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.

"Creating laminated turning blanks is simple, enjoyable, and satisfying," Frank explains. "It does not require specialized equipment, and turnings made from laminated wood are quite eye catching. I will demonstrate how to design laminated blanks for handles, small boxes, bowls, plates, and platters and then show how I turn a laminated blank."

Frank has been involved in woodworking for most of his life, and began to focus specifically on woodturning in 1996. His work is in many private collections and sold through local galleries. His platters were featured in the "American Woodturner" journal Spring 2005 issue, and he wrote "Turning and Detailing Platter Bases" appearing in the same issue.

He is past president of the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina and a founding member of the Chapel Hill Woodturners. He has been a demonstrator for a number of years at numerous woodturning clubs and has taught sessions at regional and national symposiums. Since 2004, he has been a regular woodturning instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School, teaching two to three classes each year. He has also been an instructor at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts and the Appalachian Center for Crafts.

Frank also co-authored a book entitled "Woodturning Tools, Techniques, and Projects." Frank will demonstrate how simple and enjoyable it is to create blanks. He will be going through making blanks for handles, small boxes, bowls, plates, and platters. He will then turn a laminated blank. We look forward to seeing you come out.

Here is a good tutorial Frank did on laminated plates.