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Turning a 24" Tall Three-Legged Stool with Alan Leland
Please note that this Guild meeting and demonstration will be presented in Hybrid form.  Members may choose to attend live at the NC State Craft Center or attend via Zoom.   While NC State does not currently require the wearing of face masks, WGNC does encourage masks be worn while in the meeting room.
  • Thursday July 14th
  • NC State meeting room and Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM

Ever need a place to rest in the shop for a few minutes?   Or maybe you have a visitor who would like to sit and chat for a while.

Well, this month's demonstration will give you all the necessary tools and know how to create a shop worthy three-legged stool and maybe even an heirloom piece that will be much sought after in the years to come.

Come join us this month to follow along as Allan Leland shows us his process of making his version of the classic Three-legged Stool.

In this demonstration, Alan will cover how he turns a 24” tall Three-Legged Stool.

This will include drilling the seat and the mortices in the legs for the cross brace. 
He will include a short video on the drill press table set up he uses to drill the holes in the seats.

In addition, Alan will also cover the tool techniques used for faceplate turning 
and between centers turning including the grinds he uses on his tools. If there is time, Alan will also demonstrate how to use the Oneway Drill Wizard to drill holes in your turnings on the lathe.

This will be an excellent demo for anyone interested in turning furniture parts or other functional items with an artistic flair.

Zoom connection information will be included in the email meeting notice and reminder.

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Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead

Monthly Show & Tell Session

  • July 21st
  • Zoom session opens about 6:30 pm
  • Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

06 - Jun 2022 - Show & Tell

Please join us this month for our monthly Zoom Show & Tell Gallery. 

This forum is intended for all levels of woodturners and is a safe and respectful place to solicit input and advice, regardless of your experience level.

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

As part of our regular Show & Tell program, we have allotted time to the session that is devoted to sharing and discussing a Personal Challenge from a recent demonstration.  The Personal Challenge is intended as a way to encourage members to try new ideas, techniques and to also be able to obtain advice on subjects covered in the demonstration.  WGNC also provides an open invitation to the person who conducted the demonstration to join the session to be available to answer questions and critique the various submissions made by members.  These sessions are always great fun.

The upcoming Personal Challenges will be as follows:

 For July, the Challenge will come from the June "Bowl within a Bowl" demonstration presented by Tod Raines.  To review the demonstration video, click here.  This "Challenge" is simply to share your version of Tod's "Bowl within a Bowl" process and/or ask questions about your work in progress.

   For August, the Challenge will come from the July "Three-Legged Stool" demonstration that will be presented by Alan Leland.  Video review will be available after the demonstration and a link will be posted here.

Remember, you do not have to have a completed project to participate.  This session is designed to explore the techniques presented, 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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Breakout Sessions are Back

WGNC is happy to announce a more organized approach to promoting Breakout Sessions. In the past breakouts have not been organized with any frequency and it has been left to the individuals interested in any specific topic to schedule and hold a session. 


With this more organized approach we have established a coordinator to help identify topics, hosts and schedules.  That information will be posted on this web page so that a member can look for an interest and schedule, and simply click on this to sign up.

CK - Breakout 1
What exactly is a Breakout Session?

A breakout session is a woodturning event that is hosted by another member for other members to join in and learn or practice any element of woodturning.  This could be a shop tour, how to sharpen or make tools, turning a bowl, how to use a skew, pyrography, carving, embellishments and a whole host of other topics.  The location could be at a host’s shop or another public location such as NC State Craft Center or a retail store.

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.

Our first scheduled Breakout Session is being offered by Steve Criscenzo on Saturday 7/30/22.  The topic to be discussed and demonstrated will be on using a vacuum chucking system.
If you are interested, you can see an outline of the session topics and register for the event here.

These Sessions are a fun, one on one way to learn new skills or just refresh skills you may have previously learned but have not used in a while.  It is also a great way to meet new members and/or reconnect with old members.

Hope we see you at a Breakout Session soon!

 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

Website PS:
Don't forget about the Demonstration Documents available in the Document Library.  Just added is Art Liestman's article "Beyond Round: The Lost Wood Process".  This article is a great companion to his recent demonstration video, now also posted to the website.  Check it out now.
The article can be found here 

Woodturning Safety
Check out the new safety resources.  This section will be updated and added to on a regular basis in an effort to provide members with a continuing education on shop safety subjects.  You can find it under the "Resources" menu item.

The June "Turning a Bowl in a Bowl" with Tod Raines is now available for viewing. 

Don't forget, you can also review all the available WGNC Demos and Show & Tell videos by clicking here.  Check them out today! 

Got something in your shop that you haven't used in a while but just don't know what to do with it?
Well now you do, and you can make some money at it as well!  We are pleased to announce that WGNC has just launched a Members Only Classified Ads app on the website!

For more information on using this new app, click here.

To go directly to the Classified Ad App, click here