Lynda Zibbideo—101 Things to Do with Pen Blanks

Many of us started by turning pens.  Thought it was fun, easy & you could make money.  But one pen blank led to another and another.  And before you knew it, you had over 100 blanks and you were no longer making pens like you used to.  I will try to show you how to reduce the mountain of blanks in your collection.

Keith Tompkins—Drunken Bottle Stoppers


This demo involves turning on multiple axis points and end-grain hollowing, as well as some basic spindle techniques. The stoppers appear to be turned from several pieces of wood, but are just one piece.I will use a wood burner and color to create a simulated cord. I will also discuss some design ideas; for example, even the  lowly bottle stopper can become a signature piece.

Claude Dupuis—Segmented Construction, Lecture & Demonstration

Claude will start out with a short show and tell using a combination of physical pieces and pictures of past projects. He will then discuss designs 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 a ring of segments, sand them 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.

Binh Pho—Embellishment with Airbrushing, Piercing & Texturing


Are you unfamiliar with airbrush? Thinking that airbrush is for artist on canvas…you need to come to see this demo, it’s easier than you think, I will go through the airbrush 101 from tool selection to how to spray acrylic paint  and dye on wood and curve surface.

Confusing about what kind of tool can cut the intricate lacey like pattern, I will demonstrate the piercing technique that I use the ultra speed dental drill to cut 1/16” thickness wood like butter. Using same tool to texture the surface.

Jon Siegel—Spindle Turning Basics


Starting with fundamental concepts of cutting and scraping across the grain, Jon will explain how to apply the chisel to execute a shear cut and obtain the best possible finish that requires little or no sanding.

Jon will list the five chisels required for basic spindle turning; describe their geometry; and demonstrate how to maintain a sharp edge.  After an explanation of lathe centers and mounting the work, he will discuss the basic exercises and demonstrate the most efficient way to practice.  Jon will explain each exercise in detail, including:  hand position, chisel position, and movement of the body during the cut.  Finally he will demonstrate how the basic shapes covered by the exercises are combined into well-designed spindle turnings.

Michael Foster—Multi-Axis Sculptural Turnings


I will show my methods for designing sculptural turned work, and how I take the piece to completion. Included in the presentation will be the layout of a design, planning the turning process, chucking methods, overcoming problems and what is involved in taking the work from the lathe to the finished piece.  Since most of the work I do is unique, this process is always changing and adapting to the work at hand.  The presentation will show how I got to the finish line with one form, but I hope it will spark your imagination on how you might be able to accomplish some more unusual sculptural work on the lathe.

Funny thing is that I was just thinking about emailing you to see what direction you wanted me to go so I could start planning a presentation.  I'm sure that you will get to details of what I would need later.  Just as a heads up, it would be very nice to have a way to display a slideshow from my computer (Mac).  Other than that, the only thing I would need is a lathe with a 1 1/4" x 8 spindle, or an adapter for a lathe that does not have one.  I think I will turn a more balanced, and smaller form, so size should not be a major consideration.

Beth Ireland—Making Stringed Instruments from Found Objects on the Lathe


The lathe is the perfect tool to make stringed instruments. The Neck, body and tuning pegs can all be produced on the lathe. This rotation will show you how to glue up stock and offset turn necks for stringed instruments. Learn how to add Turned necks to cigar boxes and other found objects to create playable instruments.  No knowledge of music required.