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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, February 5th

Our demonstrator for February is FRW member Sonny Jonesn who will demo a Vortex Bowl.

Demo Description:

My demo will be instructions for how to design, cut, and assemble a segmented dizzy or vortex bowl.

The vortex bowl is similar to a bowl from a board, except it is a bowl from several boards or panels. These boards or panels are assembled from thin strips of contrasting woods. Think of a segmented bowl on steroids, In the demo I will address every step required for this project starting with resawing boards into thin strips, gluing them to make the boards or panels, cutting rings to make layers within the bowl and assembling rings into a bowl that may be turned into a finished bowl.

I will show examples of each required step within the project, I will also have a couple of glued bowls and will, if time allows, turn one to completion.


Many thanks to the January Clean Up Crew who volunteered on the night of the meeting!

The February Clean Up Crew is: Sonny Jones (for his own demo!), Henry Williams, and Gene Wentworth.

New Members

There was one new member in January!

  • Gary Gustafson

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 Applications

A reminder that the application deadline for the Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant is February 15th. Individuals can apply for up to $1,000 to attend a symposium, workshop, or class.

A “return benefit” to the club must be given within 1 year. Examples of giving back can be: a demo at one of our monthly meetings, write an article for the newsletter, or give a short presentation at a meeting talking about and showing what you made in class.

Be sure to carefully read the requirements and fully answer all questions. Any question left blank will void the application, and once submitted all applications are final.

Applications are available here. If you have any questions or problems contact the PHEOG Chair Jay Miller.



The January Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for January was Anything made from a cast blank. The winners were:

    Beginner: Ryan Custer
    Intermediate: No Entries
    Advanced: Bob Franklin

The turning challenge for February is Segmented Pen.

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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