Oct 2015 Demo


Pyrography (WoodBurning)

by Janice Levi


Janice Levi, PaJanetlevi1st President of SWAT, will be our guest for the October 29th program about Pyrography 101, anLevi2d will follow up with two days of classes on Pyrography (Woodburning) at the shop of Dr. Jimmie Gill. Janice has been the President of the Gulf Coast Woodturners, the Brazos Valley Woodturners, and SWAT. She has demonstrated

making jewelry last year at SWAT and the WNT. This year her demonstration on Pyrography will open our eyes as to how it can be used to augment the surface decorations we might want to put on our vessels.    



Attendees will learn about the four types of pyrography tools with a demo of each.

They will learn about branding and art burning with demos of each.

They will learn where and how to find patterns and how to put them on wood.

They will learn of the basic burning techniques for the writing tip, skew, and shader.

We will talk about color on wood but it will not be part of the demo.

June 2015 Demo


“SWAT Demo - Natural Edged Bowl


Larry Roberts



                                           ARTIST STATEMENT


IMG 7016-2I have been an avid woodturner for 60 years, beginning in Colorado City, TX high school. I took an interest in the lathe to my shop teacher’s delight. He was an avid turner and was eager to pass his considerable knowledge on. This was the days before “free form” turning was conceived so I was trained in the “English/Conventional” craft which had strict rules for every aspect of turning, developed over hundreds of years,. The craftsman did NOT deviate from this narrow path. Most turnings were related to furniture, lamp bases and sometimes a simple functional bowl. I enjoyed lathe work and made a multitude of chairs, tables, beds and other turnings; all following the highly restrictive, exacting method of the day.


My older brother, Gary, invited me to a weekend gathering of a few turners, 15 or so guys. Clay Foster, David Ellsworth and a few others were doing something unheard of; freeform, artistic turning. These few artisans were happy to show the rest of us radical new techniques, designs, vessel shapes and types. Mostly they taught us to think about our craft in different ways, freeing our minds.


This meeting was at the beginning of the formation of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS. Little did any of know this would lead the formation local clubs in every state, regional and national symposiums, a movement leading to more than 7000 turners and a respected art form.


I enthusiastically adopted this new freeform method of turning/thinking. I now rarely use kiln dried wood. I enjoy using found woods. I salvage wood from fireplace piles, disposal yards, arborist, road side piles, and development sites; anywhere wood being discarded. I take great joy in transforming found wood into a vessel displaying unusual grain patterns. Or taking decaying (splatted) wood and exposing the wonderful patterns nature has produced. Frequently a discarded, ugly wood chunk will be beautiful inside. One never knows what lies inside a piece of wood. The challenge to the Turner is to reflect the wood in its best form and beauty. The dead cast off, unwanted and otherwise useless wood, is given new form, new life and desirability.   The process has given me tranquility, reflection, self-satisfaction and joy. Hopefully the finished vessel holds something special for the new owner. Often I am ask; “What do you put in it?” My response is simply; I have put a lot of love into it, you put whatever you want to.




May 2015 Demo


Anything Is Possible, One Stroke At A Time


Susan McNeill


MacNeillOur demonstrator for the May meeting will be Suzanne McNeill. Suzanne is often known as “the Trendsetter” of the arts and crafts industry. Dedicated to hands-on creativity, she constantly tests, experiments and invents something new and fun. Suzanne is the creative woman behind Design Originals, a publishing company dedicated to all things fun and creative. She is an artist, designer, publisher, TV personality, columnist, art instructor, author and lover of everything hands-on.


2015 Brought-In Nationally Known Turner

Jimmy Clewes Demo Highlights

April 2015


Jimmy Clewes - Coloering Handout

Bowl Curve

Ogee Simplified

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March 2015 Demo


“Hemisphere hollow form using the Bosch Visualizer

By Steve Worcester

Demo Bio Handout

SteveworchesterWill go over the steps to create one of my signature hollow forms including

Wood selection and mounting to a faceplate (or chuck), easy template creation using an Xacto and a compass and no math. Basic shaping using a side ground gouge as well as shear scraper usage. Hollowing using various forms from a captive system to an articulated hollower (no handheld hollowing tools are used) and using the visualizer for easier to achieve results. Will also go over some basics of chip ejection in hollow forms, types of hollowers (carbide vs HSS) After the basic hemisphere shape is cut and hollowed, we will go over the basics of reversing the form, centering and cutting away the waste using a vacuum chuck or low budget jam chuck.

Project supplies needed
Compressor, any size, but bigger is better.
Shop vac
White board or flipchart easel.
Vacuum pump setup
Jacobs chuck for tailstock