Welcome to Rocky Mountain Woodturners

We meet the Thursday after the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm.

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

2016 Membership dues are $40, family $55 and student $25. Dues may be given to or mailed to Vice President, Jim Felton (921 Shoshoni, Cheyenne, WY 82009). We now offer online member ship 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.

2016 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(pdf).

Submit 2016 completed applications to EOG Chairman Elizabeth Amigo, efamigo@msn.com. If you have questions regarding RMWT EOG grants, please contact Elizabeth or anyone else on the EOG committee or RMWT Board.

The deadline for 2016 EOG grant applications is January 31, 2016.


New 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

March 3, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Rick Orr – Antler Boxes

Elk Antler Boxes: Inspired by Pete Holtus, with further input captured from Kip Christensen and Kirk DeHeer, Rick will take you through the process of making a small, simple box from elk antler with contrasting top and bottom made from wood. This simple process will start with obtaining the raw antler (how, where, how much $$$), the preparation of the antler (stabilization), centering, and the addition of a tenon for a chuck. The antler will be turned, sanded, and polished – and the tops and bottoms turned, using jam chucks, with contrasting hard wood. Examples of several finished boxes will be provided, as well as ideas for more complicated projects out of elk antler (other boxes, napkin rings). This session provides some insight to the use of other turning materials besides wood.

Rick Orr is a member of AAW, a member of the RMWT (Rocky Mountain Woodturners), and past President of the FRW (Front Range Woodturners) based in Denver, CO. He is most recognized for both his Rainsticks and his bamboo Fly Rod Tubes, demonstrating both of those items at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium. He has demonstrated for the RMWT (Loveland, CO), FRW (Denver, CO), Pueblo Woodturners (Pueblo, CO), and the Yellowstone Woodturners (Billings, MT). This will be Rick’s second visit as a demonstrator to the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium. Rick is a retired Montana State University Chemical Engineer, having worked most of his adult career for General Electric. Rick resides in the Denver, CO metro area. He can be contacted at rickorr.1848@yahoo.com.

April 7, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Allen Jensen - Beads of Courage bowls

May 5, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Derek Weidman – Drawing with the Lathe


I have dedicated the last decade to exploring lathe-based sculpture, with multi-axis turning as the foundation. This distinctive shaping process is a visual language that only the lathe can speak. Using the lathe to carve, I create abstract representations of a wide range of subjects, from portraits based on human anatomy to various animal forms. I work from a basic question, “What would a rhino or tiger or sage grouse look like if expressed via the endless positioning possibilities of multi-axis turning?” Answering that question captures the essence of animals and humans in novel ways.

Drawing with the Lathe

Derek will focus on multi-axis turning and problem solving. He will choose an animal the audience suggests and then proceed to turn it on the fly. This shows the fluid carving that can be done with little to no planning on the lathe, almost as if drawing with the machine. Derek believes it is important to demonstrate how free one can approach the lathe and how to work through problems while not getting hung up on them. At times the animal may not come out exactly as desired, but the shape always is interesting even if a wrong turn was taken, while others times a surprising likeness is presented when all the centers have played their part.

June 9, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Gordon DeKrey – Inside/Outside Turning

After I retired in 1997, I stated volunteering at our Senior Citizen wood hobby shop. I was comfortable with most of the equipment because I had been a carpenter at one time but; the lathe was not one of them. It was suggested that I learn to turn to make sure that people used the lathe safely. My mentor did segmenting. I asked him to show me how. My second piece was a simple segmented bowl. Most of my work is segmented.

My demonstration will not be segmented, but will use four pieces to do inside/outside turning.