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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

Tuesday, May 2nd

Our demonstrator for May is Tom Wirsing, who will demo:

A discussion of changing technologies in metals and grinders which are changing our choices of both tools and grinding wheels. In this demo I will sharpen both conventional tool steels (M2) and particle metal tools (CPM10V) with both conventional grinding wheels (Norton 3X) and Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN) wheels, turn some wood with each grind, and examine the grinds under a 300 power microscope, displaying the magnified grinds on the large-screen monitors, and discuss the differences in results.

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 April Clean Up Crew Volunteers: Tim Adair, Kay Shofner, and Don McDowell.

The May Clean Up Crew Volunteers are: Scott Thomsen, Vern DeGroot (his 2nd time volunteering this year!), and Gary Starritt.

New Members

There were five new members in April

    Donna Kitchens
    Deborah Batson
    Kelsey Batson
    Sarah Kensing
    Kim Stone



The April Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for April was natural edge bowls. The winners were:

    Intermediate: Ken Rollins
    Advanced: Grove Brown

March Raffle Wood Challenge:

    Don Rogers for his ice cream scoop

The turning challenge for May is boxes.

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. The cost is $30 per person which includes lunch. 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 signup sheet will be passed around at every meeting up to and including the June meeting. You can pay at a meeting, or fill out the payment form and send in payment to:

    Front Range Woodturners
    Raffan Demonstration
    P.O. Box 620605
    Littleton, CO 80162


A Collection of Richard's Work

Using a Skew


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