WGNC member and inventor Jim Duxbury will be our demonstrator at the April 13 meeting of the guild, sharing the secrets behind his latest creation called "Illusions."
The 7pm meeting will again be at the NC State Crafts Center in Raleigh, and include a member raffle, instant gallery and critique. Members are invited to bring up to 3 pieces to be photographed and critiqued in the gallery.
Jim is the kind of guy who thinks "out of the box." His turnings are unique and he seldom turns the same thing twice. With the help of his pet parrotlet, “Bean” creativity abounds - all sorts of fine turnings are made from small bottle stoppers to bowls, bud vases, trays, furniture, kaleidoscopes, turned wooden hats, pens, and even a working Foucault Pendulum. Jim’s kaleidoscopes are a signature item, custom designed and the recipient of numerous blue ribbons. Although Jim quit working in 1996 and has claimed to be retired, he has since obtained two U. S. Patents.
Illusions --- This decorative four-center turning reveals the basics of much more complicated and fascinating possibilities. The illusions are all turned on a faceplate with a minimal number of tools and expense. Designs can be the same cuts on both sides, just offset as shown here, or a more complicated design can be achieved with 12 or more centers involved. Smaller versions can be turned on mini lathes making it is an excellent project for a novice turner to hone skills. The more detailed pieces are drawn first to get precision and accuracy.
If you have a good eye and some skill behind the camera, WGNC needs your immediate help filling in for our usual club photographer at the April and May meetings.
Lars Nyland, who usually can be seen shooting stills for our gallery at the back of the room at each meeting, will not be available for the next two months. We also need someone to replace his back-up, who has moved out of state.
The job entails organizing and numbering the pieces, getting members to detail what they've brought, shooting each item on a photo background the club owns, and organizing them for the critique at the middle of the meeting. The photos are shot digitally (need your own camera) and either shared online or by rotating a memory card with one of the club officers. (Norm)
The work means you can't pay close attention the first half of the meeting, but it provides a much needed service to the guild and is a great way for a member to give a little back to the club.
The American Association of Woodturners has just launched AAW Explore!, a new member resource that makes accessing the most extensive online woodturning library in the world, quick, easy, and customizable.
More than 2,500 items make up the collection, including articles from thirty years of the American Woodturner journal and AAW's cumulative collection of complementary publications.
WGNC is happy to offer new T-Shirts promoting the club. These sand-colored cotton tees bear the club logo fully emblazoned across the back with a smaller version where a pocket might be. As turners, we decided it was best to forgo the shavings-collector.
The shirts are available in Medium, Large, Extra Large and XXL. They are available to members for $12 each ($14 for the XXL). You can order them here and pick them up at the next meeting. Or you can just bring your cash, check or credit card to the meeting and make your purchase there.