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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

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, May 7th

Our May demonstrator is Merryll Saylan from Louisville, CO.

Merryll is an artist. If she isn't working with wood, she would be drawing, painting, bookmaking or cooking. All of those take practice, dedication, working with your hands and creativity.

Merryll has been a professional woodturner for over 40 years, and a member of AAW for 33 years. When she first started turning: “…Her approach to turning was … different from that of many peers. Her interest in the "rules" was minimal, and her bold explorations, including combining materials, and the of surface texturing and color, set her apart…”.

Merryll’s work is documented in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and her artwork is held in the collections of many major museums, and on display at the U.S. Embassy in Fiji where she taught in 2004 as part of an International Art Program.

In 2009, Merryll was selected as the AAW's Professional Outreach Program Merit Award honoree, in recognition of her contributions as an artist, teacher and leader in the field of woodturning.

Demo: Multiples: turning a set of small bowls.

Using the screw chuck for mounting and for reverse chucking. Simple & easy techniques.

Color – Choosing material based on wood choice. How to finish.


Many thanks to the April Clean Up Crew: Andy Boudreau, Don Prorak (back to back months!), and Ron Kaemingk.

The April Clean Up Crew is: Henry Williams (2nd time this year!), Scott Highland and Jay Miller

Remember to bring any unsuspecting acquaintance, and you can receive a gift card if they sign up!

Board Meeting

The next Quarterly Board Meeting will be Saturday, March 30th at 9:00 AM in the basement of Rockler. Everyone is welcome, and there are usually donuts!

Special Notice

PHEOG Awards

Congratulations to the following recipients of a 2019 Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant!

  • Dale Sherman - Take a class with Steven Hatcher at Marc Adams School
  • Dave Hawley - Take a class with Michael Hosaluk at Anderson Ranch
  • Kreg Hamburger - Pay for a semester at Red Rocks
  • Larry Abrams - Attend Oregon Symposium
  • Steven Maikel - Take a Trent Bosch class



The May Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for April was End Grain Turning. The winners were:

    Beginner: Larry Abrams
    Intermediate: Kim Komitor
    Advanced: Robert Franklin

The turning challenge for May is a Clock.

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.

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!


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