WGNC member Robert Verne will talk about producing gallery-quality finishes on your projects at the September 11 meeting of the guild in the NC State Crafts Center.

As usual, the meeting and demo starts promptly at 7 pm with an instant-gallery critique at the break and the club raffle at the end of the session.

Bob has been a member of WGNC for many years and is currently serving as President.

He has studied at Arrowmont and the John C. Campbell School and attended six AAW Symposiums and all the NC Symposiums since 2002.

While we are all familiar with the natural edge bowl, there are a number of other creative ways to employ it as a feature. Bob will describe, demonstrate and display several alternative approaches.

Please join us Thursday June 12 at 7:00 pm for a demonstration on hand-chased threads by professional turners Alan Leland and Terry Brown.

Alan will be demonstrating how he uses a set of thread chasers to make a box with a threaded lid using an arm-held tool rest as an aid in chasing the female threads. "I will share some tricks that I learned from Allan Batty to make it easier to fit the lid properly. The focus will be on hand chasing threads not in how to make a box."

Alan has been working with wood since 1976 when he began working for This End Up Furniture Company. After 19 years making crate style furniture, he started his own woodworking business. At first his main focus was on making custom furniture and doing some woodturning for craft shows. Eventually his interest and enjoyment of woodturning took over as he began to do more architectural turning and his interest in turning for craft shows grew.

WGNC Vice President Chris Boerner will demonstrate “Turning a Square Bowl” at the July 10 meeting of the guild this Thursday at 7 pm in the NC State Craft Center.

Chris will go through the entire process of creating a finished square piece from scratch. He will begin his demonstration with an 8” x 8” x 3” square block of raw wood, and discuss and demonstrate the following:

  • Safety: Important Safety Reminders on wood, wood dust and lathe safety.
  • Design: Wood selection, including thoughts on design and orientation of the wood to achieve the best results. This includes ideas on achieving proper balance and wall thickness throughout the finished piece.
  • The regular monthly meeting of WGNC will be Thursday, May 8 at the NCSU Crafts Center in Raleigh at 7pm. Our demonstrator will be member Don Leydens, who as always will bring a bit of "personality" to the event...

    "Here is a fun and easy project to use up those 1-inch boards tucked away in the corners and on shelves in your shop," Don writes.

    "You can use highly figured or plain wood, or give your plate a lot of 'personality' by adding laminated accent strips like I'll describe in this demo. There are so many different ways to enhance these plates that they practically become a pallet for whatever type of embellishment you can come up with."

    Like many wood turners, Don fell in love with the lathe in high school shop class. It took many years and a bout with cancer to get him back into turning. Looking for something creative to do while undergoing chemo Don decided wood turning was just what he needed.