Brief description of demonstrations.


Keith Tompkins

 The Essential Cuts, In order to progress as a woodturner proficiency in the fundamentals of the craft must be mastered. This demonstration will show the fundamental cuts that can be performed with the bowl gouge, spindle gouge, and the skew chisel. Precise tool control and the ability to produce clean cuts will be emphasized. This presentation will greatly benefit turners who are experiencing problems with tool catches, excessive sanding due to torn grain, and constant “redesign” issues caused by lack of tool control. The importance of repeatable tool grinds will be covered as well.  Those who attend this demonstration can begin to incorporate the cuts demonstrated and can expect dramatic improvements to their work.


The Art of the Finial: If you have ever spotted an attractive finial and wished you had the ability to create one yourself, this demonstration will guide you through the process using only basic turning tools and the “essential cuts” demonstrated previously. During this demonstration we will explore design concepts that will transform an ordinary finial to a piece of artwork.  Topics discussed will include holding the turning blank on the lathe, how to develop fine tool control, and techniques that allow you to turn fine delicate work. There will be a strong emphasis on design concepts.


 Design Concepts for Woodturners: What makes a successful, attractive wood turning? If you have ever struggled to create pleasing shapes this demonstration will help eliminate the frustration that plagues so many turners. In this presentation, I will demonstrate ideas and concepts that can be applied immediately to improve your work. I will show how to transform dull, lifeless turnings into bold, dynamic pieces of art by applying these proven concepts. This demonstration will also show how to view your work with a critical eye, which will allow continuous improvement in your work. 


Kimberly Winkle

Turning a Small Stool: During this demonstration students will learn how to turn a small stool.  Kimberly will demonstrate how to faceplate turn the seat, design and create a template for turning duplicates, and spindle turn matching legs.  Whether you’re interested in turning one leg or one hundred and one, these techniques and tips will help. These same techniques can be applied to making multiple parts of most anything: candlesticks, chair rungs, banister railings….

From Drab to Pizzazz: Milk Paint and Surface Embellishment: You keep hearing of Milk Paint over and over again but have no idea really what it is or how to begin using it, right?  Kimberly will demystify Milk Paint.  During the demonstration, students will learn how to properly mix, use, and explore the infinite possibilities of Milk Paint.  Although Milk Paint is often associated with traditional furniture forms, the material can be used on practically any surface or format: – metal, stretched canvas, bedroom walls, kitchen cabinets, toys, furniture…  Your only limitation is your imagination.   Milk Paint is incredibly durable, eco-friendly and comes in a delicious color palette.  Students will learn how to use Milk Paint and to explore the wide range of visual possibilities. The techniques learned can be translated to any number of other projects or formats. 

Turning a wall mirror During this demonstration, students will learn how to turn a two-part wall mounted mirror.    Using face plate turning techniques to turn the forms, students will learn how to transform and combine common techniques into something that is uncommon in format. 

Mark Gardner

Turn hollow forms without the hollowing. Cut it in half: Hollow forms turned through a small opening were always a challenge for me to turn. In this demo I’ll show how I make hollow forms, using green wood, much like you make lidded boxes only I’ll glue the lid back on. Not only is there less risk of turning through the side of your vessel but it is also easier to gauge the wall thickness as well as remove the shavings from the inside. I’ll focus on techniques for making a precise joint to help ensure that the piece stays together as it dries. Time will be spent demonstrating various ways to then hide the seam in your vessel. This vessel will also have handles.


Surface embellishment for your turnings:  I will demonstrate all the various techniques and methods I use for embellishing my work. I’ll start by showing how I layout geometric patterns on my turned vessels. Some of the techniques I’ll cover include, carving with hand and power tools, engraving, and even some textures done on the lathe. I’ll show how I use milk paints and dyes to enhance the carved patterns and lastly how I sharpen my carving tools using a simple homemade MDF strop.


Turn a shrink box: A shrink box is a container that is made from green wood with a bottom that is a dry disk of wood fitted into a groove in the base of the box. The green wood box shrinks as it dries locking the bottom in place. Traditionally these were hand carved. I’ll demonstrate how to turn the box, cut the groove and carve and shape the bottom to achieve a good tight fit. Typically turned wood boxes are made from dry wood, I like this technique as it is a way to make lidded containers but still use green wood.


Nick Agar

Viking sunset bowl: A, Bowl turning technique explained. Many different textures and use of color bring this iconic and ever popular design to life.

Bowl with textured lid and off center finial: Simple bowl form studying gouge work and tool grinds. A fitted, textured and colored lid with offset finial. Tooling tips and advice, design elements, power carving and coloring with wood dyes and gilt.

Wall piece: Each one will be different. Come see what this demo produces as I turn a” one of a kind” wall piece. Work holding ideas, tool choice and control, decoration, design elements, use of air brush, carving burrs and a wild imagination … where will it lead you?


Rudy Lopez

Square to Round Bowls, Vases and Hollow Forms:  I will explain and demonstrate the process I use to create a bowl or vase, which is square on top and tapers to round at the bottom. Starting with a square or rectangular blank that has been prepared on a bandsaw to taper the sides, the remaining exterior corners will be turned leaving the four tapered sides previously cut on the band saw, then the interior of the bowl or vase will be turned into the square top. I will show a variety of ways blanks can be cut on the band saw which will start you thinking about how many different design possibilities there are for these square to round projects. I will demonstrate the process I use to set-up and draw the layout of a design on the blank and how it is cut on the band saw then oriented on the lathe to be turned. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two of the most important fundamentals of turning – sharp tools and good tool control will be emphasized. Attendees will learn how and why this along with lathe speed affects how efficiently and cleanly interrupted edges can be turned safely. Techniques for sanding and/or embellishing the different surfaces of the forms will also be discussed. This demonstration will provide attendees with several new creative ideas and open up

many new design possibilities.


Square Wing plate from a 2×6:, I will be turning a small square wing plate from a 2 x 6. Emphasizing the two most important fundamentals of turning, sharp tools and good tool control I will cover the basics of bevel supported verses non-bevel supported cuts. This is great practice with cheap material and will help you improve your technique on interrupted cuts, which will help you achieve a clean smooth finish from the tool that will greatly reduce sanding.  In case you do not get that perfect bowl gouge cut I will explain sharpening and using negative rake scrapers to clean up the surface. I will show the quick simple method I use to jam-chuck the plate to finish the bottom. We will discuss design and layout considerations regarding grain pattern orientation in the 2×6 when picking the board and turning the bowl. Some helpful hints to help make turning thin interrupted cuts easier will also be demonstrated.


Thin Stem Natural Edge Goblet from a Limb: We will be turning a thin stem natural edge goblet from a green limb approximately 1 ½ – 2 ½” dia. I will show attendees the simple techniques I use to easily turn a thin stem natural edge goblet from a green limb using mostly a 1/2″ or 5/8″ side ground bowl gouge. I will explain limb selection, pith orientation, different techniques used for stabilizing thin stems, the use and sharpening of Negative Rake scrapers and drying to help avoid cracking.

Laurent Niclot

Miniature Teapots: Turning of a miniature teapot (approximately an inch) using the bedan and demonstration on how to use it with the bevel up for spindle turning, hollowing of the teapot with miniature hollowing tools. Then turning of the lid and the spout (magnifiers not included) and coloring using Indian ink and gilding wax to create the Damascus steel effect. Finally, demonstration on how the make the handle using a wire and a cotton string on the lathe.


Ploc! Multi- Axis Drop: Turning and turning off-center of a drop using a spindle gouge and a skew. Then carving of the top of the drop using gouges and rasps to make it thinner and have two different curves on the back and the front giving it an illusion of movement. And finally, texturing of the drop using a woodburner to create a Steampunk design, a combination of gears and metal plates, and coloring using Indian ink and gilding wax. 


The Sphere: Roughing out and turning of a perfect sphere between centers and remounting for the finishing using a jam chuck made out of green wood. Hollowing the sphere using small hollowing tools in a homemade chuck for a precise and safe method of hollowing. The sphere is a very pure shape but is also one of the most complicated. It is a great canvas for carving and texturing as well as a pleasant shape that will put forward the beauty of the wood grain.