone as a sculptural form.
By working with round forms I found this opportunity to create designs that have no beginning or end. Even as they sit still, you can imagine the design wrapping around the piece and coming back into view, giving rhythm to the design. By moving the shapes around on the piece I found the energy that hopefully gives a feeling of movement to an otherwise static form.
I live in Pacific Palisades, CA with my wife Candy, and two wonderful daughters, Lauren and Rachel. When I’m not in the studio, I enjoy Golf, Paddle Tennis, Skiing, Cycling, Kayaking, Hiking and Bocce.
In this action packed demo John will show two different ways to make his signature wave vessels.
For the first piece, John will take a block of wood, cut it apart, add a contrasting wood to create the wave and show you how to put it back together keeping the grain aligned. With a bandsaw, a few clamps and basic turning tools, this is a project you will be able to go home and do yourself.
The second piece will be a protruding wave bowl from a rough turned bowl. For this piece John will use his custom jig to cut a turned bowl into pieces. He will then modify the elements and put it all back together.
This piece has a higher skill level but there are many tricks that may help you with some of your own designs. While the design of the wave is the feature of this presentation, there are many additional tricks you will learn. John will show you safe ways to cut a round bowl on a bandsaw with almost any angle, and put it back together keeping the walls and grain aligned perfectly. You will learn how to bend wood in a microwave oven, which is interesting and has many fun applications. You will learn how to precisely turn a bowl smaller keeping the proportions exact. Most importantly, John hopes you will be able to use these ideas and tips to change and improve your own designs.
This is a good beginner class but a lot of fun for turners of all levels. Bangles make great gifts for wives, daughters and friends, or for the women in the audience – yourself. They are also great items to add to your craft show booth. Anyone with a basic turning set can make a bangle.
In this demo John will demonstrate various ways to mount and turn wood bangles. John will show you specialized tools you can buy to make the process easier, but he will also show you how to use tools you already have to accomplish the same thing. It’s amazing how something as simple as a rubber band can make a big difference in the way you use a basic tool.
There are many ways to turn bangles and you will see lots of options so you can find the technique that’s best for you. John will also cover bangle sizes and talk about different styles so you can create your own unique bangles.
In this demo John will share from his experience as a professional photographer and motion picture cameraman.
The first half of the demo will talk about camera basics and the set-up. John will take questions and make sure you have the right equipment to take the best pictures of your turnings. The second half of the demo is where the fun really starts. John will actually create a set-up and move the lights around to show you the best way to maximize your set-up and get really great photos of your work.
This is a powerpoint presentation showing the journey John has gone through to get from one design to the next. Whether expanding on one particular technique, or evolving through different techniques, this interactive discussion will get your creative juices flowing and help you come up with new designs of your own.
I started woodturning in 2002 and got involved with the Dallas Area Woodturners club (an American Association of Woodturners affiliate) in 2007, which connected me with the woodturning community. Through the club and its many members, I learned and grew a lot as a turner. In 2016, I became the treasurer of our club and continue as Vice President today.
After a long tenure in the telecommunication industry, which ended in 2016, I decided that I needed a new direction in my work life. With the loving support of my wife, in April of 2017, I started Woodturning Tool Store, an e-commerce business selling woodturning tools.
In this bowl turning demonstration, I’ll discuss a couple of jigs for processing logs at the bandsaw. Then I’ll demonstrate a couple of different methods of holding blanks on the lathe for traditional, natural edge and end grain bowls. I will also demonstrate different tools used to make essential cuts in the wood. I will demonstrate the turning of a natural edge end grain bowl using a hook tool and teardrop scraper for hollowing.
Michael Alguire is a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque. He began his wood turning hobby in 2013 making pens and small wooden ornaments. His passion has grown and his art has flourished to intricate wood turned hollow forms, including bowls, vases and abstract art pieces like basket illusions and more intricate pieces called “Wheels of Delicacy.”
Born in N.M. in 1966 and a Colorado Transplant in the mid 80s . In 2009 I fell in love with woodturning and since then all my woodworking has focused around a lathe . I started turning as another avenue in my woodworking to explore and before started casting and stabilizing to make box blanks for the lidded boxes I was turning. I had found that I really liked turning stabilized material and or resin blanks because once the lid was made to fit, it would remain that fit and not expand or contract with moisture gain/ loss.
After making lots of boxes and posting them occasionally on some of my turning pages – I started getting approached by others to make blanks for them as well . Anyhow – it wasn’t long before the pen groups approached us to make blanks for them as well , so I started turning pens and have now turned well over 400 pens and made well over 5000 Hybrid pen blanks.
Now, Cindy and I run a blank making business (Franklin Blanks and Crafts) and supply all kinds of woodturners with about every size blank you can think of up to a 5 gallon bucket size. And we ship worldwide. In the last few years we have quickly becoming known in the social media groups for our wide range of different size blanks and our art series blanks that are each unique and one of a kind and frequently turned and displayed as bottle stoppers – spheres and Dragon Eggs.
We have recently started an instagram page and you can find some fine examples of some of our work on it here.Or you can contact us anytime to see what blanks we may have available or to put in that custom order —through our FB page. Or by phone @ 303-579-7325 – additionally you can also find a variety of our blanks for sale through TurnersWarehouse.com
In this demonstration you will walk away with the understanding and knowledge of what wood stabilizing and resin casting is about and the benefits and new avenues that come with it as applied to the world of woodturning.
I will cover the basics in both and supply a vendor list as well that will include some of the best products on the market for home use applications. To add to the fun & excitement I will do a cast (after all it is a demonstration) and cast a few Hybrid Blanks in various sizes to show the whole process.
In this demonstration you will walk away with the knowledge of how to turn a fine writing instrument from start to finish including the steps to do an easy durable BLO enhanced CA finish. I will also demonstrate how to polish out larger turned items from hybrids or plastics where doing a CA finish may not be the best choice.
After learning to turn at age 15, Michael Andersen won Awards for Excellence at three AAW Symposia. He also won the high-school division in the 2016 Turning to the Future National Competition and was featured in an article in the February 2016 issue of American Woodturner.
Michael was a demonstrator at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Symposium, as well as numerous times to the New Mexico Woodturners. He also volunteers weekly at an Albuquerque high school shop class.
Inspired by the orderly chaos of the natural world, Michael’s design philosophy is to learn about many random things then smash them together.
This demonstration will cover turning a shallow bowl and drawing the voronoi (turtle shell/cracked mud) pattern on the bowl. Michael will also demonstrate how to make your own wood burner tips from nichrome wire, the use of a wood burner to cut your pattern, the use of hand and rotary carving to bring the pattern to life, and various forms of texturing to finish off the project.
Woodworking has been a major interest of mine for many years. My early training came from college level woodworking and furniture design courses in San Diego, with more recent training coming from courses taken in the Fine Woodworking Department at Red Rocks Community College.
While I enjoy making projects from furniture to small craft items, turning projects are by far my favorites. I feel nothing highlights and celebrates the beauty of wood quite the same way as turnings. In addition to turning wood, I also like to incorporate metal into many of my pieces through the use of inlay, metal spinning, and other techniques.
Currently I run my own small woodworking business under the name of Glacial Studio.
This demonstration will focus of the techniques used to the turn the bowl section of a long stemmed form from a section of burl. The turning will progress from spindle turning of a rough sawn blank, through faceplace turning to the final natural edged waterfall form. The stem & foot sections will be turned in the following demonstration.
This demonstration will focus of the techniques used to turn a two part stem & foot for the bowl section turned in the previous demonstration. The stem section, about 7 – 9 in. long, will be turned first, followed by a separate turning of the foot. The three sections combined will make one complete long stemmed waterfall edged form.