Donald Briere—Segmented Woodturning

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I truly enjoy crafting commissioned orders.  It's a wonderful feeling creating a unique piece that comes from the hearts and minds of clients.  My pieces are made from both domestic and exotic hardwoods along with semi-precious stones such as malachite, turquoise and many others.  I mainly create segmented woodturnings ranging from a few pieces to thousands of pieces and also enjoy using solid woods.


Alan Lacer—Skew Chisel—Wicked Tool, Wicked Good

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Alan will cover the shaping, tuning and rapidly putting a nasty sharp edge on the skew.  From there he will identify twelve different cuts with this versatile tool, demonstrating at least six of the cuts.  He may smuggle in the making of several small objects


Jerry Sambrook—Small Onion Shaped or Southwestern Hollow Forms

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I will attempt to do two different styles.  One will be an onion shaped form and the other will be a southwest shaped form.  I will show my method of making these. Please remember, this is how I do them, and that there are many more ways to accomplish this.  I will be using both traditional and carbide based tools.  Most of the outside work will be using traditional tools; most of the hollowing will be with Easy Wood hollowers.

My method is simple, and is based on applying thirds to most every aspect, as a starting point.  There are no special techniques, nor no special homemade tools.


Doug Thompson—Sharpening—Keeping Your Tools Sharp

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If you’re a Woodturner, you need to keep your tools sharp. I’ll show you how. Doug is the owner/fabricator of Thompson Wood Lathe Tools.


Alan Carter—Splitting the Difference—Split Bowl Vessels

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I show how to turn a shallow bowl that is then cut in half (or even quarters) and reassembled to make a new form. I show the process used to accurately and safely cut the bowl in half to make the new vessel. I also show how the tops are made for the vessels and how the vessels can be further enhanced with various texturing techniques. I discuss different methods of making bases for the vessels and top finial options.

Featured in the Oct. 2012 issue of Woodturning Magazine (UK)


JoHannes Michelsen—Mini Hats

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Starting with a four to five pound chuck of soaking wet fresh cut wood turning a hat shape to a final thickness of one thirty second inch using light and the translucence of the thin wood to progress quickly to avoid drying before completion. When completed the turning weighs less than an ounce, the still moist hat will then be placed in a bender for shaping and final drying so it will keep its shaped when finish is applied. Also included is the coloring of the band by burnishing with exotic woods.


Andre Martel—Endgrain Turning & Barky Lampshade

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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.

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