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OVWG Exhibit in the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center
Over 50 wood turned items will be exhibited in the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center, in the main entry hall, from August 5 through October 1. A wide variety of items will be on display: bowls, platters, hollow forms, boxes, urns, pendants, "every day" functional items, and some pieces that can only be described as "artsy"!  
We had a good turn out for the opening night.
After the opening event, the exhibit can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 Noon to 5pm.

October 15, 2016 - Demonstrator
Jimmy Clewes

Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner.  Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in the woodturning demonstration circuit.

Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Association of Woodturners. He has over 22 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator and teacher takes him all over the world including his homeland of the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Belgium, Australia.


It was not long after leaving school at the age of 16, Jimmy attained an apprenticeship in engineering and decided to further his studies by attending Manchester Polytechnic in Manchester, England. He received a 2:1 Honours Degrees with special emphasis on learning 3-Dimensional Design. With that focus, he began to specialize in designing and making furniture which was influenced by Japanese tools and design.


It was during his time in college that his interest in woodturning was rekindled. The combination of his college education, his limitless imagination and his professional skills was a perfect fit for Jimmy to pursue his creative abilities as a woodturner and to take that ability to the next level.


When asked what drives him, he shares, “My energy comes from those around me. When I can stir the creativity of one’s mind, that for me is very satisfying. As with any artform, expression is only limited as one’s mind and I want to ‘raise the bar’ and create an awareness of the artform that has been virtually unknown to most people.”


As an avid sportsman and adventurer, when he is not busy teaching and demonstrating, you will find him expanding his creativity by exploring nature and enjoying the beauty of the desert. Or you might find Jimmy in his new workshop in Las Vegas creating innovative woodturning designs.


Jimmy is the first to acknowledge that personal tutelage is by far the best way to learn. However, since that is not always possible, he released the critically acclaimed DVD Turnaround with Jimmy Clewes which sold thousands of copies around the world. The then released a 3-box set DVD Turn it On with Jimmy Clewes that incorporates a range of new projects and some fascinating extra features from technical tips to a special trip to a Roman museum. A second 3-box set DVD, Turn it Up with Jimmy Clewes that includes new projects and discusses various methods of mixing and using colors. A third 3-box set DVD, filmed in High Definition Widescreen, Turning the World with Jimmy Clewes includes projects filmed in Norway, Scotland and the United States with special features including the renowned Norway Woodturning Cruise. Back to Basics with Jimmy Clewes a 2-hour single High Definition DVD answers questions in detail on many topics he is often asked during his travels and includes three detailed projects perfect for the novice turners.

To see more of Jimmy Clewes's work go to his website;  Jimmy Clewes Website
Registration is open for the Hands-On class on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  The class will be held in the OVWG Learning Center from 9 am to 5 pm. Hands-On Class - Jimmy Clewes - 10/16/2016
Registration is open for the 3-day class Monday -Wednesday, October 17-19, 2016.  The class will be held in the OVWG Learning Center from 9 am to 5 pm daily.  See the following to express your interest in registering for the 3-day class.  Jimmy Clewes 3-Day Class

November 19, 2016 - Demonstrator
Dennis Paullus

It is all about the wood. I have always been a builder and a maker, but it was not until I was given a wood lathe by my parents in 1997 that I discovered the world of woodturning.


I am especially passionate about working with large pieces of green wood and their uninterrupted, flowing grain patterns.  Green wood has its own set of special needs, notably needing approximately one year of air drying time for each 1” of log thickness . 


I have always liked wood for its integrity, strength, and versatility; now I am also in love with its varying grain patterns, colors, and its deeper, more spiritual aspects. I never get tired of wood’s beauty. I work hard to honor and celebrate wood and its character in each piece I create.

Additional information from Dennis Paullus:

I’m a Woodturner. Woodturning started as a hobby for me in 1996 when I received a lathe for Christmas. This started the wonderfull journey of learning and discovery for me into the world of woodturning. I have always been a maker it seems. I began drawing and modeling clay at a pretty young age. I was a carpenter’s helper one summer at 15 years old. That was to lead to a lifetime into construction where I continued my thirst for making and building. I eventually did less and less making than I did organizing and planning as it became more of a job than a passion.

Woodturning returned me my passion for making and working wood with my hands again. I make functional and sculptural work and the carving and embellishing of these objects has become a big part of my work today.


Teaching and Demonstrating is a logical result of my journey too. Sharing the techniques of turning and carving have become very full filing and satistiving, These techniques were freely taught to me by others as part of the woodturning mission statement which I strive to continue.


As I start my 20th year of this journey of sharing and teaching I find that my passions have not dimmed but burn ever brighter with every year.

Registration will be open for Dennis's Hands-On Class in September.
Visit his website to see more of his work:  Dennis Paullus Website

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 
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.