Thanks for your interest in my turning demonstrations. Remembering back to when I first started turning, seeing my first professional demo was a real eye opener! I couldn't wait to get back to my shop and try out what I had just seen. I try to keep that same sort of enthusiasim in the programs I have put together. For me, a good demo really involves the crowd, even in the descision making process that happens while I am turning for them. If we decide to do something a little different, I don't hesitate to try it out, and often I end up learning something along the way too.
I have a large variety of demonstration topics to choose from. It can be aimed at a group that is heavy on the begginer side of things, or a very advanced level. I have gotten lots of feedback and comments about how well I explain things. Even the simple sounding demos have a wealth of information that is covered. Here are a few choices, contact me if you need more information on them, or if you even have a suggestion for what you might like to see. I am always open to trying new things.
Winged bowl Though the first part of this demo is aimed at the novice turner, there will be plenty of material to pick up for all skill levels. All the different tools will be talked about and their use gone over and demonstrated. All the basic cuts will be made, and grain direction in regards to tool use will be discussed extensively. This demo is one sure to please, and has a surprise at the end, a bi-axis winged bowl.
Lidded Bowl. A bowl and matching lid will be made in this demo, a lot of ground to cover in an hour and a half. The uses of the scroll chuck will be gone over for both expansion and contracting modes. Tool use and design potential will be addressed. Great for the novice or intermediate turner. This demo can be expanded to include decoration of the lid etc.
Sal-turn. A very different type of salt/pepper shaker! This demo will go over the steps and techniques necessary to make a really unique item. There are no holes in the top, no stopper on the bottom, How does it work? End grain hollowing, and other fundamentals of box making are discussed. A very clever shaker!
Delicate bowl with beaded detail. This demo will concentrate on small gallery quality bowls with details of a different wood. It takes several steps and re-chuckings to make these, and tips for all sorts of turning will be covered. Beyond the basic turning techniques, design and crisp detailing will be discussed.
Off center platter. The techniques for making a normal platter will be covered in this demo, as well as the special considerations needed for making one off-center. This will be a playful demo, with some input from the crowd expected with the design. This is one of my more popular demonstrations.
Natural Edge Bowls. I go over the considerations you need to keep in mind when doing this sort of project. Start to finish there is a lot of information that is good for everyone to keep in mind. The use of a strong light to help with wall thickness, balancing the natural edge, special sanding techniques, wood choice. Much of the material covered is applicable to all types of turning.
Bowl Turning. Sounds basic, but there is a wealth of knowledge behind me on this subject. As a production turner I have learned the hard way all sorts of lessons that turners of any ability will find useful. This is a fast moving demo as there is so much to cover. I go through wood selection, cutting from the log, rough turning, drying, re-turning, sanding, turning green, how to season, finish, and even sell the bowls. A dry and green bowl can be turned for contrast.
3 Leg Stool. In this popular demo, a discussion of spindle replication will make the design and layout of elements easier for anyone. Design considerations, simple hole drilling jigs, produtions methodology will be covered as well as the basic bead-cove-straight cuts that make up all of turning. This is also a good demo to do some basic decoration techniques.
I often talk to the program organizer about this, that way we can figure a way to make things work the most smoothly. That said it often helps to just get the numbers out there and try working from that point. I sometimes can string a couple events together, which helps with travel costs. Any help with this is much appreciated. Other options to work with are Full day demos, a full day or two of hands on instruction, splitting the days up into two morning and two afternoon sessions. There is almost always a way to make it work.
Fee structure is as follows.
In Colorado: Club demo only $250 plus expenses and accommodation if necessary. Full day, $550 plus expenses etc. I don't charge for the travel, outside of fuel for my vehicle.
Outside of Colorado: $650 per day, plus expenses including meals, air travel, round trip to airport(300 miles), airport parking and accommodation. (I don't mind spending the night with a club member)
A list of scheduled events for 2017
First up, Anchorage Alaska!
It's cold outside, nothing better to do than turn some wood in the warm wood shop.
Class dates-23 to 27th Sold out
Alaska symposium Jan. 28-29th I will be demonstrating along with Molly Winton and others.
Colorado Springs Feb. 3rd
Come visit with me the day after Ground Hog day! I will be turning bowls, with any luck 4 bowls to completion (sans sanding!). It will be fun and informative.
Prescott AZ March 11-12
all day demo and a day of hands on. Check with Walter Spencer about venue and availability. Another great time in AZ! we will cover woodturning from A to Z! ha!
Vancover BC April 22-23
My first visit to Vancover, and I am excited! A full day demo followed by a day of hands on fun, come join us!
Bentonville Arkansas July 8-10
First time to Arkansas!
This will be a full day demo followed by hands on class. Come join us for some fun and skill building.
Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild
Thursday Oct. 12- Sunday Oct. 15th
Takes place in Harrison IN. at the Higher Ground conference center. My first time at this illustrious and well known symposium. Really looking forward to being back in the midwest. Stay tuned as I may try to hook more clubs on to this trip.