Welcome to Rocky Mountain Woodturners

We meet the Thursday after the first Tuesday of every month, 6:15 pm.

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

2018 Membership dues are $40, family $55 and student $25. Dues may be given to or mailed to Vice President, Pam Felton (921 Shoshoni, Cheyenne, WY 82009). 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.


RMWT Beyond the Bark, November 1st to 11th, 2017

Breaking news! The Rocky Mountain Woodturners will have a group show, Beyond the Bark, at the Community Creative Center (formerly the Carnegie Building, around the corner from the library) at 200 Mathews Street in Fort Collins from November 1st to 4th and 8th through 11th. The show will not be juried, so everyone will have equal opportunity to enter and exhibit, and we hope that all members will display at least one piece. There will be an area for pens and other small items. These dates include the First Friday Art Walk, which always brings a large audience to an exhibit. The gallery will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 PM each of these two weeks, with the First Friday Art Walk reception from 6 PM until 9 PM on Friday, November 3rd. Members may exhibit up to five pieces of their best work. We will have the gallery space we've had in the previous exhibits and Larry Tucci, painter, will have the entire rest of the gallery.

More information can be found by downloading and printing this information sheet. Beyond the Bark Information Sheet (click on this for a printable pdf file).

Please bring your turned pieces to Woodcraft, site of our meetings, between now and Sunday, October 29th.

Each piece, except for small items such as pens, must be in an individual box and the box must be marked with artist's name and the name of the piece. Each artist must fill out one of the Artist Information and Release Form and include with your piece, one form for all of your pieces, and include the sale price for each piece, if it is for sale. Community Creative Center Artist Information and Release Form (click on this for a printable pdf file).

Each turner is encouraged to select a two-hour time slot when you will be available in the gallery to meet and greet visitors and tell them about woodturning. This is not a scary thing to do--most turners have found that gallery visitors are eager to know what woodturning is and a little about how we do it, and it is fun. The sign-up grid will be sent in a separate message.

Let's continue to show Northern Colorado what woodturning is


2018 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 2018 completed applications to EOG Chairman Clarence Sitzman, seesitzman@aol.com. If you have questions regarding RMWT EOG grants, please contact Clarence or anyone else on the EOG committee or RMWT Board.


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


November 9, 2017 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Allen Jensen - Turning Bowls - from log to table

I am a third generation woodworker, and even though both my Father And Grandfather’s turned spindles and a few bowls I had no idea The world of opportunity that lie ahead. In High school I was Introduced to a spectrum of materials, shapes, tools and ideas that I Still explore today. I have now been turning part-time since 1995 While working with my Father in our business building homes and Custom woodwork. I am surrounded with wood.

My current work explores the resources found in our Urban Forests. I use the trees that were removed from city property and private Yards to create decorative, yet functional salad bowls and my Hollow vessels. I feel really good about being able to save these Trees from the landfill and create beautiful works of art for people To enjoy and treasure. My attempt in every turning is to showcase The natural beauty of the wood by including bark pockets, worm holes And sometimes even rotten spots as they are all part of the tree. Many of my vessels have voids in the wood that create windows allowing You to see into the piece.

Creating with wood is magical. Every log I Find is waiting for me to release its hidden Beauty! I hope you enjoy the tactile shapes And textures of My bowls and vessels

Turning Bowls - from log to table

I will show you the process I use to convert locally harvested urban timbers into beautiful salad bowls. Using the wood the right way will ensure the bowl will dry correctly and withstand daily use. I will cover the process from selecting and harvesting the wood, rough turning the blank, Drying, remounting and returning the dry bowl, Sanding, reverse chucking methods, and food safe finishing techniques. Along the way I will cover efficient use of the bowl gouge to remove material quickly, and then cover techniques for clean cutting to reduce sanding. This is a fast paced but in depth demo for anyone interested in turning bowls.