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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, August 6th

Our August demonstrator is FRW's President Pat Scott.

Demo Description:Butterflies and Stitches

Wood movement is going to happen no matter what we do. If you use urban wood sooner or later you will have to deal with cracks, splits, bug holes, bark inclusions, and knots. If your roughed out bowl blank cracks during the drying process, do you throw it away? Burn it?

Depending on the size and type of defect there are many ways to deal with the flaw such as CA glue, glue and sawdust, epoxy, inlace, crushed turquoise, etc.

But maybe we shouldn’t view defects as a flaw, and should instead look at them as a feature to show off and draw attention to them. Or instead of trying to fill the crack with something, it might be better to leave it as is and just stabilize it.

In this demo I will show two methods that I use for dealing with defects. The first method is to inlay a butterfly patch, and the second method is how to stabilize a crack. Both methods are easy once you know how.


Many thanks to the July Clean Up Crew: Scott DeWeese, Andy Boudreau (2nd time this year), John Dunn

The August Clean Up Crew is: Sonny Jones (3rd time this year!), Gene Wentworth, Don Prorak (3rd time this year!)

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

Special Notice

FRW T-shirts and Polo Shirts

We will be taking orders at the June meeting for FRW T-shirts and Polo shirts. The T-shirts will say Front Range Woodturners on the left chest, and the Polo Shirts will have the FRW logo embroidered on the left chest.

Samples of both shirts were at the May meeting. Don’t let the low price fool you, both shirts are high quality! The T-shirts are 5.5 oz, 50/50 cotton/poly blend and made by Port & Company. The Polo Shirts are made by Port Authority, they are 5oz, 65/35 Poly/Cotton blend (silk touch). Roger worked on getting a bargain price for our club!

Prices are $12 for T-shirts and $20 for Polo Shirts. An order eForm is on the Group Purcahse page.

Stargate Certificate of Appriciation

At the June meeting, FRW member and Stargate parent Jeff Hill presented Don Prorak and the FRW Club a plaque thanking both for their help and involvement with the Stargate Academy woodturning program. Congratulations Don and FRW!

Look for the plaques to be hung next to the FRW clock near the front of the room.

Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium

2019 is the 21st year for the RMWT Symposium. Participants can select from over 42 rotations given by some of the best woodturners in the world. The presentations will have something for everyone, from the beginner to the professional. Come and get your Symposium “fix” and attend a local symposium in your own backyard.

The Symposium website has been redesigned and updated. The Symposium will be held September 13th-15th, and registration is open now. Register before August 15th and get a discount. For more information visit



The June Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for July was a something Tri-cornered. The winners were:

    Beginner: Larry Abrams (now Intermediate!)
    Intermediate: Roger Holmes
    Advanced: no entries

The turning challenge for August is a bug. Texture, color, dye, burn, paint, or other surface enhancements encouraged.

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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