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January 21, 2017 - Monthly Meeting
Home Grown Demonstrations and Contest
OVWG member Dick Gerard and Doug Thompson will be our demonstrators.
Dick lives and wood turns in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He has been turning since 1981 and has been affiliated with AAW since its beginning at Arrowmont  in 1985.  From Dick's website Treasures from Trees you can learn more about Dick's journey through the world of wood turning.
Dick will take us through the creation of a sphere or two and as time permits, decorate the spheres.  Examples of his works are found on his Treasures from Trees website.

Doug thompson
Doug Thompson, of Thompson Lathe Tools will be discussing  several aspects of Thompson Lathe Tool creation:  What they are and how they compare to other turning tools that are available in the marketplace. 

In Doug's words, "In the beginning I tried many different tools, I found one but they wanted 2 times as much as the highest priced tool on the market. As a machine repairman by trade and a good machinist the only thing to do was to make the best tools on the market, this was very easy to do. What started with a single design would grow with the help and support of woodturners across the country.
  To each and everyone I say thank you."
Continuing Doug will present an introduction to sharpening for all those new and seasoned turners.  Doug will explain why he chooses to sharpen his tools in the manner he has developed.

Doug will explain why sharpening with a convex secondary grind is important to adding that "something special" to your next turning creation.

Doug will have his tools available should you wish to trade some of that "green" you accumulated during the holidays for a new turning tool.



There are three rules for the contest this month, read them carefully to ensure your entry qualifies.
  1. Turn an object
  2. Apply color to the object
  3. See rule #1 and rule #2
The winner's in each of the three categories (novice, advanced, masters) will be richly rewarded with the following:
  • A ribbon suitable for display
  • Bragging rights until the next contest
The first place winner in each category will be advanced to the next category for future contest entries.

February 25, 2017
NOTE:  This is the 4th Saturday of the month
Professional Demonstrator
Robin Costelle
Robin Costelle
Robin Costelle has been a hobby woodturner since 2003. He has run the gamut from pens and bowls to large complex segmented vessels and beautiful hollow forms. He has also dabbled in pottery and musical instrument making, as well as furniture. He has been teaching and demonstrating for several years in and around his home state.  Robin lives on a small farm outside Fern Creek, Kentucky with his wife and three children and is a member of the Louisville Area Woodturners.
During the demonstration Robin will create a two piece hollow form describing tool and grind considerations as he develops the form.  Robin will continue with finial turning and the creation of "open" segmented pieces.
Hollow FormFinialsSegmented Form
On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Robin will work with the Hands-On class on one or more of the demonstrated pieces as time allows.  You can register for the Hands-On class now Hands-On Class - Robin Costelle
"Though it’s hard to believe, Robin doesn’t have his work in any galleries. He does, however, sell to private collectors on occasion. One of the things Robin likes best about woodturning is teaching. He is committed to helping new turners develop their skills and gives demonstrations around Kentucky and neighboring states. When asked what advice he has for new turners, he tells me, “The one thing I stress to any turner in my demos is practice. Learn the technique and get in front of the lathe and practice. By repetition the hands will learn what the mind wants and it will become automatic. It's like learning to play the banjo. I also stress the fact that you never stop learning the craft and varying your approach. What I do today is how I do it now- tomorrow it may be slightly or completely different.” " ..Bob Rotche
To see more of Robin's works, visit his website Robin's website.
Bring those pieces you have been working on these winter months for the "Show and Tell" portion of the meeting.  There are too many hidden talented turners who do not share with us their works of art.
The meeting will begin at 9 am in the Kennedy Heights Art Center - Lindner Annex conference room.
We are meeting on the 4th Saturday of February because ArtsWave (one of our benefactors) is having a city wide celebration of the many arts organizations they support on the 3rd Saturday and the Kennedy Heights Art Center will be an active part of the celebration.

OVWG Learning Center is located at Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus
6620 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, OH  45213 

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OVWG is proud to be one of 350+ worldwide chapters of the American Association of Woodturners 
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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.