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About Front Range Woodturners

We are the Denver area chapter of the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) serving Woodturners throughout Colorado's Front Range.

We help Woodturners gain experience by providing monthly demonstrations with Professional Turners, a library, mentoring, a Ladies group (Ladies of the Lathe) and Youth mentoring, etc.

Everyone is welcome to join us at one of our monthy meetings to see what we are all about.

Our Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 7th

The next regular meeting will be the first Tuesday in March. Tom Boley from Kansas will be demoing a natural edge bowl cut on the bias.

A hobby woodworker all his life, Tom Boley became a woodturner in 1995. He founded Red Oak Hollow Lathe Works and has been a full-time custom woodturner since 2005, making turned items for both restoration and new construction, as he has added custom architectural woodturning to his arts and crafts work. His website is at http://www.redoakhollow.com/

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:15 to 9:00 PM in the basement of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.
Visitors and new members are always welcome.


Many thanks to the February 7th Clean Up Crew Volunteers: Doug Stearns, Gary Starritt, and Dana Seymour.

The March Clean Up Crew Volunteers are: Tim Berney, John Peterson, and Vern DeGroot.

New Members

February had 4 new members...

    Finn Agenbroad
    Peter Cozens
    Joe Garcia
    Jeff Spahr

... and one returning member!

    Jeff Burke



The February Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

February Turning Challenge: Bottle Stoppers

    Beginner: Robyn Herman
    Intermediate: Mike Skiba
    Advanced: Bob Franklin

February Raffle Wood Challenge:


There were still no winners in the raffle wood category! If you don't enter, you can't win!

Perpetual Turning

Perpetual Turning Winner: Dale Sherman's natural edge bowl was picked up by Bob Franklin.

March Turning Challenge:

The March turning challenge will be hollow forms - 1 piece or 2 piece!

Everyone is encouraged to bring in a turned piece to share in the Instant Gallery, regardless of the turning challenge for that month.

Shop Tours

Scheduled Shop Tours

February 18th , 8AM sharp

Austin Hardwoods - 975 W. Mississippi Denver, Co

Austin Hardwords is welcoming us into their facilities to get a behind the scenes look at everything they do. They would like us there at 8AM so that they can begin the tour on time and be able to show us everything!

Special Notice

June all day demo with Richard Raffan

Richard Raffan is coming to Colorado for a couple of days before going to Kansas City for the AAW symposium. He will be giving an all day demo on Saturday June 17th at the Woodcraft in Loveland, and has agreed to do another all day demo on June 18th (Fathers Day) at Rocklers in Denver. I'm still working out the details, but it looks like the cost per person will be $30 which includes lunch. If we get enough people to attend on Sunday, the cost could drop to $25 per person. If you are interested, please email the FRW President at president@frontrangewoodturners.org

Richard Raffan

Richard Raffan has been turning wood professionally since 1970. During a day-long seminar Richard will turn a range of bowls, some spindles, a cross-grain box, a tray, and an endgrain box with a suction-fit lid. As he turns using standard gouges, chisels and scrapers, he'll explain in detail what is happening as work proceeds and why. He'll show you how to have a catch whenever you want. Working with less than perfect blanks so you'll see how Richard overcomes problems that confront all turners.


A Collection of Richard's Work

Using a Skew


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