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2024 Saturday Demos & Hands On Classes

We have several interesting demonstrators and Hands-On classes lined up for 2024 and beyond.

 Podlets, Embellishing - 3/16/2024                   Bowls, Spindles, Sharpening - 4/20/2024                       Leaf Carving- 5/18/2024

Demonstrations 2024         _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Branching out with Podlets

March 16, 2024 - Greg Gallegos

OVWG monthly meeting starting at 9:00 am

Register online or check in at the door:  

Demo - green wood podlets, Microwave use, Embellishing - Greg Gallegos - 3/16/2024


Woodturned pieces from the functional to the sublime


At our next monthly meeting, Greg Gallegos will use green wood turning to create podlets from tree branches, review microwave drying, and demonstrate his embellishing techniques. He will show us how to create a podlet with a wafer thin head and bend a narrow stem without breaking it. On Sunday and Monday, he will teach classes elaborating on the above techniques. In class, you will get a chance to make your own creations using his methods.  

Register for Greg’s classes:   Podlet & Green Wood - Greg Gallegos - 3/17/2024   Embelishment - Greg Gallegos - 3/18/2024 


Podlets are an extension of natural edge goblets with a solid base and an organic top with a bark edge. Podlets are made from freshly cut branch wood, typically 2.5-4 inch diameter and 7-8 inch long. Preferably, the pith should be off center. If you cut branches that grow straight out from the tree, that usually has the best reaction wood in it.  Working from the top down, you can use a light to determine the thickness of the upper wall (1/16”), and use 45 degree cuts with basic gouges and a parting tool to create the stem.  This is a great project to refine your cutting skills.

According to Greg: “The thing I gravitate towards the most with the podlets is actually the rim. The bark is so thin that as it dries it wraps and twists, making each one of them different. Kind of like people, they all look kind of the same but are different individuals...and wouldn’t ya know it they all get along.”

“I desire to use the wood to create pieces that will speak to and make people feel warm inside with content. My inspiration truly comes from the wood itself in trying to bring out its own qualities”.

So, when you’re running short of large turning wood, grab a few branches and make it a go. You’ll learn more about the interaction with various parts of the tree, from the impact of knots to the use of reaction wood and off-centered pith.

Ask Greg if he is still the mayor of Podlettown…


Here’s a few examples of Greg’s embellishment styles:


Resources:   See more of Greg’s work…

 - Visit his gallery at

 - Watch his videos at           

 - View photos and follow him at


February Meeting


Special thanks to Bob Henrickson for his demonstrations of two intriguing creations using multi-axis turning, lost wood technique, and paper glue joints at the February meeting.  

If you are interested in some written instructions on these two projects, you can download the following PDF documents here:
 - Henrickson - Ribbles.pdf
 - Henrickson - Offset Multiaxis Plate.pdf

Want more?    
Sign up for Bob’s new hands-on class on April 6: “Plate with decorative offsets
                                 Plate with offsets - 4/6/2024

 —> Turn a different sort of plate using both multi-axis offsets and tilts to produce a striking effect, with a domed center for embellishment. Finish the back side of the platter by shaping an ‘ogee’ curve.

Also, see the “I Want More…” section below.  

View the slideshows below for meeting photos and member Show & Tell

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
 - Peyton Reed Obituary Peyton Reed Obit

 - February Newsletter February 2024 Newsletter


Kudos to OVWG members David Wright, Jess Parrett, Lynn Trump, Gary Terborg, and Dan Marmer as winners in the Woodcraft of Cincinnati Supreme Bowl Contest.
Meeting Demonstration Photos
2024-02-17 Bob Henrickson
Member Show & Tell
2024-02 Show & Tell
I Want More…

Offset Platters… Bob recommends the following resources:

 - Douglas Fisher - see examples 

 - Derek Wiedman -

 - David Springett -       His books include Woodturning Wizardry, Woodturning Full Circle, Woodturning Magic, and Woodturning Evolution. In Woodturning Wizardry, he made special devices and jigs for elliptical turning, “twisted” boxes, ornamental work, spoons, split-turning, streptohedrons, and other complex items

Paper Glue Joints…

Worried about hitting screws as you hollow a bowl blank? Want to minimize wood loss or prevent chuck marks? Paper glue joints allow you to fasten a sacrificial base to a bowl blank without placing screws in the blank. Screws are placed in the sacrificial board instead, which is attached using a paper glue joint. First, apply glue to both surfaces, insert a piece of paper into the joint, and then bring both pieces together. The paper should be porous, such as a brown paper grocery bags and not shiny non-porous paper, like from a magazine page, which won't allow the glue to penetrate the paper. Let it dry overnight. To separate the joint, place the tip of a sharp chisel directly on the paper joint and gently tap the chisel with a mallet. As the paper begins to split, don't try to pry the joint open. Use the chisel as a wedge and not a lever.


More…. Create and separate a paper glue joint -


Beginners Corner:

Here’s a few terms Bob mentioned during his demo that might be new…


What is a “Safe” or “Safety” Drive Center?

Safety Drive Center

Safe Drivers are mounted in the headstock with a Live Center in the tailstock. Pressure or friction between the outer rim of the safe driver and tailstock allow the wood to turn. If the turner gets a catch or “dig-in”, the wood merely stops spinning while the Safe Driver keeps turning, which is different than what you would see with the biting teeth of a spur driveAnother type of safe driver has a spring-loaded center pin that retracts under pressure and allows the workpiece to spin without splitting. By adjusting "cut-off” pressure, you can practice dig-ins to see what causes them and change your technique to prevent them.  

In between the safe driver and the spur drive is a Steb drive center. The steb drive center features a spring loaded center point and a serrated driving ring.
Steb Center Drive

A spring loaded steel center point keeps the point from drifting when penetrating the wood. By loosening the tailstock hand wheel, the spring loaded point will push the work away from the serrated ring collar. With less pressure, the work piece can slip if a catch happens, helping to protect the turner and the workpiece.  As the turner becomes more experienced, pressure from the tailstock is increased to grip the wood without slipping.  

chuck steb center can be held by the chuck without having to remove the chuck.  


Board Thickness

What is a 4/4 board?  This is a fraction that tells you approximately how thick the lumber is. While you might be used to seeing sizes like 2×4 in lumberyards for softwoods (fir, pine, cedar, etc.), the hardwood industry takes a different approach and names lumber thickness by quarters as established by the National Hardwood Lumber Association. The hardwood industry standard for lumber thickness is expressed as a fraction: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4 and so on.  A 4/4 (four quarters) board is approximately 1” thick.  A 5/4 board is approximately 1-1/4” thick.

OVWG Learning Center is located at Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus
6620 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, OH45213

The entrance to the Learning Center is on the South side of the building along Kennedy Ave., beside the loading dock.

Click here for map ---> Click here for a picture of the entry door to Learning Center--->


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AAW's mission is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.