November 2012 

Dave Marshall

Topic - Marshall: the Man, the Myth, the Magic


This month’s turning demonstration will be educational, entertaining, historic, folkloric, and if we have any time left, we’ll actually see some turning! And the best part of the evening is that it will be very ego-centric as everything will turn around me (get it... turn around me?)

We plan to cover many aspects of my woodturning from inspiration to spousal advice to tool sharpening to community service to skews to scrapers to sanding and to embellishment (to name a few.) I’ve been turning over the years since I was about 13 years old and you will get to see some of my early pieces (striking, to say the least) and select pieces that I’ve done more recently (stunning works of art.)

This evening, we’ll uncover the man we call Marshall. We’ll reveal that he is just a man….but with mythical qualities that some of you may, or may not, see. We’ll learn of his magic as we sit quietly in our flimsy folding chairs, attentively gazing forward as the Man philosophizes on very deep subjects and on a lot of shallow subjects.

This is a demonstration as no other seen in our Club. You won’t want to miss it. It is rumored that the Man may not even allow it to be recorded for prosperity….again, this mythical, magical aurora must be preserved.

The demonstration will conclude with actual turning and hi-tech embellishing…embellishments…. embellishmenting, I guess.

Excuse me now as I head to my woodturning lair to sharpen my skews and to find my 36 grit sandpaper. I hope to see you all at our next Club meeting. And by the way, this is an adult-content demo… probably not suitable for younger turners.

Au revoir, my friends… till we meet on the 29th!


October 2012 

Jim Tanksley

Topic - Large Bowls

Jims Handout Click Here

tank4Jtank2im Tanksley’s woodturning experience began as many young teens did back in 1969, in junior high school woodshop class. Using a piece of laminated maple and mahogany wood he turned a lamp, Jim will tell you he couldn’t remember the tools he used but remembers it was fun and his mom loved the lamp. He did dabbled with woodturning again until 1995. He had four 6” x 6” by 30” kiln dried white oak pieces that needed to be turned into table legs. He purchased a cheap lathe from Big Lots and burned out several of them trying to turn the legs. Finally he upgraded and purchased a lathe from a garage sale made by Sears to finish the project. Then in 2006 Jim met Mike Jones at work and became interested in woodturning again after see a wood pen he had turned. After getting the specifics of how and what to buy, Jim made his first visit to Rockler and Woodcraft. Mandrel and pen kit in hand Jim realized his Sears lathe did not have a number 2 morse taper so he would have to purchase another lathe. Wow his first Jet mini, he was on his way to making pen after pen. It was then Jim started attending the woodturning meetings in Fort Worth. Learning and tank3discovering new techniques Jim realized there was more to woodturning than just pens.   He purchased a used Nova 3000 lathe with capacity for turning 16” bowls. In the beginning he did everything wrong and scrapped over 50% of the bowls. However Jim didn’t get discouraged, his family loved everything he was turning out and he was inspired to continue turning. Hoping to improve his skill he decided to by a bigger lathe (Powermatic 3520B), thinking a bigger lathe would allow him to turn better ha ha. Overtime his success rate and quality of turnings improved with practice, attendance at the woodturning meetings and taking lessons. The club offers hands on classes with professional woodturners each year and Jim started taking advantage of these sessions. Then in 2008 Jim took a 2-day course with Stuart Batty and the light came on. He will tell you his turnings improved at least by 50% and he became comfortable sharpening his own tools after the training. He was hooked!

For the upcoming WNTX club meeting Jim will be demonstrating different stages of turning a large bowl. In addition he will give you tips and tricks of the turning large bowls. He prefers to use green wood with Mesquite being his favorite. On display will be some of the large bowls Jim has turned in the past with many different woods (Mesquite, Silver Maple, Magnolia, Oak, Pecan, Black Walnut, and Hackberry).




SEptember 2012 

Larry Maughan

Topic - Kallashaan Woods pen kit

guitar pen with stringsFor Larry Maughan, working with wood has been his hobby since he was in elementary school. While borrowing his father’s hand tools (hand saws, drill, plane, files, sandpaper blocks, etc.) he would make wooden boats to float down a nearby stream, or make a wooden car, airplane, train, etc. to play with the kids in his neighborhood. Larry always enjoyed making wooden items that had a functional use.

Out of a need to give gifts to his work employees, he attended the first Dallas area pen-making seminar at the former Dallas Shopsmith store in July of 1987. Since then he has continued this interest and hobby during these past 25 years. He has led many training classes and demonstrations for the area woodworking stores and turning clubs in North Texas.

Woodturner and Cowboy pensFor the upcoming WNTX club meeting he will be assembling and completing the newly released Texas Longhorn Pen produced by the Kallenshaan Woods laser-cut pen company. During the last 5 years, Larry has made and sold almost every pen designed Ken Nelson, President of Kallenshaan Woods. Larry continues to be a local resource for this company in the North Texas area and beyond and gives input as new pen kits are designed by Kallenshaan Woods. At least four of these Longhorn kits, in process of being completed at the meeting, will be given away to club members. Larry will provide timely tips from his experience on assembling, gluing, turning and finishing these beautiful, hand crafted pens. With birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries coming up, this would be a great time to learn some new skills and produce gifts that would most meaningful to the receiver of a hand made gift.


August 2012 

Roy Odom

Topic - Vessel and Bowl Design


Roy Odom has been involved in working in clay since 1968. Until 2005, his was a part-time involvement in his chosen craft, but since his retirement from teaching he has been full time. He has been included in several competitions like The Rio Brazos Art Exhibition at Tarleton University, The Best of Texas Clay at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, and been juried into many art shows around the country. His work is currently available locally at The Weiler House in Handley and The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington.

His artist statement is:

I simply have to work in clay! Making ceramic art nourishes my soul and gives flight to the images and ideas derived from nature and the world around me. When I was first "smitten" with clay I knew I had to make it a part of my life. I suppose we all come to the things that flesh out our destiny in diverse ways... I took a course in clay in college and have never been able to wash the clay from under my fingernails or out of my spirit. Studying with some wonderful clay artists like Joe Delwaide, Roger Tufts, Karmien Bowmen, Mike Grafe and watching the work of countless others, I have been inspired to pursue and push the boundaries of my creativity...always reaching for a higher level. Over the years I delved into clay as much as another career would allow but now have a full time studio here in Fort Worth and am finally able to do what I have always known I should do – coax from the earth and submit to the fire the forms that live in my mind.

JUly 2012 

Joel Crabbe

Topic - Enhance Your Turnngs with Copper

Joel's Handout

Joel Crabbe Enhance Your Turnings with Copper0004Joel Crabbe Enhance Your Turnings with Copper0001Turners are increasingly using mixed media strategies to enhance their “round and brown” creations. Copper metal is a relatively unexplored material to complement wood turnings, although copper has been used for over 5,000 years to fabricate everything from pots to jewelry; from tools to weapons.

I will present the various shapes and forms of copper commercially available, methods of working copper metal, and the basic tools needed. Emphasis on the unique properties of copper will be covered. I will present specific examples of applying copper wire and sheets to turnings.
HOME CLUB: Brazos Valley Woodturners, Waco, Texas - Joel is a founding member of the Brazos Valley Woodturners and has been turning for about nine years. He is married to his high school sweetheart for 53 years and she is my most enthusiastic critic.

JUNE 2012 

Chas Thornhill

Topic - Artistic Solution for Cracks

 My love of woodturning started innocently enough in early June 2009 in Ketchikan, Alaska.  I was standing in an art gallery shoulder-to-shoulder with dozens of passengers crowded around a display of native crafts.

I had probably seen hand-turned bowls at other times in my life, but there in that gallery, I saw bowls and platters turned from native Alaskan woods and displayed, not as kitchen utensils, but as art.  The beautiful lines, rich colors and textures, and exorbitant prices captivated me.  And I uttered the words my wife has come to expect in just this sort of situation: “I bet I could make that.”

When we returned from that cruise, I wasted no time.  I dug an old Shopsmith out of mothballs (it was rusting away in a buddy’s barn) and cleaned it up.  I had never used it as a lathe before, so I had to find all the parts to make it serve that purpose.  I recognized that I had no idea what to do.  So I looked online for a class and found one scheduled at the Woodcraft store in Addison.  It was to be taught by a fellow by the name of John Horn.  You might know him.

I took his class and discovered in those few Thursday evenings a new and somewhat addictive art form that suited my particular aptitude for creativity, design, and motor skills.

I love turning bowls and vessels and enjoy in particular turning them out of what I call “distressed” wood.  Generally speaking, the wood I use is salvaged from dead trees that fell on their own, or trees that were blown down during storms.  I never shy away from cracks, spalted wood, wood with rotted areas and bark inclusions.  To me, wood with imperfections is the most interesting to turn.  Unfortunately, turning distressed wood often produces distressing results.  I end up with a lot of cracks in the bowls I rough turn and air dry. 

In an effort to save a particularly nice bowl that cracked during the drying process, I developed a technique I call “pre-inlay” using wooden dowels and aluminum or brass rods.   This “pre-inlay” technique has allowed me to save some lovely bowls that would have otherwise been too dangerous to finish turn due to the cracks running through their walls and bottoms.


2012 Programs   Demonstrator Subject
January John Williams  Designing the Perfect Bowl
February Marion McDaniel  Easter Bunnies
March Jimmie Gill Pepper Mills
Special Guest 4/21-25 Trent Bosch Sculpting Vessels
April Bill Kloepping Secmentation/Lamination
May Sharon Ayers Platters
June Chas Thornhill Artistic Solution for Cracks
July Joel Crabbe Enhance Your Turnings with Copper
August Roy Odom Vessel and Bowl Design
September Larry Maughan Kallashaan Woods pen kit
October Jim Tanksley Christmas trees
November David Marshall TBA


MAY 2012 

Sharon Ayers

Topic: Platters 

 Demo Handout Click Here

Demo Photos Click Here


ayersSharon Ayres was born and raised in Waco, Texas with her parents Bill and Evelyn Oliver and the middle of five children.  She now resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, David. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Sharon doesn’t have formal training in “The Art” per se, but art and the appreciation of any kind of crafts as art, is in her blood.  Sharon’s interest in Wood Turning was inspired through her father in 2003, he was a wonderful turner, mentor and role model.  Her education in woodturning comes from wood turning classes, symposiums, demos and many hours at the lathe.  She exhibits her unique style of woodturning by gathering bits and pieces of knowledge from professional turners, and a lot of good pointers from club members and demonstrators.   Sharon loves her family, has a passion for turning wood and is excited about helping others get enthusiastic about wood turning. 


Platters are an excellent opportunity to express your creative side by embellishing  the rim.  Sharon will be showing us how to turn, burn and paint the platter.  She learned this technique “Jerusalem Stone” from Eli Avisera in a class at Canyon Studio’s. 


Sharon belongs to the American Association of Woodturners,  Hunt County Woodturners, Dallas Area Woodturners, Golden Triangle  Woodturners and Woodturners of North Texas.

APRIL 2012 


Demonstrator : Bill Kloepping

Topic : Segmentations/Laminations

Click Here for Handout


Kloepping Laminated Stuff 6I am the publicist/photographer for the Hunt County Woodturners in Greenville TX (and the Instant Gallery photographer for SWAT for the last couple of years). I have been turning for about 10 years. I have recently retired from being a Systems Engineer at a defense contractor. My engineering and design background drives me to come up with unusual designs and techniques to do things with (and to) wood. I have developed a reputation for needing to abuse (cut and glue) all my wood before it ever gets near the lathe.

 For the demo I plan to demonstrate how I make laminated turning blanks that display multiple woods swirled together. I developed this technique about 7 or 8 years ago and have demonstrated it at numerous locations over the years (SWAT, various clubs in North Texas, New Mexico, and others). The demo will cover all tools and materials needed along with helpful tips and hints I’ve discovered along the way. I will also display a variety of things that these blanks can be used for. I also plan to demonstrate my newest non-traditional shop tool in a mini-informercial that will be of special interest to segmented turners (no, I’m not selling anything, just passing on an extreme (!) time saving technique).

MARCH 2012 

Demonstrator : Jimmie Gill

Topic : Pepper Mills

This is my 6th year as a wood turner. About eight years ago I built my workshop, thinking about a hobby upon retiring.   One day I went to our local Ace hardware store to pick up some tools.   While talking to the storeowner about my shop, he mentioned that there was a local wood turner that came in the store a lot.  I asked if he would give him my address.  One Saturday morning in walked Wayne Clowers, so we went to his shop and we turned a bowl.   Later he was turning a peppermill.  I was fascinated by the peppermill, so I ordered myself a dozen mechanisms and started turning peppermills.   I have been under Wayne's wings ever since.   Then I saw Max Taylor's peppermills and Max demonstrated how to make the laminated peppermills.   As a result of these two individual's influence, they have increased my knowledge of peppermills.

Here is a copy of Jimmie's Handout.


Demonstrator : Marion McDaniel

Topic : Easter Bunnies


Wood craftsman Marion McDaniel is a native of Georgia who has resided in Dallas for the past forty years. What makes Mr. McDaniel's talent and artistry so amazing is that he only began wood working a few short years ago. After an on-the-job accident seriously injured his back, he was forced to retire after twenty one years with Kroger Foods. While recovering, he decided to attempt to whittle a cane for himself since he now needed one to aid him in walking. His wife observes that, "Prior to carving that first cane, he had never carved, drawn, painted or even doodled on paper." That cane, however, was the beginning of a consuming pastime and he now spends his time crafting other beautiful works in wood. Mr. McDaniel has fashioned immaculate bowls, bottles, canes and walking sticks from a variety of fine woods, some with intricate inlay. The holiday seasons keep him busy creating his special wooden snowmen, which are each turned from a single piece of native Texas wood. The flaws and cracks that you may see in your snowman occur naturally in the tree and help to make each creation unique. He also makes Easter bunnies which he will demonstrate at this month's meeting.





Demonstrator : John Williams

Topic : Designing the Perfect Bowl

I figure I’ve made pots for about forty years and been in the clay business about that long. After college and the military, I did one smart thing and one not-so-smart thing. I got married and started teaching at a local college. The marriage has lasted forty years and the teaching lasted only four. 

Fourteen years ago the North Texas Area Food Bank asked Darlene and me if there was a way to have EMPTY BOWLS in Dallas. Well, it seems as if there was a way, and four years later, the Tarrant Area Food Bank asked the same question. Answers to all these questions will be revealed at the meeting.

During the demonstration, I will show you how I make a bowl and then take a leather hard bowl and trim and decorate it.  The process of trimming more closely relates to wood turning and we can discuss the differences in our problems.  During the demonstration I will explain why being involved with EMPTY BOWLS is especially related to my approach to making pots and perhaps give you some insight about the ways you work as a wood turner.