Turning cubes, truncated octahedra and other objects with flat surfaces are the topic for the Jan. 10 WGNC demonstration.

Member Lars Nyland will present in this first meeting of the year, which starts at the usual time of 6:45 pm at the NCSU Crafts Center and will include a gallery critique (2 items per member) at the break and club raffle at the end of the night. The library will also be available shortly before the meeting and at the break.

Why cubes on the lathe? "Size and accuracy," Lars writes. "You can make cubes (and other polyhedra) as big as your lathe's swing; try that on your table saw or band saw! These objects can be stand-alone creations, or be part of a bigger ensemble (e.g. totem pole). During the turning, I'll describe opportunities to hollow them and how to put a vase inside a cube."

The scheduling of this demo has a natural follow-on with Jim Duxbury's demo on intersecting spheres (in a cube) in February.

Lars Nyland has been a woodturner for more than 20 years, and has been a member of WGNC (TWNC) for almost as long. His lathe of choice is the Stubby 750 which he bought in 2001 and is still discovering new ways to use it. His work leans toward the exploratory and unconventional end of things. For his day job, he designs the fastest computers in the world.