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.
Claude Dupuis—I have heard Claude say; I've read somewhere that you have to turn a 1,000 bowls before you're any good. I'm not sure that's true he says, but if it is, I still have a ways to go. Claude says; It's not a destination so enjoying the journey.
Claude started turning in 2008 and has turned pens, bottle stoppers, pendants, cupcakes, spheres, bowls from green and dry wood. He has also turns segmented bowls and vessels. Claude also enjoys teaching woodturning at a local woodworking school.
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.
He won "Best Turned Piece" in the League of NH Craftsmen's "Living With Crafts Exhibit" at their Annual Sunapee Craft Fair four years in a row. All were for segmented constructed vessels.
Claude has written several Journal articles for the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 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.