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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, November 7th

Our demonstrator for November is Bob Franklin.

Demo Description:Casting and Stabilizing Blanks.

Description: The demo will be 2 parts: Part 1 on stabilizing worthless wood and the benefits of stabilizing wood /burl and why and when you might want to. Part 2 on casting and making hybrid blanks. I will go over the process for both in depth and show the process we use to create our hybrid blanks -- these are two separate processes and they can be used individually or together to create some fantastic turning blanks from otherwise useless pieces. I will discuss all the material we use and tools needed for each process and if we have time I will also cast one blank showing that process and donate it to the group to be raffled off or done with as the group sees fit.

Beads of Courage Bowls

Thank you to Rick Fleming and Ed Cypher for volunteering to be our Beads of Courage coordinators! They will collect BOC bowls at each meeting and deliver them to Childrens Hospital in Aurora.


Many thanks to the October Clean Up Crew Volunteers: Steven Balchunas and Don Prorak.

The November: Dan Raatz and Scott Highland.

New Members

There were no new members in October



The November Newsletter is now avaliable.

Holiday Party

The Holiday party is Dec. 8th, and the last day to RSVP is Dec 1st. Don’t forget to sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BA5A72CA5FF2-frwholiday

We also need about 20 centerpieces made to hold electric tea light candles (I was informed that we don’t use “votive” candles which are taller). The shape, design, and size of the centerpiece is up to you, but I would think no larger than 5” or 6” overall size. A 1.5” diameter x 1/2” to 3/4” deep hole is perfect for holding the candles. Centerpieces are taken home by someone from each table at the end of the evening, so be sure and sign your work! A turned centerpiece is nice but not mandatory, as the centerpiece that I took home last year is flat stock with texture on the top and sides. If interested in making a centerpiece, please let Pat Scott know how many you will make. I’ll also have a signup sheet at the November meeting.

While you’re making a centerpiece, don’t forget to make an ornament for the ornament exchange. Also don’t forget that we have a live auction at the party for donated items to raise money for the PHEOG next year, so be thinking what you have to donate (nice wood, tools, a turned item, etc). We will accept credit cards this year for auction items.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for October was Coasters. The winners were:

    Beginner: No Entries
    Intermediate: Don Prorak
    Advanced: No Entries

The turning challenge for November is Square to Round Vase or Bowl.

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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