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 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

December 7, 2017 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Christmas Party at Nordy's - Starts at 6 PM

January 4, 2018 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Michael Mroz - Lee Carter style Bird Houses and Class Summary

In May 2017 I took an Advance Woodturning class from Dr. Lee Carter at the Rocky Mountain School of Woodturning, in LaPorte, Colorado. I was able to take this course by receiving grant money from the Rocky Mountain Woodturners Club David Nittmann Educational Opportunity Grant Fund (EOG). This is a three day course where I learned to auction and fund raiser. We hope to see you there. make some nice projects while improving my turning skills. Day one involved making three stone pots from alabaster and talc and a stand from manzanita root. Day two he taught me how to make a birdhouse ornament. On day three I made a hollow form with a pewter inlay. For my demonstration I will review Dr. Carter’s Advance Woodturning Class and make a birdhouse ornament. There are many different ways these birdhouses can be made but I will concentrate on the method Dr. Carter taught me using stave construction.

February 8, 2018 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Glenn Lucas - Bowls

March 8, 2018 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Rick Orr - Threaded Elk Antler Box

Rick Orr is a member of AAW, a member of the RMWT (Rocky Mountain Woodturners), and past President of the FRW (Front Range Woodturners) based in Denver, CO. He is recognized for both his Rainsticks and his bamboo Fly Rod Tubes, demonstrating both of those items at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium. He has demonstrated for the RMWT (Loveland, CO), FRW (Denver, CO), Pueblo Woodturners (Pueblo, CO), and the Yellowstone Woodturners (Billings, MT). This will be Rick’s third visit as a demonstrator to the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium. Rick is a retired Montana State University Chemical Engineer, having worked most of his adult career for General Electric. Rick resides in the Denver, CO metro area. He can be contacted at rickorr.1848@yahoo.com. Rick’s bamboo Fly Rod Tubes are featured at www.fishtailflyrodtubes.com.

In this demo, Rick will turn a threaded box utilizing elk antler for the main body, with Corian pieces for the base and threaded lid. The threads will be made utilizing a “threading jig” and will NOT be hand chased. Rick will walk you through the use of the threading jig for both male and female threads. In this demo, the female threads will be made in the elk antler and the male threads in the Corian lid.

While this demo is geared towards the use of a mechanical threading jig, it will also implore the use of basic jam chucks plus threaded jam chucks.

A quick review will be made of elk antler as a turning media, the choice of antler pieces, where to get the antler, and it’s relative price. Rick will also cover the use of Corian as a turning media, it’s preparation, glue up, and acquisition. Finish techniques are simply sanding up to 12000 grit using Micro-Mesh products for all the pieces, with no other finish applied.

April 5, 2018 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Trent & Kailee Bosch - You will be amazed

May 3, 2018 RMWT Monthly Meeting

Jason Clark - Unconventional Hollowing – Turning the Torus

I’ve been heavily involved in Woodturning for just over a decade being primarily self taught in my modest 2 car garage in my spare time. I’ve spent the past 7 years in leadership positions with the Arizona Woodturners Association in Phoenix (Vice President 2009-2011, President 2012-2014, Vice President 1st half of 2015) and volunteered as the Local Liason, the primary point of contact at the local level, for the 2014 AAW Symposium in Phoenix. My work strives to feature and highlight the natural character of the wood, including natural defects and flaws. Wood often has such beautiful contrast between the dark heartwood and the lighter sapwood and I often orient the wood so that the work features this contrast. My finishes are basic oil finishes to enhance the natural figure and color of the wood without major alterations. The woods have been acquired primarily from various local sources including fellow woodturners and storm damaged trees from my neighborhood and the surrounding urban areas. I'm in the process of relocating to the Chicago area and I'm looking forward to exploring a whole new variety of local woods.

Attendees will see a short presentation of some of my work as well as a preview of the evening’s project. The demonstration will focus on the turning of a torus shaped hollow form including an unconventional approach to hollowing as well as methods for reverse chucking including a unique double walled vacuum drum.