2017 Programs     


January 26

George Freeman on “What You Never Knew About Wood”

and Dr. John Blatman  on  “Wood Toxicity – Cause and Cure”  
February 23  Cheryl Darrow Metal Effects
March 30    
April 20 Harlen Butt  Metal Spinning
May 25

Alan Trout

CA Finish On Bowls & Vessels
Jun 29

Robert Edwards

Basic Fundamentals 
July 27 Drew Shelton Making a Femisphere
August 31

Neal Brand

Marketing Your Turnings
September 28

Cheryl Darrow

Classes- Ver-Day Surface
October 26

Charley Phillips

Embellishing Beaded Christmas Ornaments
November 30

Open Shop - Come early.

Chris Morgan

 Finishing - Chris, John Solberg & PeteTkacs
December 9 Christmas Banquet  

Nov 2017

 Finishing - Chris, John Solberg & PeteTkacs

Link to Demo Handout




“We will have 3 presenters talking about wood finishing. Chris Morgan will start out by giving a comprehensive overview of finishing options. He will talk about the solvents for the various types of finishes and the properties of these finishes, like durability, safety, and speed of application. He will bring his collection of finishes and show a number of options to choose from. Also, you will finally learn about the difference between shellac, lacquer, and varnish. The second presenter is John Solberg. John has done some testing on various finishes you will find interesting. How is one finish more or less durable than another; is one type of finish more susceptible to damage than another. John will show the results of his experimentation. And, finally, Peter Tkacs will demonstrate the Beall buffing system and why he likes it as a final step in putting a perfect finish on his turned objects.”

Sept 2017

Remote Demo - Hollowing

Lyle Jamieson

August 2017

Marketing Your Turnings

Neal Brand

Me at tree dedicationMy first turning project was a walnut lamp I made in junior high shop class.  My second project came 40 years later when I bought a lathe.  When I bought my lathe, I had no idea how to turn wood.  I tried to learn by reading a book, but progress was very slow.  Then I joined the Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth clubs and my learning increased dramatically both from club demos and talking to other members. 

During my talk/demo, I plan to discuss marketing online.  I think most turners at some point think about the possibility of marketing their work, if for no other reason, to help pay the bills from SWAT! About eight years ago while working full time I set up an online shop to sell my turnings.  I had no idea what I was doing, but somehow I managed to sell a few things per month.  I didn’t sell enough to pay for SWAT, but enough to buy an occasional tool.  During my demo, I’ll talk about a lucky break that increased my sales considerably and how I have maintained my sales so that I pay for SWAT (and more) through online sales.

I plan to illustrate marketing strategies with two examples, marketing Tibetan spindles and marketing spin tops.  I’ll discuss (among other things) options for setting up an online shop, photographing and describing your products, pricing, shop policies, wholesale markets, and the role of the web (social media, blogs, web sites, etc.) in marketing.  In the process, I’ll turn a tippe top and discuss the interplay between marketing, material choice, and turning techniques employed.

I live in Denton with my wife Shari. We have two grown daughters and two granddaughters.  I am a semi-retired UNT professor and when I am not working or turning wood, I enjoy hiking.  My brother and I have a goal of hiking at least 5 miles in each of the 50 states. As of the time of this writing we are at 19 and counting.

July 2017


Drew Shelton

Hand out

image001image002I got into woodworking intending to make furniture.  I had no interest at all in trying woodturning.  A fellow woodworker at my office signed up for a penturning class at Woodcraft and talked me into taking it with him.  I was instantly hooked.  Soon afterwards I bought my first lathe, which was in 2000, and started cranking out pens.  I took a bowl turning class at Woodcraft where there was a last-minute substitute instructor - Gary Roberts.  He told the class about the Central Texas Woodturners Association and the AAW, though he did not say he was instrumental in starting both.  He had some copies of his book with him, which made me realize there was a whole universe of possibilities I knew nothing about.  I had to buy one.  While I have made a few pieces of furniture since that time, my main focus has been turning

I have held multiple positions within the CTWA, including president.


June 2017

Turning Fundamentals

Bob Edwards


BobedwardsBob Edwards has been turning for what seems like forever. Living with a talented and creative wife he searched for an outlet of his own. Nothing seemed to satisfy until he discovered Woodturning. That was over 40 years ago and his enthusiasm has never dwindled. Not having the patience for pen making or segmented work he is content with just about anything else.

Bob's been a member of the AAW sense it's inception with a member number of 1210. Bob will turn just about anything that will stay together while turning but his favorite material is Mesquite.
Bob loves to travel and when he does he takes along some Mesquite to trade with turners along the way. He enjoys teaching and demonstrating to others but has a rather different approach. Rather than demonstrating how to turn one object he prefers to show how to use the tools to create your own forms.

His demonstrations are light hearted as he will sometimes deliberately make a mistake to illustrate a point. Bob encourages participation and discussion during his demos, it's like group therapy. He often learns as much from his audience as they do from him.

May 2017

CA Finish On Bowls & Vessels

Alan Trout


San Antonio, Texas is my home and I have lived in the area all my life. My home and studio are in the Tobin Hill neighborhood at the northern edge of downtown.

The last few years I have focused my work on what I like to call my “Syntho Organic” forms. I blend brightly pigmented acrylic resins with wood and other organic materials. All are finished with a glasssmooth or soft luster finish. My daily environment influences my work more than anything else. My family, the places I go, the things I see, and childhood memories all have a significant impact on my work. I like to think I see the “abstract” in my environment.

I pour a little piece of myself into everything that I make. I create for myself, but when others get enjoyment out of my work, it makes it that much better.


More info on Alan

Feature Artist AAW 2012

Woodturning Profile 2014

Woodturning Tea Break Profile

April 2017

Metal Spinning

Harlan Butt

Spinning Pic.1Spinning Pic.3Wikipedia describes the technique of "metal spinning, also known as spin forming or spinning or metal turning most commonly, is a metalworking process by which a disc or tube of metal is rotated at high speed and formed into an axially symmetric part. Artisans use the process to produce architectural detail, specialty lighting, decorative household goods and urns. Commercial applications include rocket nose conescookwaregas cylindersbrass instrument bells, and public waste receptacles."

My own experience in metal spinning is mostly self-taught after research, conversations with professional spinners and trial and error. Quite a bit of error. My first spinning was accomplished on a modified Rockwell wood lathe. Eventually, I found and purchased an actual small bench-top spinning lathe (Spin Shop) on Ebay which can turn up to a 12-inch disc.

Spinning Pic.2

Spinning Pic.4

Most of my spinning has been with copper, specifically 18-gauge (.040) C110 ETP (Electrolytic Tough Pitch) Copper. However, I have done some spinning with fine silver, sterling silver, brass, aluminum and pewter. Because most of my work is intended to be enameled, copper and fine silver are the best suited metals.

A simple open-formed bowl can be achieved with a single chuck. I turn these out of hard maple on the same lathe that I use for spinning. Of course, wood turning tools are different than spinning tools. For more complex shapes that curve back in, I was forced to spin the vessels in two parts and silver solder them together, resulting in a seam around the waist. This was usually successful but on occasion the solder seam would cause some of the enamel to flake off. Thanks to Neil Brand I am now able to spin at least one complex shape around a compound chuck which will then come apart after the vessel is complete.

My enameled vessels and other works have been exhibited internationally and they are represented in the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City , the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Denali National Park Visitor Center in Alaska, the Houston International Airport, the Wichita Center for the Arts, the National Gallery of Australia, the Cloisonné Enamelware Fureai Museum in Ama City, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

March 2017

Craig Timmerman

Multi-Axis Turning


Craig Timmerman is a full-time artist and production woodturner living in Austin, TX. He is a nationally-known woodturner and gives demonstrations and woodturning instruction. His program on “Multi Axis Turning” will give you an opportunity to explore the idea of making your turnings with an artistic flair. 

He picked utillerman2p woodturning in 1998 when he took a weekend class at a local store. After that weekend the wood working equipment in his shop ceased to be used for anything except woodturning. He has now expanded into using bent lamination (the process of gluing of thin strips of wood and bending them under pressure over a form) to augment his turnings and to produce new and exciting pieces.

tillerman3Craig's specialties include hollow forms, spheres, and non-round (e.g. square) turnings. Many of his pieces combine multiple turnings and bent laminations. He works primarily with reclaimed timber--trees that have come down in storms, trees being taken down for construction, and the occasional piece of firewood. Reclaimed timber is often filled with flaws of different kinds, such as cracks, bug holes, or voids. Rather than try to remove the flaws, he accentuates them by making them the focal point of the piece, filling them with crushed stone, or carving them into other shapes.

February 2017

Cheryl Darrow

Metal Effects

DSC 0093Cheryl has been active in the craft industry since right after dinosaurs ruled the earth. She is the author of "Metal Effects", the A to Z of METALworks (DVD & CD) and two Die Cut Art books.

As the owner of TENseconds Studio she conducts mixed media workshops all over the world. Her passion for arts include; calligraphy, PMC, working in metal, fabricating jewelry and showing others how to "metalize their worlds!" She loves to show people how to use her VerDay Paints and Patina which go on anything and everything. She has produced hundreds of videos on her website about metal embossing and VerDay Paints.

Her hobbies are collecting vintage printer’s type, yard art and old neon sign letters; which she stores in her studio. She has recently taken up wood turning and is able to combine her love of mixed media with wood. She lives in Texas with her husband, Ken and has two adult children. She has grandchildren but they have four legs and are extremely hairy. Her adult children do not understand that she wants the two-legged variety.

January 2017 Demo


George Freeman on “What You Never Knew About Wood”

and Dr. John Blatman  on  “Wood Toxicity – Cause and Cure”  

Demo Powerpoint Presentation - Click here

GeorgeFreemanGeorge Freeman Biography

Grew up in Boyd, Texas on the Trinity River Bottoms farm land and woods

Dallas Fireman for 45 years, retired in June 2015

Owner of Creative Concepts in Landscaping in Dallas for several years, which was a complete landscape/irrigation/stone laying business

Also had a companion nursery growing operation for trees and shrubs in East Texas at the same time

Enjoys woodworking and woodturning

Owns a sawmill and chainsaw mill used to cut specialty lumber sizes, slabs and beams

Spends a lot of the time in the woods gathering trees for the saw mill and logs to turn into turning blanks.