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Welcome to Rocky Mountain Woodturners

We meet the Thursday after the first Tuesday of every month, 6:15 pm at Woodcraft in Loveland located at 3718 Draft Horse Drive in Loveland, CO..

You are invited to attend your first two meetings as our guest.

2020 Membership dues are $40, family $55 and student $25. Dues may be given to or mailed to Vice President, Chris Van Woerkom (8002 Hillsboro Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80525). We now offer online membership as well. Please click here for the membership page. Your membership card will get you a discount at several local turning supply retail stores (see the Resources page.)

News (see events page for more details)

YouTube Channel for Rocky Mountain Woodturners Videos

RMWT has set up a YouTube Channel to make our club demonstration videos available online. A tab is now in the menu bar. To view a video click here.

2020 EOG Grant Applications

The annual EOG process will conclude shortly, so please consider applying. See details at the following link: RMWT EOG Guidelines and Application.

Submit 2020 completed applications to EOG Chairman Todd Sheaman, todd.sheaman@gmail.com. If you have questions regarding RMWT EOG grants, please


Woodbank Guidelines now available. Must be read prior to use of the woodbank.

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings of the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Club are held monthly at Woodcraft in Loveland located at 3718 Draft Horse Drive in Loveland, CO. For directions go to Woodcraft/Loveland or call 970.292.5940. Click here for upcoming meetings and scheduled events.

Up Coming Meetings

June 4, 2020 - (this will be a live, interactive demo by streaming video. See information below and at end of description)

Zoom login information will be emailed to you

Mike Mahoney - Woodturning Overview from a Master

Mike Mahoney has been a professional woodturner since 1994. His bowls are featured in galleries across the United States. Mike’s work is sought after by collectors all over the world. Mike is often requested to demonstrate and teach for woodturning clubs, craft schools, and symposia. He has traveled around the world to discuss and demonstrate his craft and is considered an authority in woodturning.

As you can imagine, Mike produces a lot of bowls and other turnings but he also produces enormous piles of wood shavings.

Artist Statement:

“I am passionate about my craft and the American Craft movement. I am dedicated to producing quality craft and educating the public about woodturning. My wood comes from urban sources (tree trimmers and local cities). I produce all my work on the lathe without any embellishments after the fact, creating a very traditional feel with contemporary ideas. I want my work to be attractive as well as useful. For my work to be admired is one thing, but for my work to be used fulfills my purpose as a craftsman.”

I have 14 different topics to discuss on my interactive demos. I will cover most of them throughout the evening. Bowl Coring, thread chasing, shear scraping, making a bow,l drying turnings, wood finishes, for woodturners burial urns, pepper mills, drinking cup, tool design and grinding and tips & tricks

July 9, 2020 - (this will be a live, interactive demo by streaming video. More information to follow)

Laurent Niclot - Miniature Teapots

I have always loved wood, so it was only natural for me to study woodworking, woodcarving, cabinet making, furniture making, and design. I discovered woodturning from Jean-François Escoulen, and I knew it was how I wanted to make a living. So, in 2015, at age 20, I took the six-month woodturning class at the Escoulen School in Aiguines, France, with Jean-François and Yann Marot. Then, the school hired me as an assistant and translator for 3 years, gave me a studio and a lathe to practice my passion, and the possibility to meet many other artists and woodturners who now inspire my work. Today my workshop is in Toulon (South of France) where I continue my work, and also teach woodturning. In the meantime, I travel in France but also in Belgium and in America to teach my craft and do some demonstartions of my work.

My work is experimental: I like to play with the wood and try new textures and colors, new tools, and new techniques. I also enjoy giving a new life to a piece of wood. My job as an assistant gives me the opportunity to find and use interesting wood that may have too many cracks and knots for the students. I carve with rotary tools and gouges to create new shapes and textures. My aim is to make pieces that are sculptural, decorative, and designed with a strong message or a story to tell.

I also like to work in collaboration with other artists both in wood and using other materials like bronze, metal, paper, gold leaf, ceramic, pottery...

My latest work is inspired by the japanese and chinese teapots and the world of Alice in Wonderland, represented by miniature hollowed teapots. These teapots are displayed on drops, carved and textured with pyrography. I sometime stack some of the teapots to make what I call teatrees, using a big one (considering the others) as the roots emerging from the ground. I also work with the Escoulen chucks because they allow me to have turned pieces that are not round without having to carve them, to do some stands for example.

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 homemade hollowing tools (allen wrenches). 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.