January 2014 Demo


Segmenting Turning Techniques

By Dale Green



Dale Green, of Aledo, will present our January program on “Segmented Turning Techniques”.   Twenty years ago Dale started turning segmented vessels and though he spent about five years turning green wood, he limits his turning activities now to only exploring the world of segmented objects. Using the table saw with a special sled that he has designed to cut the segments, he composes how each piece of the vessel fits his design with the aid of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program.


Cutting really small pieces on the table saw can sometimes result in surprising and even dangerous kickbacks. Dale has developed a special technique that has been extremely successful to eliminate these kickbacks.


As a result of Dale’s hobby, his vessels have been given or donated to some of the most important people or organizations you can imagine. None of his work has been for sale because he gets his reward from “Psychic Pay”, which is worth more to him than anything else.



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February 2014 Demo


Open Shop

By Everyone

Are you ready for Super Thursday, February 27th?    

Lathes and equipment setup time will start at 2:30 PM

Starting at 3:00 PM until 6:00 pm OPEN SHOP starts with plenty of Mentors to help you with your turning problems.  Bring your tools and a piece of wood you might want to work on and visit the sharpening station to learn about sharpening your tools.

At the same time SWAP, TRADE AND SELL  starts from 3:00 PM until the items you bring are all gone.  Bring your items you no longer want and swap, trade, or sell them during the Super Thursday meeting.  Have the items plainly marked with the price you want for them to help you increase your sales.

Since you might care for something to eat during the event, hot dogs will be available for $1.00 with chips and a drink for another $1.00.  Please bring small bills ,no large bills, since our Treasurer is not a real banker with loads of change.

At the regular meeting time, 6:30 PM,  the program will be TIPS AND TRICKS with several of the WNT members sharing ideas, gadgets, techniques and tools you may find useful in your shop.  You will be amazed how the simple ideas of someone else can improve the quality of your shop time.


April 2014 Demo

Bowl for a Board

By Jim Bob Burgoon

burgoon1Jim Bob is a graduate of West Texas State University with a degree in Industrial Education. He oversaw the Woodworking class at Levelland High School from 1983 to 1998. He then served the Lubbock Independent School District teaching Technology Education at two middle schools until his retirement in 2011. During his teaching tenure, numerous students competed in the Technology Students Association’s regional and state project competitions. He was named regional outstanding teacher by the South Plains Industrial Teacher Association three times during his teaching career.


            southwest layered bowl burgoon 640x556Jim Bob joined the South Plains Woodturners upon its inception in 2006. He has served in the capacities of club librarian, Treasurer, and is the current President of SPW. With his extensive background in woodworking, Jim Bob has demonstrated numerous times for his local club. He has also demonstrated for the Panhandle Area Turners Society (PATS) in Canyon, and most recently for the Mountain Top Turners in Ruidoso, New Mexico.


            Since retirement in 2011, Jim Bob has opened a woodworking shop. He does a wide variety of woodworking activities from turning to custom pistol grips! He recently acquired a Powermatic 3520B. He annually turns commemorative baby rattles for Monterey Church of Christ’s Family Commitment Sunday. He has lived in Lubbock since 1985. He is married, with two children.



March 2014 Demo


The Art of Thread Chasing

By Mike Gray

mikegray 2 480x640 About me:   I have lived in Tyler for over 30 years. I have been married to my lovely wife, Gail, for 32 years. I have served in the U.S. Air Force. I retired from the Tyler Police Department in 2011, And currently work for Tyler Junior College as a Police Officer.
mikegray 4 480x640Woodworking History:   I have worked with wood in various disciplines for many years. I have been woodturning for just over 2 years. I began turning due to an accident involving my table saw. While I was healing I started playing with my lathe (less chance of re-injuring my hand.). I found my true woodworking love in turning, and as they say "The rest is history."
Philosophy:   My Philosophy is simple. I believe that God has given each of us gifts, and that when he made the tree He did the best He could. So I believe we owe it to him to do the best we can with those gifts. I love to learn, as well as share what I learn. I feel that this is one of the greatest traits of this community.
Specialties: Hand Chased Threads in Wood, Fine Finials, And various Tool Techniques.
Accomplishments:   I have been fortunate in my short career. I have several art pieces in collections in South Africa, Las Vegas, and numerous pieces locally. I have been chosen to show in local juried art shows. I have been commissioned, and donated, two pieces to a local charity auction. And have just started doing demonstrations.

June 2014 Demo


“Open Shop and Tips

by Everyone


Are you ready for another exciting Open Shop with Hot Dogs, Swap and Shop, and Tips and Tricks Super Thursday on June 26th?

Starting at 3 PM until 6 PM our Open Shop will be your opportunity to visit with our Mentors and learn hands on about the things in which you are interested. There will be a number of lathes stationed about our meeting room with someone who can help you with just about anything you want to learn. There will be a couple of sharpening stations with Mentors to help with your tool grinding issues. Several lathes stations will feature everything from bowl techniques, skew techniques, spindle issues, hollow form techniques, segmented turning issues, and much, much more.

Hot Dogs and drinks will be available for purchase to ward off that nagging hunger you might get during the long special day.

Got surplus tools, and any item of value that you don’t need any more? Put a price on them and offer them for sale during the Open Shop or the meeting to follow.

If you have Tips or Tricks you think others might like to use, call John Horn at 817-485-7397 so he can arrange to put you on the program for the club meeting following the Open Shop. We would like to hear from you about the things you have found useful around the shop. We all have some idea or item we can show to others that would make their woodturning experience better. Your presentation should not be more than about 5 minutes or so because we expect a number of our members to show a wide variety of items or ideas that others may not have experienced. Even if your idea is not your own, but you found it useful, share it with the rest of us. Help us celebrate the experiences you have had in your woodturning adventure.