WGNC member Steve Criscenzo will demonstrate his methods and technique for making multi-axis pepper mills at the May 11 meeting of the guild.

The 7pm meeting will again be at the NC State Crafts Center in Raleigh, and include a member raffle, instant gallery and critique. Members are invited to bring up to 3 pieces to be photographed and critiqued in the gallery.

Turning pepper mills can be a fun way to hone your spindle turning skills. They also offer endless design opportunities, make great gifts, and are popular items at craft fairs. The classic design of pepper mills often is composed of a series of coves and beads.

"This design can produce a pleasing shape but it can often hide the true character of the wood and may not fit well into contemporary kitchen designs," Steve writes. "My desire for a sleek, simple design that could highlight figured wood lead me to experiment with multi-axis turning."

Inspired by the work of Barbara Dill, Steve turns mills on three different axis. This results in a contemporary look that transitions from round to oval and offers a pallet to showcase figured wood or custom finishing or texturing. With a bit of practice you can easily produce mills of similar shape and size that can then be paired for use for both salt and pepper (a strong selling point).

This demonstration will show the process from design to finishing for these pepper mills including design considerations, selection of a mechanism, accurate drilling for the mechanism, multi-axis turning, final assembly and finishing.

WGNC member and inventor Jim Duxbury will be our demonstrator at the April 13 meeting of the guild, sharing the secrets behind his latest creation called "Illusions."

Jim is the kind of guy who thinks "out of the box." His turnings are unique and he seldom turns the same thing twice. With the help of his pet parrotlet, “Bean” creativity abounds - all sorts of fine turnings are made from small bottle stoppers to bowls, bud vases, trays, furniture, kaleidoscopes, turned wooden hats, pens, and even a working Foucault Pendulum. Jim’s kaleidoscopes are a signature item, custom designed and the recipient of numerous blue ribbons. Although Jim quit working in 1996 and has claimed to be retired, he has since obtained two U. S. Patents.

New WGNC President Chris Boerner is excited to demonstrate Turning and Finishing Techniques for our January club meeting, which is a subject near and dear to his heart.

Chris will share the knowledge and skills that he garnered over the past 28 years while working with a wide variety of woods, tools and turning methods.  As he teaches, he will also enlighten us on tips to help improve our turning as well as share interesting personal stories.

On Feb. 9, British artist Nick Agar will demonstrate his famous Viking Sunset bowl at the NC State Crafts Center for the Woodturners Guild.

The meeting will begin at 6 pm in the center's woodshop and will be open to the public. No fee will be charged, but donations gladly accepted for this special presentation.

Long-time WGNC member and current treasurer Bob Reuss will demonstrate how to turn a unique footed vessel at the Nov. 10 meeting, using a technique he learned from Liam Flynn at the June AAW symposium.

The log-cutting technique helps to achieve an interesting range of grain contrast effects.

The demonstration will include a visual presentation on preparing the turning blank and commentary on the many design possibilities with this form. This technique was demonstrated by the UK artist during the 2016 AAW National Symposium in Atlanta.

The demo will begin at the usual 7 pm meeting time at the NC State Crafts Center, and members and guests are all welcome. At about 8 pm there will be a short break followed by an instant-gallery where members can have up to 3 of their pieces critiqued and photographed, and the usual raffle will be held at the close of the meeting at about 9pm.