WGNC members brought out their best tips, jigs and tricks for the Jan. 10 meeting at the NC State Crafts Center. In case you missed it, we have the whole event recorded on video.

WGNC hosted our annual Christmas party on Thursday, December 13th. The event featured great food and socializing, a comprehensive year in review presentation by our President, Glen Theiss, and a member gift-exchange raffle.

WGNC was also formally introduced to Evan Lightner who will be aiding George Thomas in running the woodshop. WGNC hopes all members can attend this event in 2013.

Professional turner and long-time WGNC member Alan Leland will be the demonstrator at the November 8 meeting of the Woodturners Guild of NC.

Alan, who has served the club as vice president for several years, will show how he turns Christmas ornaments at the meeting, which as usual begins at 7 pm in the the NC State Craft Center.

"One of the things that I love most about my work is that I am continually learning and achieving new levels of skill and design," says Alan.

"There is so much to explore and create in woodworking and woodturning that I feel I will always be learning and most of all, advancing my work and techniques. My website is meant to share what I have learned, show my work, and share information about the woodturning classes I teach.

Please join WGNC on Thursday, January 10th, at 7pm at the NC State Craft Center for the first club meeting of 2013.

The inaugural version of this demo in March 2011 proved to be very popular and WGNC is excited to revisit the informal format (You can watch the 2011 video here). Members and guests are encouraged to bring in their best Tips/Jigs/Tricks or anything that makes life in the workshop a bit easier.

Upon everyone having a chance to provide a short explanation (or demonstration) of what they brought in, all in attendance will vote for their favorites in various categories. WGNC hopes to see you at this fun, educational event.

On Nov. 10 WGNC's Mike Smith will demonstrate how he prepares blanks beginning with a log, including sawmill operation through grain orientation, final preparation and sealing.

This free breakout session will be held at his shop in Bailey, NC, which is about 30 miles east of Raleigh off US 264.

The October session was postponed due to "Sandy" has been rescheduled for Sat Nov 10, 10:00-1:00. Those wishing to sign up please contact Bob Aumock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see Bob at the Nov 8th club meeting.