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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, June 4th

Our June demonstrator is FRW's very own Don Prorak.

Don Writes:

This will be my first woodturning demo, and my “thank you” to Front Range Woodturners for the PHEOG grant that allowed me to take a 3-day workshop with Keith Gotschall at his shop in Salida, CO. I chose Keith because he is an excellent, creative turner. I also felt I could learn a lot from his teaching style to make me more effective in my role as the FRW Youth Mentor Chair.

I began turning tri-corner pieces about 3 years ago after seeing a video from Gwinnett Woodworkers. I made several variations on this concept, but was always looking at the other corners that were turned away. My first double tri-corner was a tea light holder. After Jimmy Clewes’ demo last year, I got inspired to explore the idea further and made some bowls that also had double tri-corner handles on the lid. I’ve also made a hollowform, napkin rings, etc., and recently started adding a captive ring. I have a few more variations in mind for future projects, and want to encourage everyone to think outside the bowl!

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is deciding which ones to keep.”


Many thanks to the May Clean Up Crew: Henry Williams (2nd time this year!), Scott Highland and Jay Miller

The June Clean Up Crew is: Sonny Jones (2nd time this year), Jay Miller (2nd time this year and back-to-back months), Vern DeGroot

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

FRW T-shirts and Polo Shirts

Our Group Buy Chair Roger Holmes has been busy researching pricing and styles for FRW T-shirts and Polo shirts. Roger is looking at having the T-shirts say Front Range Woodturners on them, and having the FRW logo embroidered on Polo shirts.

We hope to have a sample made up of each shirt by the June meeting so you can see what they look like before ordering. T-shirts will be the same high quality shirts as sold at the RMWT Symposium.



The June Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

The turning challenge for May was a clock. The winners were:

    Beginner: Rick Cantwell
    Intermediate: Ron Kaemingk
    Advanced: Don Prorak

The turning challenge for May is A small bowl with a non-standard foot similar to what Merryll Saylan demoed. 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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