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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. Please contact Chris Van Woerkomn at mcvan1@gmail.com for information.

2022 Membership dues are $45, family $60, dual clubs $22.50 and student $25. Dues may be given to or mailed to Vice President, Leanne Stember(1500 Stonewood Ct, Windsor, CO 82550). 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.

2021 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 2021 completed applications to EOG Chairman Clarence Sitzman, cgsitzman@gmail.com. If you have questions regarding RMWT EOG grants, please contact Clarence.


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 9, 2022 - Live demo at Woodcraft, We will meet in person and also use Zoom for an Interactive Remote Demonstration for anyone who cannot join in person.

Dr. Lee Carter - Pouring Pewter Inlay

This will be a fun evening with a Legend in the Woodturning World … Dr. Lee Carter!! Lee will share stories of the early days of the Rocky Mountain Woodturners Club and his perspective on the Craft of Woodturning today. Lee will also share the process of Pouring Pewter Inlay …and turning the Pewter Inlay as well. This is a once in a Lifetime Evening / Demonstration with a Legend in our Woodturning World and Community.

Lee had the opportunity to live in many US States in his early life and this was due to his father’s Baptist Ministry. Moving from State to State and finally graduating from High School in Rupert Idaho. Lee attended the University of Nebraska to become a Technology Education Teacher and went to school on a Track Scholarship for all four years. In fact, Lee was such a good runner that he earned the nickname “Carter also Ran”

Along the way Lee met his Lifetime Partner Loralee and they raised two daughters. After College, Lee’s first teaching job was in the State of Nebraska … in the city of Trumbull. There he taught Industrial Education, History and Coached as well. Loralee was also a School Teacher and they both made their way to Boise Idaho to teach in the Idaho School system. During this time Lee was asked to supervise the Industrial Arts Program for the State of Idaho. He was elected President of the American Industrial Arts Association, and then was recruited by Colorado State University.

Dr. Lee Carter led the Technology Education Program for Colorado State University from 1981 until this retirement in 1996. After his retirement he started the Rocky Mountain School of Woodturning and started many lucky individuals on their woodturning journey. For the last 43 years Lee and Loralee have lived outside beautiful Laporte, Colorado. They have enjoyed the comfort of their home, friends, Lee’s workshop, motorcycle and Loralee’s horses.

Future - Live demo at Woodcraft, We will meet in person and also attempt to use Zoom for an Interactive Remote Demonstration for anyone who cannot join in person.

John Giem - Inlayed Coasters

John Giem has been doing woodworking for as long as he can remember. After retiring from Agilent Technologies in 2003, he started looking around at what was available. He found some woodturning classes at Sears Trostel in Fort Collins that were being taught by Cindy Drozda. While taking three of her classes, he learned about Rocky Mountain Woodturners. At that time, they were meeting in a classroom at CSU. He joined RMWT about the time that they started meeting at the recently opened Woodcraft in Loveland. John got hooked on woodturning. Trent Bosch recruited John into joining the Board for the RMWT. He has served several terms a secretary, newsletter editor and as vice president. He also worked with the Symposium several years handling the registrations and other activities. Since he had been having difficulty in finding good wood for woodturning, working with the BOD, the RMWT Wood Bank was established and was/is hosted by John at his home in southwest Fort Collins. Over time, he has experimented with many different types of woodturning from spindle turning, bowls, boxes, hollow forms and others. During John’s engineering work he had worked with various vacuum systems. He was intrigued with the concept of vacuum chucking with woodturning. After building his first vacuum system, he realized that vacuum systems were poorly understood and underutilized by woodturners. This resulted in his developing many techniques where the vacuum systems can be improved and expanded into new areas of woodturning. He has published several articles in the American Woodturner using vacuum systems and other techniques.

The techniques for coaster offset inlays resulted from his experimenting with the many possibilities provided by vacuum chucking systems. Each inlayed coaster is 4 ½ inches in diameter and ½ inch thick. I use vacuum chucking techniques for efficiency but they can also be turned using a mandrel and double sided tape. This demo has been refined to make it more reasonable and easier for the average turner. I will demonstrate both vacuum techniques and non-vacuum methods.