WGNC is privileged to welcome artist Rudy Lopez to Raleigh for a demonstration and three days of workshops this month. Our meeting on May 10 will start at 6:30 PM and features Rudy demonstrating "Square to Round" in the NCSU CraftsCenter woodshop.

He will explain and demonstrate the process used to create a bowl or vase, which is square on top and tapers to round at the bottom. Starting with a square or rectangular blank that has been prepared on a bandsaw to taper the sides, the remaining exterior corners will be turned leaving the four tapered sides previously cut on the band saw.

In addition to the Thursday demonstration, Rudy will also lead three full-day workshops on Friday, May 11; Saturday May 12, and Sunday May 13. There are a few seats remaining for each of these sessions. You can register and pay right here.

Rudy Lopez is a nationally recognized artist who has been a featured demonstrator at many regional and national turning events. His demonstrations and workshops are lively and engaging resulting in a memorable learning experience.

Rudy will conduct the gallery critique at the meeting, so please limit your submission to one piece in the interest of time. Please note the earlier starting time of 6:30 PM for the meeting. The club library will open early as well, starting at 6pm.

Workshops are a non-refundable $110 per day. All the necessary wood, lathes and hand tools will be provided. Attendees need only bring personal safety devices but are welcome to also bring their own hand tools and extra wood. Cancellations will be forfeit unless a replacement can be found.

Click the day/project heading to reserve and pay for your seat now.

Friday May 11: Natural Edge Wing Bowl from a Half log or crotch section
We will be turning a thin natural edge wing bowl from a green log or crotch section. Design and layout considerations regarding limb orientation, crotch figure, keeping or eliminating features or flaws in the wood will be covered. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two of the most important fundamentals of turning - sharp tools and good tool control will be emphasized. Turning thin allows the wood to warp and move which influences the final piece and helps avoid cracking. I will explain using and sharpening Negative Rake scrapers their benefits and how safe they are to use. Sanding wet wood both on and off of the lathe along with different finishing techniques will also be covered.

Students will improve their skill with the side ground bowl gouge with emphasis on tool control and learn the technique and finesse needed for turning thin on interrupted cuts. (Thinness and complexity of bowl can be adjusted to the ability/comfort level of students).

Skill level / Experience: Intermediate with skills beyond the basics, familiar with using the side ground bowl gouge and able to comfortably turn a natural edge bowl.
Wood required; Green “Y” Crotch sections with limbs approx. 2”-3”dia. or straight log sections approx. 6” dia. X 6”-7” long.
Tools & Supplies; Face Shield Recommended, Safety Glasses required, Chuck for 1"X 8 mini-lathe or lathe that will be used, 1/2" or 5/8" side ground Bowl gouge, Round nose scraper, Skew, Parting tool. I will have some extra tools for students to use.


Saturday May 12: Twice Turned Vase or Bowl with Decorated Rim Detail from a Log
This is a some what challenging project which requires everything from basic spindle work to good tool control on interrupted cuts.

We will turn a vase from a log which is first turned long grain (spindle orientation) to put beads or cove decoration around the log. The log will then be repositioned to side grain orientation to shape the vase or bowl form. The bead/cove decoration now becomes a rim detail around the rim of the vase.

Skill level / Experience: Intermediate with skills beyond the basics, familiar with using the side ground bowl gouge and able to comfortably turn a natural edge bowl with intermittent edges.
Wood required; Green log sections approx.6” – 8” dia. X 6” long. Best to be left in long log sections to be cut to length the day of class to avoid end checks.
Tools & Supplies; Face Shield Recommended, Safety Glasses required, Chuck for 1"X 8 mini-lathe or lathe
that will be used, 1/2" or 5/8" side ground Bowl gouge, Round nose scraper, Skew, Parting tool. I will have
some extra tools for students to use.


Sunday May 13: Square to round Bowls, Vases and Hollow Forms
I will explain and demonstrate the process I use to create a bowl or vase, which is square on top and
tapers to round at the bottom. Starting with a square or rectangular blank that has been prepared on a bandsaw to taper the sides, the remaining exterior corners will be turned leaving the four tapered sides previously cut on the band saw. Then the interior of the bowl or vase will be turned into the square top. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two of the most important fundamentals of turning - sharp tools and good tool control will be emphasized. I will demonstrate how and why this along with lathe speed affects how efficiently and cleanly interrupted edges can be turned safely. Techniques for sanding and/or embellishing the different surfaces of the forms will also be discussed. I will show a variety of ways blanks can be cut on the band saw which will start you thinking about how many different design possibilities there are for square to round bowls, vases and hollow forms. Attendees will learn the process I use to set-up and draw the layout of a design on the blank and how it is cut on the band saw and then oriented on the lathe to be turned. This demonstration will provide attendees with a several new creative ideas and open up many new design possibilities.

Skill level / Experience: Beginner with good basic knowledge of the lathe & tool use, turns currently.
Wood required; Semi-dry to dry wood. For vases- End Grain lengths approx. 3”x 3” or 4”x 4” about 6” –8” long. For bowls- Side Grain 6” x 6” square approx. 4” thick. Band Saw required for cutting sides of blanks
Tools & supplies; Face Shield recommended, Safety Glasses required, Chuck for 1"X 8 mini-lathe or lathe that will be used, 1/2" or 5/8" side ground Bowl gouge, 1/4" to 3/4" Round nose scraper, Parting tool, I will have some extra tools for students to use

 

About Rudy Lopez:

Although he is a relatively new wood artist, Rudolph Lopez has always had a love of natural objects and the environment in which they flourish. Growing up on a cattle ranch in Florida with his father and uncles who spent most of their time in the woods, he grew to love the outdoors... trees, water and all things relating to nature. To this day, Rudy’s greatest pleasures come from mountain-biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and just being in the woods.

Rudy began working with his hands at a very young age and began to develop his creative eye through photography—his first artistic pursuit. With an education in drafting and design, he drew inspiration from the surroundings of his youth, Rudy began his relationship with wood as a craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry. His desire to explore wood-turning began to develop when he received a natural-edge turned bowl as a Christmas gift from his best friend two years ago. Since that time, Rudy’s natural sense of curiosity has led him to explore the techniques necessary to transform wood from a simple rough chunk into an piece of aesthetic beauty. He has the ability to look at an object, understand how it is made, and recreate it with very little effort. It is as if his brain is linked to his hands by some arcane memory.

When asked what kind of wood he most likes to turn, Rudy’s response was, "imperfect wood, wood with knots, voids, worm holes, decay or any other flaw or defect. To me this is the beauty that God and nature has provided me with as a starting point, and then it becomes a challenge for me to continue this and create something of beauty for others to enjoy". Rudy’s turned pieces have been featured in the "Rounding The Four Corners" exhibit 2008 and "Restful Places-Cremation Urns and Objects" 2009 at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota.