I was first introduced to woodturning nearly 50 years ago in high school. I continued pursuing it through college, which led to a teaching career. In 1993, I came to Loveland, and was soon a part of the Rocky Mountain Woodturners Club. I met a great group of turners who were mentors, and now are longtime friends.

Initially, I turned hollow forms with natural voids, which I still enjoy, but now I am focused on Basket Illusion pieces. I am taking them my own direction, while turning platters, bowls, and hollows, decorated with multiple colors in geometric patterns.

Hands On Workshop: Bowl Turning Simplified

In this demo, we will be turning a small bowl using some simple turning techniques. This will include mounting the blank to the lathe, rough turning the piece, reversing it into the chuck, and finish turning. We will be primarily using bowl gouges and negative rake scrapers in this workshop.

Shear Style Basket Illusion

In this demo, I will be turning a small basket illusion piece, using shear style beading tools. During this demo I will show all the steps necessary, from start to finish, to complete a basket illusion turning. This will include mounting the piece for turning, rough turning, finish turning, beading, indexing to draw radial lines, burning, and coloring.


Handouts

Comparing Shearing and Scraping Basket Illusion

In this demo, I will be turning a small basket illusion piece, comparing the shearing style and scraping style beading tools. I will demonstrate the very different techniques that each of these style of tools requires. During this demo I will show all the steps needed, from start to finish, on how to complete a basket illusion turning. This will include mounting the wood to the lathe, turning techniques, beading using both styles of beading tools, indexing, burning and coloring.