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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.

Facebook Pages

Have you heard? We have a couple of Facebook pages!

FRWT Facebook Page

Front Range Woodturners facebook page has information about upcoming events, pictures of demos, and other general information about our club. Be sure to follow us!

LotL Facebook Page

Ladies of the Lathe also has their own facebook page with pictures of their events and notification of upcoming sessions!

Our Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting

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.

Tuesday, August 1st

Our demonstrator for August is Ashley Harwood.

Bio: Ashley Harwood currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she creates her work and teaches at her personal studio. She has demonstrated in a number of professional venues throughout the US and abroad, as far away as Australia. Her teaching focuses on fine spindle turning and the Push Cut method of bowl turning along with the 40/40 grind on a bowl gouge. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a focus in sculpture and installation, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her background in glassblowing. Ashley focuses on works that are completed entirely on the lathe, without carving, texturing, or burning. She uses simple, classic forms along with distinctive design elements that result in an approachable body of work with a high level of craftsmanship. Primarily, she makes utilitarian bowls, ornaments, and jewelry. Her teaching has a strong focus on tool control and sharpening.

Find out more about Ashley by visiting her website: ashleyharwood.net.

Demo Description:I will begin with a short slide show featuring examples of different designs that can be executed completely on the lathe. I will turn the outside of a bowl using the Push-Cut method. I will show various design elements that can be added to the rim and/or foot of a bowl on the lathe. I will use a bowl gouge, vortex tool, and negative rake scrapers to add details to the bowl and will demonstrate sharpening of all of these tools. I will talk about design aesthetics, e.g., bowl shape and curve, proportion of the foot, creating rim and foot designs that work together. I will briefly address how to sand the bowl without dulling sharp details.


Many thanks to the June Clean Up Crew Volunteers: John Chart, Dutch Van Maaren, and Ken Dunn.

The July Clean Up Crew Volunteers are: Don Prorak, Dana Seymour (his 2nd time this year!), and Bruce Perry.

New Members

There were two new members in June

    Stephen Balchunas
    James Duran



The June Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for June was homemade tools or tool handles. The winners were:

    Beginner: Carl Maccarrone with a Lignum Vitae
    Intermediate: none
    Advanced: Gene Wentworth

The turning challenge for July is Surface Enhancements.

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

The form for entering a piece in the show and tell of challenge is available as a single entry, or double entry form.



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