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2016 Featured Presenters:

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David Ellsworth,
Nick Cook,
John Jordan,
Jay Shepard,
Les Brandt,
Keith Gotschall,
Michael Andersen,
Ron Ainge,
Larry Fox,
Milo Scott,
Martin Christensen,
Joe Fleming

more demonstrators are coming, please check back

David Ellsworth - Ellsworth Studios

David Ellsworth black pot

Over the past forty years, David Ellsworth has become known as one of the premier designers of turned wooden vessel forms. His work is included in the permanent collections of fourty-one museums and numerous private collections. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the American Craft Council and has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the PEW Fellowship for the Arts. In 2009 he was elected by the James A. Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to receive the prestigious “Master of the Medium” award in wood. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art and the Lifetime Membership Award from the American Association of Woodturners. He runs his own private school of woodturning at his home and studio in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania.

Open Bowl with Natural Edge

Making an open bowl from a half log with a natural edge rim using only my Signature gouge. Topics will include locating the bowl in the log, mounting and orienting the grain between centers, roughing out the exterior, shaping with slicing and shear-scraping cuts, interior roughing and finishing cuts, measuring interior depth, using jam chucks to finish the base.

Hollow form

My classic demonstration of making a hollow form from a green log using shop-made hollowing tools and my Signature gouge. Topics include mounting and orienting grain between centers, shaping with Signature gouge using slicing and shear-scraping cuts, mounting using a chuck, final shaping of exterior plus the entire process of hollowing the form.

Nick Cook - Nick Cook Woodturner

Nick Cook is a full time production turner producing a wide variety of gift items, one of a kind bowls & vessels as well as work for furniture makers and millwork contractors. He spends much of his time teaching both individuals and groups throughout the country. He has done workshops for woodturning groups in Australia and has also participated in the national woodturningsymposiums in New Zealand. He is a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners and has served as vice president and conference coordinator. Nick was named the 12 th honorary lifetime member of the AAW. He has written numerous articles for various woodturning publications including American Woodturner, Woodworkers Journal and American Woodworker. He also has produced two videos: “Turning for Food” & “Turning for Fun and Profit.

Light Up Your Life with Turned Table Lamps

See how I combine spindle and faceplate techniques and include round joinery and boring procedures to design and turn a table lamp. I will show you how to assemble and add the electrical components to light it up.

Production Turning for Sales

This session will focus on a wide range of quick, enjoyable and very practical things you can go home and make yourself. Nick will demonstrate everything that goes into making the production pieces that have made him a highly successful commercial turner from tool selection and sharpening to specific turning techniques. He will show you how to make spurtles, garden dibbles, baby rattles, honey dippers, tea lights, coffee scoops, Christmas tree ornaments and boxes.

Turning Pepper Mills and Salt Shakers

This session will show you how to design and create a pepper mill. We will look at stock selection and glue-up for laminated mills. We will also show you the proper sequence for drilling the blank and how to chuck the blank for turning the mill. Sanding and finishing will also be discussed. We will also show a unique salt shaker you can make without any kits.

John Jordan - John Jordan Woodturning

John Jordan is a woodturner from Cane Ridge (Nashville), Tennessee. Known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, John has been featured in nearly every major turning exhibition the past twenty years. His work has received numerous awards, and is in the permanent collections of many museums and corporations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the American Craft Museum in New York City, the White House in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

John is in great demand as a demonstrator/teacher, traveling extensively teaching at universities, craft schools, turning groups and trade shows throughout the US, Canada, the UK, France, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, including an annual week or two at world famous Arrowmont school of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine.

His work is frequently seen in publications in several countries as well as articles written by him. In addition to his most recent video on the aesthetics and properties of wood, he has also produced two previous best selling woodturning videos, which received very favorable reviews.

John's pieces are initially turned on the lathe, from fresh, green logs, using a number of techniques and tools that have evolved over the years. Each piece is then hand carved and textured, using a variety of different hand and small powered tools. This texturing process is very labor intensive, and can take as much as several days to weeks to complete. There is little room for error during this carving- one small slip can ruin the piece. A light lacquer finish is applied to most pieces, including the dyed work.

Turn a Teapot

John will show how he makes a teapot, including the spout, from one piece of green wood. Carving, texturing, making a handle and trivet will be part of the demo. Wood teapots are great fun, and the possibilities to be creative are endless.

The Aesthetics and Properties of Wood

A discussion of the use of green wood as a material to produce finished, refined work. The simple methods of dealing with wood movement and cracking. Learn to take control of your material and its use.

Jay Shepard - Shepard Studios

Jay has always been an artist. From his earliest memories he has played with clay or drew or painted. Upon entering higher education he had planned to continue his study of pottery but became enchanted with painting. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he pursued and completed a master of fine arts degree focusing on painting and drawing.

To support his family and his passion for art, Jay worked in the environmental protection field and contributed to many successful and award winning waste reduction and recycling programs.

During that time he continued to produce art works and became proficient in woodworking and furniture making. One day he made a table top. He thought “this table needs round legs, not squared legs from a table saw. So he bought a lathe. He turned the legs, and thought “wow, this is fun!” Well, he never finished the table and has not made a piece of furniture since. He has been so taken by woodturning he threw himself into learning and producing as much and as fast as the lathe allowed him to turn. Appreciative of the tutelage he received from fellow club members of the Woodturners of Olympia, Washington he absorbed everything they offered.

Jay has successfully blended his woodworking and painting skills to create unique polychrome lathe turned and sculpted pieces. These works are inspired by the daily shifting from day to night, the mysteries and imagery of nature, the textures, layers and undulations of the landscape and most particularly images of deep space.

Jay’s work has been featured in “American Woodturner” and “Woodturning Magazine”, published in the UK.

Airbrushing and Water-Based Finishing

See how Jay Shepard produces his airbrushed art work. Jay is best known for his painted and highly finished woodturnings. Jay will demonstrate the use of the airbrush to apply water-based acrylic paint to his woodturnings. He will also show you how an airbrush works, the different types of airbrushes, and discuss paint and color. He will also present information on water-based finishing using a spray gun.

Design for the Woodturner

Everything is designed – cars, buildings even dogs – “cock-a-poos” to “labradoodles”. We can over design. But when we don’t have a design, or even when we do, we can end up with some pretty ugly things. Learn about the principles of design from a wood turning perspective in this fast moving participatory workshop.

Les Brandt - Brandt Studios

Les Brandt is a member of AAW and Stateline Woodturners of Northwest Arkansas and has demonstrated for that club as well as Woodturners of Southwest Missouri and Southwest Association of Turners. Les has taken several week long classes at Arrowmont as well as studying under national turners for classes and hands-on. He started turning in 2003 and went full time in 2010, spending at least 40 hours a week at his lathe for the first five years and so has learned the basics and many techniques for turning different forms and all sorts of embellishments. Found green wood is his preference and he enjoys the opportunity to show people the many looks of wood native to his area.

Hands-on Demomstration: Tea Light Candle Holder

While creating a Tea Light Candle holder participants will mount a 5x3 round blank using a screw chuck; turn a recess for reverse mounting and finish the bottom; reverse mount on jaws and finish turn the top with a hole (either drilled or turned) for candle holder, thereby learning different mounting methods gouge and square scraper.

Platter with Sea Turtle Relief Carved and Inlaid with Calcite, Malachite and Mica

This demonstration involves turning a 3/8” x 15” platter, tracing the outline of a Sea Turtle onto the wood and then relief carving the design, 3/16’ deep, with a Dremel and 1/8” bits and then inlaying Calcite, Malachite and Mica and bonding with super glue before sanding and finishing. Because of the length of the various steps and waning attention spans, I will bring pieces in various stages of completion to show the whole process. Tools: Bowl, Detail Gouge and Scrapers as well as handled Dremel with various bits.

Vessel Abrasive Carved Spiral Design

This demonstration involves turning a hollow vessel, laying out a spiral design and then ‘carving’ using abrasives. A blank is mounted; shaped, with a tenon; reverse mounted and hollowed. The design is then laid out on the vessel with a compass/divider using a platform in the banjo and the vessel is parted off; after which the design is ‘carved’ using 100 and/or 150 grit sandpaper, depending on the wood; and is sanded with 320 girt. The vessel is then finished if wood look is desired or dyed and black lacquer applied for a ‘fired pottery’ look. All aspects will be demonstrated and discussed but because of time and attention span I will bring pieces in various stages of completion to show entire process.

Keith Gotschall - Studios

Born in Chicago, Ill. in 1962, Keith lived in the midwest until 1980. In 1981 he moved to Boulder Co. and began a career in wood working. After an informal apprenticeship in several different wood shops Keith started his own design and fabrication studio in 1989. Building furniture mostly on a commission basis, Keith also stretched his talents by doing the occasional speculative piece that would be shown in art galleries or in fine art shows. He has won numerous awards around Colorado.

Keith is also a sculptor of stone. Using marble and alabaster from the area Keith has also won many awards for his sculpture. His work tends to be of a figurative nature, often abstracting the human form.

In 1998 Keith visited with a local wood turning friend who let him play around with some of his tools and showed him some of the more modern theory behind wood turning. Remembering that the lathe was the reason he became interested in woodworking in the first place, Keith was keen to pursue wood turning from that moment on.

He now lives in the small mountain community of Salida,in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His home and studio are at the base of the continental divide and he shares them with his wife Catherine. An avid rock climber, hiker, and hunter, Keith is often found outdoors enjoying Colorados rugged beauty.

Scottish Quaich- Winged bowl

This demo shows not only how to make a quaich, a two handled drinking bowl of friendship, but also goes into many of the basic cuts and tools that turners use for all of their projects. I will be turning on two axis to make this, and grain direction, tool use and control, and using the chuck in three different ways will be covered.

Small bowl turning

In this demo I will turn three small bowls with decoration. These will be bowl designs that point at utility as well as a more refined aesthetic. Different ideas in bowl design will be discussed and shown, while various technique will also be imparted along the way. This is going to be a fast moving demo, and one that will be useful for turners on any size equipment.

Off Center Platter

This demo will show how to make an off center platter, without the use of specialized equipment. All the techniques and design of a normal platter will be covered, as well as design considerations suited to off center work. If times remains after questions etc. I will apply dye and painted decorations.

Three legged Stool

Everyone should be able to make a stool like this, a family heirloom is well within your reach! I will go over the simple set up and preparation needed, as well as how to approach replication in an easy way. Design of spindle legs, how to cut beads and coves, and all the pommel cuts are shown and discussed. Reproduction of your designs will become easy, instead of a chore.

Michael Andersen

Michael Andersen, Albuquerque, New Mexico - "At age 18, turning for less than three years, Michael has won Youth Awards for Excellence at the American Association of Woodturners Symposia in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Michael also won the high school division in last year’s Turning to the Future national competition. In 2015, he demonstrated to the New Mexico Woodturners how to make his award-winning tool handle. Michael continued his demonstrating at the New Mexico State Fair, showing how to make wings and unnatural edge bowls. This year he was a demonstrator in the vendor area at the Desert Woodturning Roundup in Mesa, AZ. Michael was featured in an article in the February 2016 issue of American Woodturner. He is inspired by small, random things in life."

Unnatural Edged Turning

"I will demonstrate how I make my unnatural-edge forms. These pieces are thin-walled vessels with irregular and organic edges and were inspired by forest fires. I will discuss wood selection and form and my technique on how to turn thin walls easily.

Ron Ainge

In 2002 I went to an auction where I bought one old lathe that I thought I would sell on Ebay to make a little money. Fortunatly I met a man named Pete Holtus and began takeing lessons on turning things on the lathe. I soon found out that it was such a high to put a piece of wood on the lathe and in an hour or so I could finish a project. I had never turned before and so everything was new to me at that time, I took one shop class in high school but no one ever got close to the lathe. I progressed through the years and I can say that I turly enjoy the challenge of truning and teaching other people how to use the lathe. After runing for and being elected to several positions in our club I was elected to the office of president of the Front Range Woodturners in 2009 and again in 2015.

Christmas Ornament & Bird House

I will attempt do both a hollow christmas ornament with colored finials as well as a small bird house in the 1 ½ hour time allowed.

Hollow Sprial Oranament

I will turn a hollow onnament that I will cut six slots into on an angle making a very striking finished sprial holiday ornament.

Hands On: Offset Bird House

This demo is of an offset bird house that is pictured in the photo. It starts as an off center piece. I will show the students how to turn the object, drill it and end up with a small bird house that can either sit on a table or be hung as an ornament, this is a quick and fairly easy project that can be done in a class period.

Larry Fox -

Larry Fox

Larry Fox has been turning for 20 years and specializes in the inlay, outlay and cutaway of turquoise in bowls, vases and urns. He has sold 1000’s of pieces through craft shows, web site, galleries and retail stores. This year he has teamed up with Milo Scott to demo the use of pre-made threaded inserts for screw-on tops for boxes and urns.

Screw-on lids using pre-made threaded inserts

This demo will show how to make threaded box or urn lids using pre-made threaded inserts. The pre-made threaded inserts consist of a top and bottom (male and female parts) that when properly attached to a turning will result in a perfectly aligned top and base that screws together. With this method there is no need to learn the art of “thread chasing” that frequently ends in the misalignment of the top and bottom wood grains.

Hands On - Screw-on lids using pre-made inserts

Each student will make a small but simple box with a lid and bottom. Then you will glue the male insert to the lid and the female insert to the bottom. Finally you will be shown how to align the threaded insert pieces so that when you screw the lid on tightly the top and bottom grains will line up perfectly.

Milo Scott - Milo Scott Studio

Like many woodturners, I started turning in high school shop class, then, “waited” for retirement to get serious. I turn everything from ornaments to urns, green wood to segmented pieces. Talking with a friend of mine that was a funeral director, he stated there was a desire for locally produced wood urns, but, they needed to have a screw top lid. A search on the internet resulted in very few options for getting threads in the urn and lid.

There is something to be said for “hand-chasing threads”, but, many of the things shouldn’t be said in public! Plastic plumbing pipe threads is another option suggested, which didn’t seem like something I wanted in such a personal item as a handmade urn.

After talking with many woodturners, it became very evident there was a need for a simple solution to getting threads into a form with a lid. Many woodturners simply avoided pieces that needed threads. The solution I came up with is pre-made threaded inserts produced from kiln-dried hard maple.

Using Pre-made Threads

Working with Larry Fox, we will demonstrate how the inserts are installed and properly aligned. Using the methods we demonstrate, you will be able to perfectly center the lid in the opening, then, when the lid is tightened, we will show how to ensure the grain alignment is exactly where you want it to be.

Martin Christensen

I have been in Colorado my whole life and have been turning pens for about 25+ years.

Knot in a Pen

Segmented and Celtic Knot pens.

Hands On - Turn a Pen or Two

Students turn two basic pens one they would keep and the other would be turned in to Pen for the Troops

Joe Fleming - Airbrushing Wood

Woodworking provides me with an outlet for my creativity. I enjoy finding a piece of wood, envisioning what it can become, and then transforming it into a beautiful art or craft piece. I make both art pieces and functional pieces, but I always strive for beauty. My woodturning consists all types of turning disciplines including bowls, hollow forms, platters, vases, boxes and furniture components. I use a variety of wood species in my work including local urban forested woods like eucalyptus, and other reclaimed wood. I also use wood from certified forestry projects in the Pacific Northwest, Mexico and Australia.

I have been an amateur woodworker for over 40 years and an amateur woodturner for more than 15 years. My skills are primarily self-taught with assists from various class work, from woodworking publications, and through participation in various woodworking clubs. I have studied with many noted wood artists including, Allan Batty, Stuart Batty, Christian Burchard, Jimmy Clewes, Don Derry, Michael, Hosaluk, John Jordan, Binh Pho, Richard Raffan, Merryll Saylan, and Susan Working. My dad gets the credit for instilling in me a passion for hand-made wood items.

The Airbrush Demystified

I will explain to attendees what airbrush features are best for woodturners, what are good choices for an air source, and, briefly, how to clean an airbrush. Then, I will show some quick warm-up skills/drills. Finally, I will transfer a simple image to wood using an airbrush and masking.

Airbrush Art: How to Successfully Transfer Images

Attendees will learn how to select appropriate images such as clip art, flat art or photos for application to their wood projects and successfully transfer them to their project using an airbrush. The demonstration will include the completion of a small transfer project using an image of an original piece of art.