Time: 9:00-10:15 am
Johannes Michelsen : Mini Hats
Johannes will turn two mini hats during this demo, one “Range Rider” style and one “Top Hat” each hat turned to 1/32” final thickness using light and the translucence of the wood to help in maintaining a uniform wall thickness thru out. To finish the top of the hat joHannes will use a chuck with wood jaws and a light inside the hat suspended in the head stock to illuminate the hats as they spin for the removal of the spigot and finish the top of the hat to same thickness as the rest of the hat using only light to gauge the thickness. joHannes will also explain the bending process while outs both hats in benders.
I started turning wood at age nine; my father bought a lathe for my brother and I when he bought a shop full of machine for our impending renovation of a barn and made the statement “there you can play on this for awhile so you can keep your finger a little bit longer. Meaning; stay away from the other machines!
Bro and I had a great time turning gifty items for our family members for a number of years but that fell by the wayside when we became old enough to drive and got cars.
I picked up turning again at age 30 so I could turn the balusters and newels for the stairs I was building. Soon after I learned of the crafts world existence and I moved into natural edge bowls, once I discovered that someone was already doing that I decided I needed my own “thing”! I went into the production of large constructed Vases some of which had natural edged neck parts. These were great fun to make and they fit well with my architectural scale tendencies being the builder/stair builder that I had become. Problem was that my “thing” was too big; most collectors had neither the space nor the pocketbook for these vases.
I turned my first hat in 1990; it was a ten year old idea at that time but needed to come out and when it did it sure grabbed hold real quick—an instant hit!!! After twenty one years and 5000 hats of all sizes I am still totally enthralled by the process and will probable always make hats simply because there are hats that only I can make. I’ve given away the store on the basic hat making process but there are the nuances of shape and special materials that I find hard to “share” even with my good abilities as teacher. So I will make only the hats that my followers don’t make!
I have gone back to some vessels and am focusing on forms that I don’t see out there, mainly one piece turning of wet wood thin as hats—my own thing!
Meanwhile I am happy and proud to be the leader of the “WoodHat Movement”
Al Stirt: Turned & Carved Square Platter
I’ll demonstrate how I turn a square platter and then how I lay out and carve and color it with a pattern that is both controlled and random. I’ll be using a rotary carver with carbide bits do to the carving.
Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian, the White House, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has demonstrated and taught about woodturning & design in England, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997 the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning.
In additional to his functional bowls and platters, for the last 20 years he has been making ceremonial objects to try to address emotional & spiritual needs.
Andre Martel : Endgrain Turning & Barky Lampshade
Andre will demonstrate his technique for roughing out with a side-ground bowl gouge. Then the large blank of green wood will be hollowed, comparing the use of several different tools: the side-ground bowl gouge (upper cut), a ring tool or standard hook tool and the Martel Hook Tool. Lastly, Andre will refine the shape to the final translucence ( ±1/8”) from the outside, with a skew bowl gouge.
André Martel was born in 1954 in Québec Canada and has 32 years of professional woodturning. His work is mostly functional (wine goblets, kitchen mortars, waterproof vases, lampshades, wash bassins and glass blower molds), but also decorative and sculptural, sometimes with bronze and cast glass integration. He has taught woodturning at all levels (mostly end grain turning), in about 20 countries (Europe, North and Central America). He is the owner of one of the very rare patent on a woodturning tool, the Martel Hook Tool.
Claude Dupuis : Segment Turning from Design through Construction
Claude will start with some design basics from conception to full scale detailed drawings. Also covered will be the math fundamentals for getting started and some of the terminology used in segmented construction. Claude will briefly discuss wood selection and grain orientation. He will outline the basic tools needed with examples of what works for him. He will cut, sand to precise size using specialized jigs, and then fit a ring of segments ready for glue-up. He will glue up a segmented ring, true it on the lathe and glue it to the bowl construction.
“I’ve read somewhere that you have to turn a 1,000 bowls to before you’re any good. I’m not sure that’s true but if it is, I still have a ways to go. It’s not a destination and I plan on enjoying the journey.”
Claude has been turning for approximately 5 years and have turned pens, bottle stoppers, pendants, cupcakes, spheres, bowls from green and dry wood. He has also turned segmented bowls and vessels.
One of his segmented bowls titled “striped Leopard” was selected at a Granite State Wood Turners jury competition to represent the club at the 2011, “Turning 25″ AAW symposium in St. Paul Minn. Claude admitted it was an honor and privilege.
Claude has written several Journal articles for the Guild and was featured on the cover of the Winter 2011 – Vol 3 No 2 issue.
Claude is a member of the Guild of NH Woodworkers, the Granite State Wood Turners, the AAW and a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.
Michael Kehs : Carving for Turners
(Asymmetrical Inside-out Turning—Surface embellishments)
Michael will show that using the right shape of turning to best show off the subject of your carving is the first place to start. Making templates to aid in drawing your patterns is an important aspect of Mike’s method. He is going to show how to lay out your pattern with an eye for detail and design. The correct process of executing the carving, i.e. (where to start and what to consider as you progress in your carving) is expressed.
Michael, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has exhibited in several US shows, including Challenge V: International Lathe Turned Objects Show, the National Speleological Society’s Fine Art Salon and has a piece in the permanent collection of the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. He turned an ornament for the Clinton White House during the Year of the Craft. Michael has won awards in many art shows and craft shows locally and nationally, including several Best of Show awards. He has also judged many wood carving shows and has written for the American Woodturner, the journal of the American Association of Woodturners. Active in both local and national turning and carving clubs, he also demonstrates and teaches both woodcarving and woodturning in his studio. Michael has been turning and carving since 1980, and is mostly self-taught.
Keith Tompkins : Ten Essential Cuts
Have you ever marveled at the turned work being produced today, and dreamed of someday producing work that exhibited that level of skill or expertise? The good news is you can; and in a shorter period of time than you may have thought possible. In this informative demonstration, Keith Tompkins will introduce the program he has titled “Ten Essential Cuts”. Using just three basic tools; the spindle gouge, the skew chisel, and the bowl gouge, Keith will demonstrate proper sharpening techniques for each tool, and the fundamental cuts each tool is capable of making. This demonstration is designed to help new and intermediate-level turners develop a sound foundation of turning skills; thus avoiding years of needless trial-and-error frustration. Still not convinced? Keith promises: “Master these ten essential cuts…and there won’t be anything you cannot turn!”
Keith is known as one of woodturning’s most creative artists, combining a background in furniture design and wood carving with a passion for turning, and integrating them seamlessly into his signature work. Keith’s award-winning work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions, and has been featured in many books and other publications. Keith is a frequent demonstrator at the AAW National Symposium, and has authored several articles on woodturning.
Alan Carter : Splitting the Difference
This is for all you slackers out there. Sometimes half measures work just as well as fully rounded efforts. I’ll show you how to cut your work in 2 and double your creativity.
Split bowl turnings are an interesting and creative alternative to regular bowl turning. By cutting a traditional turning in two and joining the 2 halves together, you can create a unique distinctive work that will stand apart.
Alan has been turning professionally for about 3 years, following a career as a contemporary furniture designer and an artist painting the urban landscape. He brings the knowledge learned from those diverse mediums to his turned sculptural pieces. His award winning work is in several galleries nationwide and he conducts demos and workshops throughout the country.