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.

2015 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)

2015 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 2015 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 2015 EOG grant applications is January 15, 2015.

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 5, 2015

Tom Wirsing – Everyone Can Turn a Perfect Bowl

Tom Wirsing was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, an historic center of American woodturning.

Tom began turning wood as a young boy. After graduating from Roanoke College with a degree in Physics, Tom began traveling extensively. He lived in Europe, Asia, and 9 US States. The lathe in his dad’s workshop became distant memory.

About 20 years ago Tom found himself working for the Hewlett-Packard Company in Chicago, and living in a house with a spacious basement. He bought a lathe, and began turning wood again. At first he made mostly furniture, but almost by chance, he attended a demonstration by Richard Raffan, a very well-known Australian woodturner, who specializes in turning beautiful wooden bowls. Richard took a rough piece of American black cherry timber and turned it into a wonderful bowl. Tom was hooked.

Thus began Tom’s interest in creating art pieces on the lathe. He now turns primarily bowls and platters from a variety of woods. His favorite is figured maple.

Tom is a member of the American Association of Woodturners. Tom has served as two-term president of the Denver chapter of the AAW, and has served two terms as president of the AAW.

Tom resides with his wife Melinda on a small ranch in north Boulder County, Colorado where he grazes Angus cattle and turns wood in his studio overlooking the Colorado Front Range.

Everyone Can Turn a Perfect Bowl

The purpose of this demonstration is twofold:
1. To demonstrate techniques for turning a “perfect bowl” using a combination of gouges and scrapers.
2. To focus especially on easily-mastered techniques for the use of negative-rake scrapers to fine-tune shapes and curves and eliminating all irregularities and tear-out, even on difficult, highly-figured hardwoods.

March 19, 2015

Pen Turners Meeting

April 9, 2015

Monthly Meeting

April 23, 2015

Pen Turners Meeting

May 6, 2015

Guilio Marcolongo - Full day class at Rockler

May 7, 2015

Guilio Marcolongo

I started turning wood in 1995.   My woodturning journey started after I did a 2 day workshop with Vic Wood.  On Vic’s recommendation I went to New Zealand to the Ottematta Experience which was held on the South Island of New Zealand.  My mate Bruce Talbot and I came back to Australia and started a similar event as the Ottematta Experience which we named the Down Under Turn Around.  To this day there are five such events in Australia.  Turnfest, the Australian Symposium, was originally run under the same idea.  At the Ottematta Experience I met and became friends with Dale Nish .He invited me to visited him and go to the Utah Woodturning Symposium.  I stayed with Dale the following year and was his guest at the Symposium.  Dale invited me to be a demonstrator at the following year’s symposium.  The rest is history.

I have been invited to the Utah Woodturning Symposium many times.  I was a demonstrator at the 2005 AAW Symposium in Florida.  I have demonstrated and taught in New Zealand many times, as well as in England and Ireland, and many times at Turnfest in Australia.  I can turn my hand to most forms of woodturning. 

May 21, 2015

Pen Turners Meeting

June 4, 2015

Neil Turner

Neil Turner now resides on a 10 acre wooded block at Stratham 11 kilometers south of Bunbury. The years spent on his wheat and sheep farm 180 km east of Perth in Western Australia provided the opportunity to use timber normally overlooked and neglected by other woodworkers. His early years were spent juggling work and family with occasional woodturning. He has been turning and sculpting timber for over 34 years, attending workshops whenever possible to improve his technique and sharpen his focus and skills. In 2011 Neil attained a Diploma of Fine Furniture from the Australian School of Wood in Dwellingup. He will incorporate his many skills to make art furniture.

Artist's Statement

My rural environment greatly influenced me, as I was able to observe the wind, fire and water impact the land. My intention is to incorporate these aspects into work that has a free, expressive and organic appearance while using carving and turning techniques to achieve a purity of form.

Timber is a living breathing organism that captures my imagination. The opportunity to express thoughts and ideas in a tangible creation that continues to react within its environment. To design and create in timber presents many challenges both in structure and integrity but the pleasure I derive from my work is simple, a joy and passion to create pieces of work that I like.

June 18, 2015

Pen Turners Meeting