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Inside Out Turning & Other Stuff
Home Grown Meeting April 19, 2014
The April meeting will be a homegrown meeting, which, for you newer members, means a demonstration by some of our highly talented members.
The demonstrations will include: The inside out story on inside out turning by Dave Kratzer, Finishing techniques by Mike Pankion, and the Robo Rest sharpening jig by Don Stephan.
The June contest is to make an inside out turning. So, Dave's demonstration will give you some good ideas of what you might turn and how to do it. Mike will show you how to finish it and Don will make sure you use sharp tools.
Dave Kratzer: Dave is a multi-skilled craftsman who has had a long and varied career. He has worked as a draftsman, photographer, aircraft & powerplant mechanic, business owner, flight instructor, charter pilot, cabinet maker, carpenter, furniture builder, general contractor, computer programmer, IT manager and recruiter. Dave is now retired and is enjoying his workshop and artistic pursuits.
Dave joined OVWG in 2005 and owes much of his woodturning skill to the open sharing of the OVWG membership. He has attended many 'hands on' classes as well as two week long classes with well known pro turners Clay Foster and Chris Ramsey. One of his week long classes was partially financed by an OVWG Scholarship. To see his write-up of that class click here.
Finishing on the Lathe
Mike Pankion: Mike is a full time woodturner with over two decades of woodworking experience. In juried shows, he has been the recipient of several awards for "Best of Show" and "First Place honors" for his bowls, vases, hollow forms and art forms.
He will be demonstrating how he finishes his turnings on the lathe. When it comes off the lathe it is done.
Product Review and Demo


Enjoying nature and working with wood most of my life, and running out of career opportunities, I became a struggling full time woodworker in 1994.  My first lathe experience was in eighth grade shop class, and have occasionally turned table legs, but began turning bowls about three years ago.  With another eight or ten years of practice, I hope to become proficient.


My primary inspiration is Richard Raffan and his ability to make useful and attractive bowls efficiently.  But using Mike Darlow’s setup guides and Lee Valley’s Veritas grinding platform, I couldn’t begin to approach the efficiency with which Raffan could sharpen tools and get back to turning.


About a year ago I saw a video of the Robo Rest grinding platform developed by Reed Gray, aka Robo Hippy on several woodturning forums.  At the April meeting I will do my best to show how this platform allows one in seconds to accurately change sharpening angles (in 5 degree increments) and sharpen roughing, spindle, and bowl gouges, scrapers, diamond parting tools, and skew chisels without interrupting work on the lathe.


There are two versions of the Robo Rest.  I have the one that is screwed to the grinding station platform, costing $50.  OVWG was given the other version that slips in the Oneway Wolverine sleeve, which costs $75.  Shipping and handling is $10.  They can be ordered at   



Reaching by Dave Kratzer, first place in OVWG Advanced Class Pool Que" contest June 2011
Study in Ash by Dave Kratzer, OVWG Honorable Mention, "End Grain Vessel" contest January 2009.
Inside Out Angel Ornaments by Dave Kratzer

OVWG is proud to be one of 350+ worldwide chapters of the American Association of Woodturners 
We encourage you to join this fine organization.
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
            AAW's mission is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.