What is it: A gathering of people interested in woodturning, to learn or share knowledge, tips and tricks, try out some tools, gadgets and equipment, and enjoy some good food. Everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday, November 30, 2013, starting at 10:00 am and going until the last person leaves the barn.

Where:  My barn, 130 Fordway Extension, Derry NH 03038

Why:  This is in part, my "Thank You" for all the help that Dave and I received from the woodturning community when we needed a lot of bodies at certain points in the building and construction phase of my barn - raising the bents, or timber frame walls, raising the roof trusses, and putting the roof on the barn.

This is also my way of 'Paying it Forward' to help out people who may be just starting out. I had the benefit of so many willing mentors in my early years, when I didn't know which end of the tool to hold.

What to Expect:  Previous years the Open Turning was loose and unstructured.  This year will have a theme:  Hollow Form Turning.  I will have a Monster Hollowing Rig set up on the Oneway, and Jerry Sambrook, AAW Demonstrator and a regular in the Monster Booth at Symposiums, will have one set up on a mini-lathe. Jerry had one here last year, and I was so impressed that I ordered one for my Oneway.  If you're never done a hollow form and would like to see how they're made -- more important -- actually use one of the Monster Hollowing rigs to turn and hollow, and see how smoothly and simply hollow form turning can be with the right tools and proper instruction, then you don't want to miss this.

I'm told that Jerry will have at least 2 Monster rigs for a mini lathe, and one for  full-size lathe for sale.  These are usually a custom order purchase; you order and wait 4-6 weeks for Monster to make it.  But on this day, if you love it (and I think you will), you could take one home with you.

Johannes Michelsen (The Original Range Rider Cowboy Hat) will be here, with his latest tools and equipment, including his Vector jig and the new CBN wheels.  I have one of his CBN wheels on one of my grinders, and you can test the difference yourself. If you've been looking at his tools with the 'unique bevel grind' that he uses, try one of his gouges out, and judge for yourself the difference it makes in turning.  My Delta Midi-lathe will be set up for bowl turning for you to try them out.

If you've been thinking about ordering anything that Hannes carries, contact him, and he'll make sure your order is here.  Save the shipping and sales tax!  Here's his website and contact information: and

I know that this falls on the same date as the Granite State Woodturner's meeting.  Make that meeting in the morning, and come by my barn in the afternoon.

No need to 'pre-register';  come for an hour, or come for the day.  Just show up!

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