We are all used to turning large blocks of wood, and even segmented turning, but this month we will learn to work with laminated turning blanks. Frank Penta will demonstrate how to design build and turn wood laminates at the July 12 meeting.
The meeting begins at our new start time of 6:45 pm at the NCSU CraftsCenter woodshop. Please bring no more than two pieces to be photographed and included in our instant gallery at the break, and members are also welcome to borrow items from the library and take part in our wood+ raffle at the end of the meeting.
"Creating laminated turning blanks is simple, enjoyable, and satisfying," Frank explains. "It does not require specialized equipment, and turnings made from laminated wood are quite eye catching. I will demonstrate how to design laminated blanks for handles, small boxes, bowls, plates, and platters and then show how I turn a laminated blank."
Frank has been involved in woodworking for most of his life, and began to focus specifically on woodturning in 1996. His work is in many private collections and sold through local galleries. His platters were featured in the "American Woodturner" journal Spring 2005 issue, and he wrote "Turning and Detailing Platter Bases" appearing in the same issue.
We are happy to advise that we have two new additions for the library this month from turners Mark Baker and Barbara Dill.
First up is "30-Minute Woodturning: 25 Quick Projects to Make" by Mark Baker
For any keen woodturners out there who want to do more turning but are short of time, this is the perfect book as it has an enticing variety of projects which can all be completed in 30 minutes.
- Jul. 12: Frank Penta - Designing and Turning Laminated Wood
- Aug. 9: Alan Leland, topic TBD
- Sep. 13: From log-to-bowl, demonstrator TBD
- Oct. 11: Trent Bosch -- Confirmed! (with day-long workshops 12-13-14)
- Nov. 8: Lars Nyland, topic TBD
WGNC members Norm Cloutier and Gene Presson will hold a breakout session next Saturday, June 23, to share what they've learned about using low-powered laser engraving tools to sign your work.
The meeting will be in our usual space at the NCSU Craft Center and run from 10:30 am to about 12:30.
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