We are currently assembling our demonstrator list for 2023. Do you want to demonstrate for us? Fill out our demonstrator application or contact Trent Bosch email@example.com. The application deadline is November 30th with notification by January 1st.
Below was our line-up for 2020 (which was canceled)
Mike Jackofsky specializes in hollow vessels, most of which are natural edge pieces made from unique burls.
He has been a “featured presenter” at many symposiums, including the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) symposiums, as well as the Utah Woodturning Symposium in Provo, Utah, and the SWAT Symposium in Waco, Texas. He has also participated numerous times in the Emma Lake Collaboration in Canada and has had his work selected for a number of AAW exhibitions.
Mike lives in the north county area of San Diego and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of San Diego School of Law. He conducts workshops, demonstrations and classes at many woodworking clubs and schools in the US and Canada, including his “Signature” 5 day classes for Craft Supplies USA at the Dale Nish School of Woodturning in Provo, Utah, and occasional private classes at his studio.
In 2011 Mike released his first tutorial DVD, a two disc set titled, “Woodturning With Mike Jackofsky: Making A Hollow Vessel”, and his signature “Hollow-Pro Tools” have become very popular with hollow vessel turners around the world.
Using hollowing tools to remove the wood from an open bowl allows attendees to see the cutting action of the tools that I use to hollow. Covers straight and bent tools of different sizes, and gives a look inside the process that is not possible in a demo of a closed vessel. By showing the cuts on an open bowl, there is no wasted time removing shavings through a small opening, and this allows for more discussion of the tools and skills necessary to produce hollow vessels.
Emphasis on demonstrating the skills necessary to effectively control hand-held hollowing tools. Using a balanced stance and holding the tools in a way that minimizes the effort required to produce controlled cuts, resulting in a clean, smooth surface, inside and out.
A fast paced demonstration of the entire process of making a hollow form from start to finish. Covers safely turning the wood between centers, making a tenon, mounting in a chuck, hollowing the piece, and reverse chucking to complete the bottom.
This demo explores the process of creating a hollow vessel “form”.
By skipping the process of removing the wood from the inside of a hollow vessel, this allows Mike to concentrate on the most important aspect of making his work – the shape!
This will cover the process of orienting the wood between centers to take advantage of the unique features of the material, making a tenon, mounting in a chuck, dealing with natural edges and defects, and getting clean cuts with a bowl gouge.
Does NOT cover the hollowing process, so this is a fun, fast paced demo to watch!
The entire process of making a small, restricted opening hollow form, using both straight and bent tools. Mike will shape and hollow a 4 – 6” vessel, using 3/8” tools. Vessels in this size are a great way to make use of small blocks of unique and interesting wood. There is an “instant gratification” aspect of hollowing pieces in this size range, where you can get a project completed without spending all day on one piece.
After getting some experience, most turners have an easy time with forms this size, so it’s a great way to break into hollowing vessels through a small opening without a lot of tools!
Graeme & Melissa have a combined experience of 45 years in the woodworking field. Graeme got his start as a production bowl turner and Melissa a furniture maker. Both moved into more sculptural work mid-career and have a shared love of using embellishment and color to accent their pieces. Their demos include woodturning, textural carving & pyrography, making your own woodburning brands, and how to use color effectively. Also discussed are design ideas and how to look to everyday life for creative inspiration.
This demonstration will cover the design and influences behind these bowls. We will discuss wood selection, preparation and drying. Then go on to basic bowl turning techniques, tool selection, sharpening and safety.
Then we will cover low relief carving and surface embellishment with rotary tools and wood burners, and coloring with acrylic paint, milk paint and paste wax application.
Time permitting, we will talk about other designs and surface techniques and show how we execute them.
Presents a myriad of embellishment possibilities with rotary carvers and other carving tools.
Covers design and influences, personalizing your work.
Tool selection, sharpening and safety. Wood selection. Rotary/hand carving and texturing techniques. Colouring and finishing.
Presents a myriad of surface treatments and embellishment possibilities with woodburners.
Covers design and influences, personalizing your work.
Equipment selection, use and safety. Wood selection. Designing and making your own burner tips/brands. Woodburning techniques/surface branding. Colouring and finishing.
A personal perspective on woodturning:
I have always been fascinated by the diversity of Nature. For all its variety, Nature is a cooperative effort. I’m drawn to cultures and beliefs that reflect Man and Nature in cooperation rather than conflict – Native American, Zen Buddhist, Hawaiian/Polynesian, Australian Aborginal, African and others of similar beliefs.
Working with wood you either force yourself and your ego into/onto the object, or you become aware of your own strengths and limits as well as those same qualities in your material. The results reflect the chosen path. Sometimes, I’ll have a particular piece of wood in the studio for years before we come to terms with each other. At other times, the process is much more immediate. Either way, one must always be aware of hidden nuances along the way.
The majority of my designs are simple forms that seek to compliment and accentuate Nature’s inherent beauty through objects that have a strong tactile and aesthetic appeal. I have begun to experiment with added elements (carving, gold wire, semi-precious stones, color, bleaching and texturing, etc.), and airbrushing.
This year I have concentrated about 90% of my efforts investigating the making of wooden spheres using different methods, and then decorating those spheres to create new and unique art from turned wooden spheres.
Learn to turn a wooden sphere/ball without the use of commercial jigs.
The method(s) shown will enable the user to quickly and easily make a sphere suitable for display as is, and time permitting, I will show you some decorating techniques.
Learn to turn a bowl from freshly cut wood; the advantages of using wet wood; the disadvantages of using wet wood; safe mounting techniques, and much more!
Raleigh Lockhart traces his interests for Woodworking to the Black Hills of South Dakota where as a young man he discovered his life-long passion. Over the past 38 years Raleigh’s full-time job has relocated his family from Denver, Colorado to Seattle Washington, then off to Salt Lake City, Utah and has made it back home to Colorado. In the early 1990’s Raleigh took a Woodturning Class while living in Seattle … at the Woodturners Shop of Bonnie Klein. Richard Raffan was the featured Instructor and wasn’t long after this class that Woodturning become his primary woodworking focus. Over the years Raleigh was a local Woodturning Instructor at Woodcraft of Salt Lake City, teaching monthly for over sixteen years. He has been a past Demonstrator at the 2010 & 2017 Utah Woodturning Symposium, as well as Super Wednesday at Craft Supplies and many Woodturning Clubs. He is very pleased to be home in Colorado and is teaching at the Woodcraft of Colorado Springs Store monthly.
Turn a Leaf Bowl with Carbide Cutters.
Those attending the demo will learn how to use those special leaves you have found, use them as a pattern to create a Leaf Bowl Woodturning Blank. Then we will walk through the process on how to turn them into Leaf Bowls.
This is a fun demonstration and the leaves you use all have your special story behind them!
Turn a Birdhouse with the use of a Home Made Mandrel.
Sharing on how to make a homemade Mandrel of all sizes and then we will demonstrate it by Turning Birdhouses!
Turning Birdhouses are one of woodturners favorite projects to make today!
Michael Alguire is a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque. He began his woodturning 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.”
Most people don’t turn crappy wood or wood with huge voids, mostly because it ends with the piece blowing up or falling apart.
I’ve tried various things, but none really worked well for me, Until I came up with an idea … Scrap Latching.
In this demo I’ll explain Scrap Latching and demonstrate its effectiveness.
I’m a utility turner, and I enjoy making items that people will use to help them prepare and serve food. The majority of my wood comes from urban trees, although I can’t resist buying a nice piece of Madrone Burl or Big Leaf Maple Burl for my peppermills. I’ve been turning since 2005, having taken classes at Red Rocks Community College and then later with professional turners such as Mike Mahoney, Glenn Lucas, Jimmy Clewes, Kirk DeHeer, Paul Chilton, and others.
I retired 5 years ago and now turn full time. I started my own company after I retired (Colorado Kitchen Heirlooms) and sell my items online and at craft shows. I served as President of the Front Range Woodturners in Denver for the past 3 years.
Many times during the drying process a crack can develop in the rim or side of a bowl. There are many ways to deal with the crack such as fill with glue and sawdust, colored epoxy, inlace, turquoise, etc. Using a wood inlay is another option.
You may already be familiar with or have used butterfly patches in flat woodworking. In this demo I will show how I use a router and butterfly patch to repair or strengthen a crack or imperfection in a bowl.
I will also show a 2nd way to enhance or strengthen a split by the use of “stitches” or splines using a biscuit cutter. Both methods are easy once you know how.
Have you always wanted to make a peppermill but were intimidated by all the steps? What if I told you there were only 4 steps to making a mill?
All peppermills are basically the same no matter what mechanism you use – it’s a piece of wood with a hole drilled through the middle. If that’s true what makes one peppermill worth $50 while another is worth $150 or $250?
In this demo we’ll discuss what makes one worth more money, and I’ll show you the steps and techniques that I use to make peppermills. We won’t make just any old peppermill, we’ll make a mill of the highest quality with a top that is guaranteed never to squeak!
This is a fast paced demo because of all the tips I have to share.
Do you eat off wooden plates that you’ve made? Why not? You use salad bowls that you’ve made, so why not plates? We all remember that picnic where we tried to eat off flimsy paper plates that folded under the weight of a juicy cheeseburger!
We’ve been using wooden plates in my household for 10 years. In this demo we’ll discuss the best woods to use, where to harvest the blanks from a tree, sizes, shapes and design of plates, and finishing. As a craftsperson, what better way to show off and impress your guests than to serve them a meal off of a plate that you made.
With over 25 years of experience Kirk DeHeer has an extensive knowledge of woodturning tools, equipment and techniques. Kirk emphasizes fundamentals, sharpening, and tool techniques. Giving students a firm foundation on which to build their skills. Kirk has been a Resident instructor at Craft Supplies USA in the Dale L Nish school of woodturning for more than 15 years where he has had the opportunity to work with many other turners as the assistant in the classroom.
Everyone likes a turned box. One with hand-chased threads adds a very special touch. In this demo we will Demystify many of the myths and problems encountered with hand-chased threads.
Discussion on sharpening systems (ie: grinders, stones, jigs, sharpening your turning tools on the standard systems to get the most out of your turning tools.)
Understanding what causes catches and what they look like will help us learn to avoid them. We will turn a bowl in this demo and look at the different Cuts and Tool grinds to help each turner understand where the tools and techniques they use can be improved on so that they can have a more efficient and enjoyable time turning.
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.
I’ve been turning since 2012. I started with pens and have remained a fairly loyal and consistent pen turner. I’ve explored different styles, materials and finishes on traditional pens using kits from various manufacturers. These kit pens require the use of components, essentially making me a pen assembler, rather than a pen maker. In order to grow and evolve as a pen turner, I’ve began to explore new methods in pen design and creation. I developed an interest in kitless pens because every pen I create is unique. Essentially, it is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This fulfills my desire to expand my skills and techniques. It also lends to my interest in precision parts creation and machining principals in general.
Discussion regarding the tools, techniques and methods for creating kitless pens. Sources for material, tools, etc will also be discussed. Discussions will also include the creation of mandrel needed for use during turning. If there is time, one of the parts of the pen will be created.