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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
May 5, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting
Derek Weidman – Drawing with the Lathe
BioI 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.
July 7, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting
Dave Landers - Telsa Bowls
I am a self-taught, hobbyist wood-turner and have been turning for around 30 years. A few years ago, I finally joined AAW and RMWT, and have learned a lot from the club. As a result, I have since been working on breaking all those years of self-taught bad habits. I have always enjoyed how woodturning allows me to intersect the imposed form of a turning with the apparent randomness of nature. Recently, I have been exploring various ways to enhance and accent my work by adding another dimension such as color, burning, materials, etc.
I make my "Tesla Bowls" using high-voltage electricity to burn Lichtenberg fractal patterns in the wood. In this demo, we will explore some of my design thoughts, surface preparation, finishing, and of course the process that I use to make these patterns. Safety with anything involving electricity is a concern, and high-voltage needs to be approached with an extra dose of caution. We will therefore spend a bit of time discussing some reasonable safety concerns and procedures for the process. There will be sparks and smoke - so it should be fun!
August 4, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting
Renowned woodturning artist Nick Agar's broad-scale, multi-textured wood sculptures, created at his riverside studio and gallery in Devon, have earned him a reputation for producing highly individual, beautifully crafted art.
Nick has inspired many woodturners with his work and has traveled across the world to demonstrate his skills
With more than 25 years experience He has a great understanding of his medium. Choosing burrs and intriguing or figured timber for the majority of his work, exposing natures treasures beneath the bark.
Inspired by organic forms, pottery, and his natural surroundings, he specialises in hollow forms, large diameter work, and surface enhancement. He is renowned for his wall sculptures in particular. His award-winning work often incorporates carving, weaving and metalwork.
In addition to exhibiting widely and appearing at international conferences both as a demonstrator and a judge, Nick is in constant demand for commissions from collectors, his wide range of clients including HRH Prince of Wales, Dukes, Duchesses and the Royal jewellers, Aspreys. He and his work have also featured on BBC and ITV lifestyle television programmes.
Nick is Patron of the Max Carey Woodturning Trust.
He has also been made Honorary member of several woodturning clubs.
Nick is a popular demonstrator/teacher on the Woodturning Cruise.
October 6, 2016 RMWT Monthly Meeting