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Promoting the art and craft of wood turning in the greater Cincinnati area

 
 
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OVWG Exhibit at the Oxford Community Arts Center
 
Our 2014 Exhibit will open at the Oxford Community Arts Center on Friday, December 12 from 6-8pm.  There will be free snacks and refreshments as part of the opening reception.  Another exhibit opens at the same time.  
 
The OVWG exhibit will run through the end of January.  Please stop by to see work done by 22 of our members. We provided 63 items for the exhibit.  About 40 items will be on exhibit at any one time.  Since sales are allowed, the exhibit will be refreshed regularly.

  

AAW Scholarship
 
Congratulations to our member, Bill Weber, on being selected to receive an AAW Scholarship to Arrowmont!  

2015 AAW Symposium Volunteer Opportunities
 
Check out the list of volunteer opportunities for the 2015 AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA.  The list is under the Documents Tab in a folder titled 2015 AAW Symposium.  Opportunities include:  Packet Stuffing, Registration, AAW Product Sales, Video & Video Setup, Instant Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Youth Equipment & Training to teach the young people how to turn, Equipment Committee/Tool Room, Grinder Set-up/Tear Down, and Wood for the Youth and the Demonstrators.  See KC Kendall if you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers from the OVWG.
 
Beads of Courage Boxes
 
We will continue to accept Beads of Courage Boxes which David Wright will deliver to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The box should be 6 to 8" in diameter, 3 to 4" tall, and have an easily removable lid with a child friendly finial. The words "Beads of Courage" should appear somehow on the box, either wood burned, painted, or otherwise permanently applied.
 
This is part of a national program to provide seriously ill children with a box to store the beads that they are awarded when they complete any portion of treatment, testing, surgery, or other activity in the hospital.
 
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Monthly Meeting:  January 17, 2015.
 
Professional Turner:  Rudy Lopez
 
  

Rudolph has always had a love of natural objects and the environment in which they flourish. While growing up, he often visited his uncle’s cattle ranch near Tampa, Florida, with his father and uncles.  During these visits he spent many days in the woods with them.  He developed his creative eye through photography, his first artistic pursuit, and came to love the out-of-doors and all things relating to nature.  From that experience came his love of wood.  He has always enjoyed the creative process of making things with his hands.  Rudy loves everything about wood and from it he senses a warm welcome feel whether it is rough or smooth.

 

He began his relationship with wood over 40 years ago as a craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry. He has an education in drafting and design, many years working as a professional photographer, and draws inspiration from the surroundings of his youth. These experiences have resulted in a seamless flow into another creative endeavor - a transition into woodturning.  Woodturning provides him a way to bring out the sometimes hidden beauty of wood for others to enjoy.


Woodturning also gives Rudy the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for turning and the natural beauty of wood through demonstrating and teaching. He has demonstrated at many local club chapters and regional symposia across the country. He also teaches classes at The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, The John C. Campbell Folk School, and at his studio in Tampa. 


His energetic easy-going personality and his ability to explain woodturning techniques in a simple understandable manner has allowed Rudy to share his skills and enthusiasm for woodturning.  Whether captured with a lens, or crafted with a lathe, nature becomes art.


Rudolph’s work has been featured in several American Association of  Woodturners juried exhibitions at national symposiums and the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of Arts Emerging Artist Award in 2009, and was chosen as one of four international emerging artists of 2012 by the AAW. His work is currently displayed at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts Museum store, St Petersburg, Fl. 


To view more of Rudolph’s work please visit his web-site; Rudy Lopez.

   
Hands On with Rudy Lopez: January 18, 2015.   Sign-up & pay here: Rudy Lopez - Hands-on Workshop - 1/18/2015
 
        
         
 
  
 
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Monthly Meeting: February 21, 2015.
 
Professional Turner: Dale Larson
 
Dale Larson in his Shop
 

Dale Larson lives in Gresham, Oregon, where he spends much of his time as a woodturner.  He has been turning for over 35 years and specializes in turning bowls from local hardwoods like madrone and big leaf maple.   He sells his bowls in four art galleries: The Real Mother Goose in Portland, Oregon; Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle, Washington; The Wood Merchant in LaConner, Washington; and Appalachian Spring Galleries in the Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia area.


He has demonstrated bowl turning and sphere turning at four AAW Symposiums, the Ripon Symposium (England), and the following regional symposiums: Rocky Mountain, Vancouver BC, Utah, Tennessee, Georgia.  He has also demonstrated at   numerous local chapters of the AAW.   The John C Campbell Folk School has enjoyed his services as an instructor on three different occasions.   


Dale has published articles about wood and woodturning in the following journals: The American Woodturner, World of Wood, Woodworker West, and Woodturning Design.  


He is a past president of the Northwest Chapter of the International Wood Collectors Society.  He is a founding member of the Cascade Woodturners in Portland, Oregon, 
and has twice served as president.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Woodturners from 2009 thru 2014 both as Symposium chair and more recently as President.  Dale has just recently completed his tour as President of the AAW and comes to us fresh from that experience.

 

Side view of Larson Bowls   

 

Top view of Larson Bowls 


Larson Spheres  
 
Larson GobletsOblong Bowl  

 

 
Beads of Courage Boxes
 
We will continue to accept Beads of Courage Boxes which David Wright will deliver to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The box should be 6 to 8" in diameter, 3 to 4" tall, and have an easily removable lid with a child friendly finial. The words "Beads of Courage" should appear somehow on the box, either wood burned, painted, or otherwise permanently applied.
 
This is part of a national program to provide seriously ill children with a box to store the beads that they are awarded when they complete any portion of treatment, testing, surgery, or other activity in the hospital.
 
Empty Bowls
 
We will participate again this year in the Empty Bowl program that helps raise awareness and money to combat hunger.  Donate a wooden bowl no later than our October meeting. The bowls will be given to the organizers of the Empty Bowl Luncheon, which benefits the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.  At the luncheon, guests choose from amongst a collection of beautiful, handmade and hand-decorated bowls created and donated by Miami University students and Oxford area potters and by the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild.  After a lunch of soups donated by local restaurants, guests then keep their bowl to use or display at home and to serve as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world.  Homemade bread and desserts, and beverages donated by area businesses will also be served.

 
 
 

 
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.