In addition to traditional (on-site) demonstrations, I can also provide any of my demos as an Interactive Remote Demonstration (aka IRD, via Zoom). Everyone in your club can have a front-row seat in the comfort of their own home. Or, if your club has the capability, I can “virtually” join you at your meeting place.

Though virtual, my demos are all live (not pre-recorded) and interactive (anyone can ask questions or make comments at any time).

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1½ to 2 hours

We will make three pieces of a goblet: a bowl, a base, and the stem.

First, a small bowl, usually natural-edged burl or figured wood. I discuss working with natural edges, chucking small pieces, and general techniques that apply to bowls of any size.

Next, the base. A thin, mostly flat disk for the goblet’s foot. The challenge is holding this small, thin piece on the lathe.

The stem is a simple spindle, but with lots to learn. I will show how to make clean entry cuts (and why “unclean” cuts happen). And using my body, arms, hands, and tool together for clean, precise cuts is a consistent theme of this section.

This is a fun project with a wide range of things to discuss.

This was one of my early IRDs that I did for my club, linked here so you can get a sense of my demo style. I have improved my camera setup and technology quite a lot since then.

Turn a Forest: Ring-Turned Trees

1½ hours

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).

This was an in-person demo I did for my club.

The technique I use is based on an article in the October 2013 issue of American Woodturner.

Shot Barrels

1½ hours

Shot Barrels (wooden shot glasses) is 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.

I will discuss making the Shot Barrels, and spend some time discussing the journey from making a single piece to being able to efficiently make dozens – without sacrificing the handmade uniqueness of each one.

A Camper’s Coffee Cup

1½ hours

A Kuksa (or Guksi) is a Scandinavian drinking cup for outdoorsmen, traditionally carved from birch burl by its owner.

In this demo, I will show you my woodturners version of a Kuksa: a multi-axis turned cup.

We’ll start with a block of wood like Birch, Poplar, Maple, etc. Some layout and a few cuts on the bandsaw (equipment permitting) then we go to the lathe.

Start by turning the handle and the outside of the cup between centers. Change axes, create a tenon, and hollow out the cup’s interior mounted to a chuck. Then another flip to remove the tenon.

Time permitting, we will turn a small button for a lanyard so you can hang the cup from your belt or pack.

Safe Chainsaw Operation for Woodturners

1½ to 2 hour presentation, plus optional 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 maybe 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.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers