6:00 PM ET, the 4th Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted.
Forrest Building, 436 Broad St., Rome, GA 30161
Take the outside stairs to the left of Hardy Realty on Broad, to the basement entrance.
NWGAWOODTURNER meetings are informal with guest demonstrators, Show & Tell items brought by members, and quite a bit of learning, sharing of ideas and techniques and networking with members. Members also bring items such as woodturning blanks, spare tools, books, etc., for a raffle held at the end of each meeting as a fundraiser for the club. Visitors are always welcome, so come and join us.
March meeting cancelled.
April 23, 2020 – Cancelled
May 28, 2020 – TBA
June 25, 2020 – TBA
July 23, 2020 – TBA
August 27, 2020 – TBA
Our members bring their creations, and sometimes experiments, to the monthly meetings to share techniques, styles, finishes and failures. Check out the latest Show-N-Tell here.
- Visitors are always welcome at all NWGAWOODTURNER meetings.
- Yearly dues are $35
- Members are encouraged to also become members of the American Association of Woodturners at WoodTurner.org
June 25, 2020
Demonstrator: Mike Peace
Mike Peace enjoys every aspect of woodturning, including demonstrating and teaching. He has demonstrated at the American Association of Woodturners symposium in Atlanta 2016 and Portland 2018, as well as regional symposia and for many clubs in the Southeast. He has also taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Mike has published articles in American Woodturner, More Woodturning, Woodturning Design, and Woodturning FUNdamentals. He uploads a woodturning video weekly to his YouTube channel Mike Peace Woodturning.
Mike lives in Suwanee, GA with his wife Barbara. Before retirement, Mike worked at ADP as a payroll software project manager. After serving on active duty in the US Army, Mike stayed active as a reservist retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
More information on his woodturning can be found at his website http://mikepeacewoodturning.com/
February 27, 2020
Peggy Schmid was here to demonstrate her unique turned works which include clay as part of the design.
January 23, 2020 – The annual business meeting was held. By unanimous approval, the unopposed candidate for vice president, Greg Hall, was elected for 2020. Gary’s main duties as vice president will be to arrange the demonstrators for this year. Former co-president, Barry Gable moves into the president slot. All other officers remain the same.
After the business meeting, one member took advantage of the Free Turn time to get some advice from a few of the other members while improving her techniques on the lathe.
A test was also performed by the AV committee to link up with our March demonstrator, Mike Peace, who will join us remotely from his own workshop in Suwanee, GA. Mike will demonstrate making boxes, live over the internet, where he will be able to converse with our members to answer questions as well as give us different views of his work on the lathe. It will be a unique opportunity and we hope you will join us for Mike’s remote demonstration.
October 24, 2019 – It was announced that our November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 14th due to Thanksgiving falling on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Saturday, November 9th –
Several club members will be offering a 3 hour pen turning class. The class is open to anyone in the club or community who would like to attend. Space is limited, so please email Tom Canada to reserve a spot. The class will begin at 9:30 AM in our meeting space in the basement of the Forest Building, downtown Rome.
Our January 23, 2020 meeting is our annual business meeting. Afterwards, members will be encouraged to take part in a “You Turn It” session where you can turn whatever you like on the club’s equipment. Other members will be available to offer advice and help teach techniques to improve your turning skills.
Charlie Self, past club co-president, was our demonstrator for the evening. Charlie has been working with one of the Atlanta woodturning clubs in teaching woodturning to vision impaired people. He said that he is often amazed at the work turned by this group of people who use touch rather than sight in turning wood.
Charlie demonstrated his technique for “chasing threads” on a lidded box. He used a special jig, similar to ones made by Baxter or Klein, to hold the turned box and advance it into the threading tool mounted in the headstock of the lathe. According to Charlie, the more dense woods make better threads. The less dense the wood, the more chips may appear in the threads and the results will be problematic when trying to screw the two pieces together.
September 26, 2019 – New changes were announced for the club’s officers, specifically the president. We will be electing a vice president at an upcoming meeting. The vice president will serve a one year term after which he will become president. This will allow the incoming president to become acclimated to the position and be more effective for the club.
Steve Ogle made his second visit to our club as a demonstrator. This time, he showed how he makes wooden Christmas ornaments. Each one of his ornaments features a long finial.
Steve showed us how he first turns the body of the ornament out of one piece of wood, then turns the cap and finial out of another piece.
To begin the project, he mounts the blank for the body of the ornament on a scrap piece that can be mounted in the lathe chuck. He starts by shaping the body into a teardrop style. Then he drills a core completely through the piece and continues by using a carbide scraper that can widen out the interior of the body to reduce the weight.
After completing the body, he parts it off of the scrap piece and carefully measures the openings on each end with a caliper. This measurement will be used to adjust the mounting end of both the ornament’s top and finial.
He mounts the longer piece of wood in the lathe jaws and turns the cap. After parting it off, the piece is adjusted in the chuck to expose more of the wood. Steve has a general idea of how the final should look but relies on the wood to tell him what shape it wants to be. As shown in the photos, he takes great care to create the finest details as the taper of the finial gets smaller.
We really appreciate Steve’s talent and willingness to share his techniques with us at our September meeting.
Reported by Jack Kerwood
Our October Demonstrator will be our own Charlie Self making lidded boxes.
July 25, 2019 – “Terrific” Tom Canada was our demonstrator. Tom did his usual fine Demo, turning a top and and a natural edge bowl. As usual with Tom he added some of his unique solutions to “Wood turning problems.” Not knowing what season of the year the wood was cut, and if the sap was up or down, he treated the edge of the bowl with thin CA cement ( thin because it penetrates the deepest) and then cured it with accelerator to help keep the remaining bark in place.
Tom described how he added a second emergency stop switch, in series with the first one, on the tailstock end the lathe in his workshop. This allows a quick shutdown, in case of a dangerous unbalance problem, no matter where the turner is standing when the problem occurs. Tom received a good round of applause from the members and guests at the end of his demo.
We also had several pieces on our ” Show and Tell” display.
24 club members and guests were in attendance.
Reported by Jack Kerwood
July 25, 2019 – The Northwest Georgia Woodturners club is accepting donations of turned wooden boxes for Beads of Courage. The Beads of Courage organization collects the boxes to distribute to children who are hospitalized due to serious illnesses. The children receive a bead for each step in their treatment. The children keep all their beads in a donated box. Specifications for the boxes can be found at their website BeadsofCourage.org. Bring your boxes to donate to the next club meeting. Contact Barry Gable, email@example.com, for information on how to pickup the Beads of Courage logo-bead to include in your box design.
JULY 11, 2019 – In the month of July, several members volunteered to demonstrate woodturning to day campers with the Rome-Floyd Recreation Department, at the Senior Center at Etowah Park. After the demonstration, each camper received a spinning top and participated in a top spinning competition.
Don’t throw away those pieces of scrap wood! Use them to turn several tops to be given to the campers next summer.