Do you have mini lathe and find it a challenge to create interesting or attractive pieces that sell? Then you should find this session very interesting even if you have a larger lathe. WGNC member and former president Norm Cloutier will demonstrate his take on the bird's mouth bowl and share ideas and methods for many other small projects at the June 13 meeting in the NCSU Crafts Center.


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The April 11, 2019 meeting of the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina will offer two opportunities for hands-on participation from our membership.

The meeting will open at 6:45 pm with our annual "Tip, Tricks and Jigs" presentation. Do you have or do something unique that you want to share with others? Maybe it is a special tool or tip that makes things a bit easier, or a technique for handling wood. Members are encouraged to present anything that relates to turning that may help others to be better turners.

Not something you can bring to the meeting? No problem; just email a photo or two to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -- by April 10 -- and we will project it on the screen. Please limit your presentation to three items and under five minutes.

Then after a short break, and in response to membership requests for a more in-depth gallery discussion, we will commence with "Show and Tell your Challenge".

WGNC is pleased to present Marc Banka as the featured demonstrator at the April 12, 2018 meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. The description of the presentation, as described by Marc, is below.

“I've been working with variations on the simple Ogee Platter, plate or bowl. An Ogee outside and an interior space having a rim with a convex curve, a center area with a concave shape (of course), and a simple element delineating the two sections.

We are all used to turning large blocks of wood, and even segmented turning, but this month we will learn to work with laminated turning blanks. Frank Penta will demonstrate how to design build and turn wood laminates at the July 12 meeting.

The meeting begins at our new start time of 6:45 pm at the NCSU CraftsCenter woodshop. Please bring no more than two pieces to be photographed and included in our instant gallery at the break, and members are also welcome to borrow items from the library and take part in our wood+ raffle at the end of the meeting.

Join us Thursday, Feb. 8 to explore the art of the finial with expert turner Alan Leland.

"The focus of the demonstration is to help take the mystery out of turning elegant finials and spindles," Alan explained. "I will discuss some basic design concepts and how I develop my elegant finials."

The 7pm meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center will include the usual demonstration time, gallery critique and raffle. Members, guests and newcomers are all welcome to attend.