This month’s demo will be about embellishing the
surface of a bowl using the Sorby Mini Texturing tools. We will discuss wood selection, lathe speed, tool sequence, and application of the wheels. It will explore these applications to face grain and cross grain areas of the bowl. Woods with little grain pattern can be significantly enhanced with a little texturing.
Due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus the Lisle Park District has cancelled all events and closed all of their facilities until further notice. This includes the facility that houses our monthly meeting. As a result the Windy City Woodturners meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is currently scheduled for April 21st but may be subject to cancellation. We will be in communication if or when things change.
In April, if we have our scheduled meeting, I am going to talk about Plates and Platters. I first started looking at them as a form when I wanted to turn something out of a couple of highly figured boards. Plates are a perfect medium to display figure – relatively little of it is lost to shavings. And we turners shouldn’t leave all the pretty boards for flat-work guys.
So what makes a plate/platter? It should have a rim, right – but how wide? How thick should the wood be to start? Will it be a functional or decorative form? How do you decide shape? What are the design criteria impacting stability? And finally, how do you make one?
Come even if you don’t have a 20” lathe; the subject applies to Mini-Lathe projects as well.“
Due to the timing and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's been 2 full months since Windy City has had a meeting. We are happy to announce that we'll be having a virtual meeting via Zoom on our regular meeting date and time, May 19 at 7 pm.
In preparation for that meeting we'll be having a Zoom tutorial on Thursday, May 14, also at 7 pm.
We recommend downloading and installing Zoom ahead of time ( https://zoom.us/download ) , it's available for Mac, Windows, IOS, and Android as well as Chrome and Firefox browser extensions.
Pen Making – From Beginner To Pro in 60 Minutes All skill levels are welcome – Everyone starts with making a traditional wooden pen. But it does not need to end there. The key to the process is challenging yourself to do something new and branch out. Part 1: Topics include the entire process from blank selection or creation, drilling, gluing, turning, finishing, and assembly. We will look at numerous finishing techniques and the challenges of each – from simple buffing to CA and many in between. Working with all the basic tools and jigs used in the process. Part 2: Now taking the wood pen to the next steps – coloring, bleaching and segmenting wood. We will discuss the different techniques to make your work standout above the rest.
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