In addition to traditional demonstrations, I can also provide any of my demos as an Interactive Remote Demonstration (via Zoom), either broadcast to your meeting place or as a “virtual meeting”. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
1½ or 2 hours
Make a 3-piece stemmed goblet. The bowl is usually a small burl or banch, and often natural-edged. This project has both bowl/face and spindle work, natural edge considerations, requires fitting the parts together, and there’s some challenges in holding small parts on the lathe. So a fun project with a wide range of things to discuss.
We recorded my April, 2020 Interactive Remote Demo for Rocky Mountain Woodturners:
A Camper’s Coffee Cup
A Kuksa (or Guksi) is a Scandinavian wooden drinking cup for outdoorsmen, traditionally handcrafted from birch burl by its owner (or received as a gift). A well-made birch burl Kuksa is said to last a lifetime.
But you can make a drinking cup from any wood. It might not last a lifetime, but since most of us are not spending our entire life in the backwoods, it will probably last long enough.
In this demo, I will show you my version of a Kuksa. Starting with a piece from a log, we will cut a blank, and use multi-axis turning techniques to make a cup with a handle. If there’s time, we will make a button or toggle for a lanyard so you can hang the cup from your belt or pack.
Turn a Forest: Ring-Turned Trees
Let’s make some ornaments – lots of them! We will use a technique called “Reifendrehen” or “ring turning”.
One kind of ring turning (making rings to wear on your fingers) has become popular recently. But that’s not what we’re doing.
We’re doing the other, older style of ring turning: make a large ring (8 to 10″ diameter) with the desired profile and slice the ornaments out of the ring. We’ll add a step using inside-out turning to create a hollow shape.
Using this method, you can quickly make 40 to 50 ornaments at a time.
Fall is a great time of year to demo ornaments. I did this demo for Rocky Mountain Woodturners in November 2018, and for Front Range Woodturners in Nov 2019 (we did angels instead of trees).
The technique I use is based on an article in the October 2013 issue of American Woodturner.
Safe Chainsaw Operation for Woodturners
1½ hours presentation, plus hands-on time
This is a presentation on chainsaw safety. Woodturners often use a chainsaw for processing green wood, and the situation we find ourselves in is not always the best – smaller, unstable blanks balanced on stumps in the driveway. We also might get asked by a well-meaning friend to take down a dead or dying tree.
This presentation should give you the knowledge that a woodturner needs to safely use a chainsaw for processing logs, preparing blanks, and even some introductory information to prepare you to evaluate the safety of felling a tree.
This class could be done as a presentation only, but the best option would include a hands-on practice session. Hands-on practice and instruction in operating a saw, working on logs and billets, and making safe and efficient cuts. It would require a wood lot or other place with logs we could cut.
I have previous (expired) S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saw certificaiton. I also developed the chainsaw safety class and operations guide for our local Boy Scout council. That class and certification is used to train adults to safely help with conservation efforts (beetle kill mitigation, etc) at the scout camps.
Shot Barrels (wooden shot glasses) is a fun mini-demo (short). It’s a fun little project, and I’ve come up with a few techniques that help with the production. Several of those techniques could apply to other things that folks might make.
Some Ideas I have in the works
Not demos yet, but I am working on:
Baby Rattle (captive rings)
Urns with threaded insert lids