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Monthly Show & Tell Session

  • June 20th, 2024
  • Zoom session opens about 6:30 PM
  • Meeting begins at 7:00 PM

05 - May 2024 - Show & Tell

Join the fun and camaraderie of a WGNC Show & Tell Session.  Sessions are designed for all experience levels and are a safe and respectful place to show your work, solicit input and advice and request help on those pesky problems we all run into.

All WGNC members and their guests are welcome to spend an evening with fellow woodturners as we explore and share members' projects, ideas, issues and yes, even those shop disasters.  We love to see what members are doing, so please join us each month for our monthly Zoom Show & Tell Session. 

We hope to see you for this month's always enjoyable, entertaining and interactive session.

Remember, you do not have to have a completed project to participate.  These sessions are designed to explore techniques and methods used, so whether you have a completed piece, a practice piece or simply "idea boards", all are welcome for sharing and discussing with other members.

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Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead
An Introduction to Understanding and Turning Spalted Wood - with Dr. Seri Robinson 
  • Thursday July 11th
  • Zoom IRD 
  • Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM

We are looking forward to hosting Dr. Seri Robinson for our July 11th Meeting and Demonstration.  All of us love spalted wood for its beautiful natural designs and colors, but what do you really know about spalting?  Why does wood spalt?  What causes spalting?  How are the colors we see created and do they last?  Does spalted wood turn differently than non-spalted wood?  Please join us for this demonstration as these questions and many more will be answered by Seri as she takes us into her world of spalted wood. 

To begin, Seri will spend time with a general introduction to the historic use of spalting and then move on to the modern science of spalting.  Along the way Seri will also touch on DIY spalting and tips and tricks for working with spalted wood.

The next area Seri will be addressing is the actual turning of spalted wood.  Because of the structural nature of spalted wood, turning requires patience and a unique tooling approach in order to reduce use of stabilizers and sanding.  Subjects that will be discussed are:
   - Tools
   - Grinds
   - Stabilizers
   - Sanding
   - How to turn spalted wood safely

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Breakout Sessions
Emerging Turner Resources

Check Out WGNC Breakout Sessions

WGNC continues to host high quality Breakout Sessions with subjects that members are finding very useful and interesting.

As many of our members know, we've enhanced the value of these sessions to members by adding a coordinator to help identify topics, hosts and schedules that are aligned with the interests of members.

As Session details are confirmed, the information will be posted on this site so that a members can look at available subjects and the associated details, and then when a topic of interest is found, simply click on the button to sign up.

Breakout sessions are generally free of charge and are offered on a first come first serve basis.  Scheduled sessions will be created as "Events" and will show up on the Home Page in the "A Look Ahead" table, on the "Events Calendar" and on the "Breakout Session" selection under the "Resources" menu .

To learn more about: 
   - How to join a breakout session
   - How to Host a breakout session
   - Review the Breakout Session Schedule
Click here.

Part of the learning process for every turner is to be exposed to all the questions and answers other turners have already experienced. Because when you are first starting out you might not even know what questions to ask, you just are eager to get started and see the chips fly!

Here are some of the questions that might emerge:

·  What lathe and tools do I need as a beginner?

·  How do I sharpen tools and how often?

·  If I don't have a lathe, can I rent one?

·  What wood should I start out using?

·  What speed should I turn at?

·  Are there any safety concerns I need to be aware of?

·  Are there woodturning classes available?
·  Is there someone who can guide me on this journey?

......and the list grows as your adventure begins with woodturning. It is for these reasons that WGNC has created the "Emerging Turner" section of our website.

To explore the “Emerging Turner” sections just select any of the eight menu items found in the “Emerging Turner Resources” menu.

As a starting point, we suggest you take a look at “New Member Resources”.  This page gives you an overview of all the sections and links to each section. To review, click here.

 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

WGNC’s Latest 2024 Breakout Session

On Saturday June 8th, WGNC held the 5th breakout session of the year, hosted by Steve Criscenzo at his shop in Durham.  The topic for this breakout was "Buffing and Polishing Techniques for a Gallery Quality Finish". Five WGNC members took advantage of this breakout session.  Watch upcoming Show and Tell sessions as we are sure to see the results of having attended this breakout.

More breakout sessions are being scheduled, so check back often to see what's coming up.  You can check the Breakout calendar by clicking here

Artsplosure 2024

WGNC once again had a good exhibit and show.  The new location of the booths was a big help and the exhibitors and demonstrators had a lot of  visitors and activity.  This show has proven not only good for the folks exhibiting and demonstrating but has been instrumental in drawing in visitors who are interested in the art and techniques of woodturning.  It has also lead to gaining new members!  Thanks to everyone who made this years show possible. 

WGNC T-Shirts available for sale:
T-Shirts are available to members at any in-person Demonstration or Show and Tell event.
For full details, pictures and availability, please click here.