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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

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


April 9, 2020 - Online only, see instructions for how to view. Do not come to Woodcraft.

See details at the following link: RMWT Remote Meeting & Demo Instructions

Dave Landers - Three Piece Goblets

Woodturning allows me a unique way to express creativity and craftsmanship.

I often start with “up-cycled” materials: trees removed from someone’s yard, wood intercepted on its way to the dump, pieces rescued from the firewood pile, or native trees removed for conservation efforts or fire prevention.

When using found wood as a medium, I rarely design a thing before I start making it. I start with an idea, but it is not until I cut into the wood and see what lies inside that I can start to work with what Mother Nature has provided. Sometimes I find beautiful figure, other times there are defects that need to be avoided (or even highlighted). Those discoveries often mean completely changing the form I thought I was creating. I enjoy responding to and working with nature in this way.

Online only see instructions.

Goblets - Make a 3-piece stemmed goblet. The bowl is usually a small burl or banch, and often natural-edged. This project has both bowl/face and spindle work, natural edge considerations, requires fitting the parts together, and there’s some challenges in holding the bowl and base on the lathe. So a fun project with a wide range of things to demonstrate.

See details at the following link: RMWT Remote Meeting & Demo Instructions


May 7, 2020

Don Prorak - Double Triple-corner captive ring clock or tea light holder

I am a member of Front Range Woodturners in Denver.

I am not a professional woodturner, but I have been a member of FRW for about 6 years, and have taken the opportunity to study with Rudy Lopez, Alan Lacer, Bruce Perry, Stuart Batty. Ashley Harwood, Jimmy Clewes, etc. Last year the club gave me a grant for a 3-day workshop with Keith Gotschall at his shop in Salida. I am a professional musician and retired music teacher, and am also the Youth Mentor for FRW.

My demo is a double tri-corner with a captive ring, similar to the clock below. For the demo I made the same form as a tea light holder. I have done a number of variations on the double tri-corner, including the lidded bowl with dbl. tri-corner handle. Another project I would enjoy demonstrating is an off-center bowl with texturing and a Merryll Saylan inspired foot.


June 11, 2020 (remember is one week later then normal)

Simon Begg - Carving

Simon is Australia's young and talented wood turner. He started turning in high school and after only one bowl he was hooked. Now he is turning full time, making big steps in his early career. His works are in a number of galleries in Australia and has pieces all over the world. As well as creating, Simon is starting to teach including at Turfest, Australia's premier turning event.


July 9, 2020

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.