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April 14

Folk Art Center

Clay Foster

Clay Foster is one of the premier turners in the world. A recipient of the AAW POP Merit Award in 2014, he has over 28 years of experience, as is well known as an exemplary educator, artist, and groundbreaking visionary. Just Google "Clay Foster" to see and learn more. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from a master. He will also give a workshop on Sunday, April 15, details to come soon.
Note that the meeting this month is on the second Saturday rather than the third due to an event at the Folk Art Center.

The following are helpful suggestions for some of Clay's techniques.

Block Printing Ink Finish

This is a technique for creating contrast between carved areas and the wood surface.

1. Draw the design on the wood, or carve free hand, whatever you like.
2. Carve the design into the wood with a V groove reciprocating carver. Large areas should be outlined with a V groove carver and then the interior of the design can be removed with a small ball grinder in a rotary carver.
3. Paint the entire surface of the wood with a water based paint. I like milk paint because it can be sanded smooth.
4. Squeeze out a small amount of Speedball brand Block Printing Ink onto a smooth surface such as a piece of plate glass or slick magazine cover taped to a smooth surface such as Masonite. About as much as toothpaste as you put on your toothbrush.
5. Roll a soft rubber brayer back and forth across the ink until it is smoothly coated.
6. Roll the ink onto the surface until it is all coated. Let it dry, usually a few hours.
7. No further finish is needed.

Speedball ink http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-water-based-block-printing-inks/

Speedball brayer http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-soft-rubber-brayers/

Flexcut V groove carver http://www.flexcut.com/rg403-70-deg-x-3-8-9mm/

Burning and Filling Open Grain Wood

This technique only works well with open grained woods such as ash, oak, or pecan.

1. Sand the wood down to at least 150 grit.
2. Burn the surface of the wood with a torch until it is just black. Move the flame slowly over the wood; don’t wave it around like a magic wand.
3. After the wood has cooled, brush the soot off with a soft brass bristle brush. Brush with the grain as much as possible.
4. Sand the wood down to 220 grit. Sanding areas such as rims and edges to expose fresh unburnt wood gives a nice worn look.
5. Blow the soot out of the wood grain with compressed air.
6. Apply a spray on sealer such as Krylon spray fixative, Deft satin, or Valspar flat.
7. I use Liquitex brand Modeling Paste to fill the grain. Golden brand has a similar product called Molding Paste, but I don’t think it dries as hard.
8. Put a ½ tablespoon dollop of Liquitex Modeling Paste on a mixing surface such as a slick magazine cover, and add about 4 drops of acrylic retarder. The retarder will give you more time to wipe off excess modeling paste. Mix the paste and retarder well with a popsicle stick.
9. Work the paste into the wood pores with your finger. Apply a small amount to an area about 2 square inches. Wipe off the excess with a paper towel. If you apply more than that, you won’t get the excess wiped off before it dries. Keep a slightly damp paper towel handy if some filler starts drying before you get it wiped off.
10. After all the surface has been filled, apply a finish of your choice. I
like brown Kiwi shoe polish, but apply it very sparingly, or it will
cover up the paste filler.

The paste filler can be tinted any color you want with acrylic paint, but dark colors won’t have much contrast with the burnt wood.


1. Clean the membrane from the inside of the shell. The egg can be raw or boiled.

2. Using a yellow glue such as Titebond II, apply a little bit to a piece of cleaned shell. Use enough so that the shell will adhere, but not so much that the shell will slide around when applied to the wood surface.

3. Lay the shell on the wood and crush it down firmly. Make sure it is crushed flat.

4. Repeat the process with another piece of shell. don’t let any pieces of shell overlap.

5. When the glue is set, sand the shell with 220 sandpaper.

6. Fill in the gaps between the shell with Liquitex brand Modelling Paste. The paste can be tinted any color with acrylic paint.

7. After the paste has dried, sand it smooth with 220 sandpaper.

8. If there are any low spots or gaps, repeat steps 6 and 7.

9. Apply a hard paste wax to give the shell some shine and deepen the color of the paste.

Products list

Liquitex modeling paste - http://www.liquitex.com/us/Shop/Medium/Gel_Medium/Modeling_Paste_Medium,_8-oz.aspx
Available at most craft and art supply stores

Acrylic paint - http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/colors/heavy-body
Available at any craft and art supply store

Acrylic paint retarder - http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/medium-gels-pastes/additives
Available at any craft and art supply store

Flexcut carvers - http://www.flexcut.com/individual-power-gouges/
Available at any woodworking supply store

Printing ink and brayer - http://www.speedballart.com/our-products.php?cat=13
Available at most craft and art supply stores

Milk paint - http://www.milkpaint.com/
Available at many woodworking supply stores

Krylon Matte Finish - http://www.krylon.com/products/matte-finish/
Available at art and craft stores and some hardware stores

Egg shells - https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/eggs/eggcomposition.html
Available from most hens.

IN, United States

May 2012

May 19

Folk Art Center

Janet Collins

Janet Collins comes to us from Vermont. Her extensive experience as both a woodturner and furniture maker do much to inform her work and her demo will certainly inspire woodturners to think outside the lathe. She's demoed at the AAW symposium and was recently featured in the American Woodturner magazine. You can read more about her at http://www.greenmountainwoodturning.com.

She will also conduct a workshop on Sunday, May 20, subject TBD.

Ryegate, Vt, United States

First demo

June 16

Folk Art Center

Michael Hosaluk

Watching Mike give a demo is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. He is one of the most creative people you'll ever meet and his work is simply stunning. He is well known for his whimsical sculptural pieces and he explains everything so well that you can't wait to go home and get to work.

He's given demos at virtually every AAW sanctioned event and his work is in major collections around the world. Bring a notebook because you'll want to record everything he tells you. Plus he's Canadian, so you know he's a super nice guy! Check out his work at http://www.michaelhosaluk.com.

He'll be doing a workshop on Sunday, June 17, and it'll probably sell out very quickly.


Apr 2011

July 21

Folk Art Center

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson comes to us from nearby Atlanta. He is probably best known for his exquisite and elegant teapots (he is English, after all), but is equally at home with any number of turned sculptural pieces.

He's demoed at all the major AAW symposia and has appeared at events throughout the world, including New Zealand, Turkey, Norway, England, the list goes on. You can learn more at his website, http://www.michaelgibsonwoodturner.com He'll also give a workshop on Sunday, July 21, subject TBD.

The hallmark of is work is his meticulous attention to detail and a profound understanding of form and proportion. Learn from the master and you'll swap your Lipton's for Earl Grey in no time.

Atlanta, GA, United States

First demo

August 18

Folk Art Center

Jason Swanson is a young very enthusiastic turner from the Milwaukee area. He specializes in segmented turning, but don't let that scare you away. His demos and the techniques he discusses will appeal to all styles of turning. He's given demos at the AAW national and many regional symposia, as well as John C. Campbell and Arrowmont. He has an easy going conversational style that is very engaging and informative. His work as mostly functional and includes peppermills, pens, boxes, and much more. You can see his work at http://www.wiwoodguy.com , although some of his site is still under construction.

He will also be giving a workshop on Sunday, Aug. 19, subject TBD.

September 22

Folk Art Center

Chris Ramsey

Chris is a hat guy. His hats are in the collections of no less than 3 presidents; the two Bushes, and Abe Lincoln (or rather an actor portraying him). His resume gives him serious bragging rights, with a long list of major collections and demo appearances. You can see his work at http://www.chriswramsey.com.

He also does a wide variety of other turning projects and given his personality, a good time will be had by all at his appearance in Asheville. This is definitely a must see demo.

Chris will also give a workshop on Sunday, Sept. 23, subject TBD.

Note that the demo will be on the forth Saturday this month, due to another event at the Folk Art Center on the previous weekend.

Sommerset, KY, United States

Apr 2013

October 20

Folk Art Center

John Lucas is our October demonstrator. He has demoed extensively, including the AAW national symposium, a number of regional symposia, and many individual clubs. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and will present a multi-faceted demo for us.

Projects will include hand mirrors, a chain ornament (just in time for Christmas), a 2 part ornament, and possibly more.

His class on the 21st will focus on the hand mirrors and possibly another project as well.

More info will be posted as it becomes available.

November 17

Folk Art Center

This is the date of our annual auction to raise money for the club, so no demonstrator has been booked.

This is your chance to load up on those tools, wood, or accessories you've been wanting at auction prices. You can bid on a wide variety of items and know that your winning bid will benefit both you and the Carolina Mountain Woodturners.

December 15

Folk Art Center

Joe Ruminski

Joe is one of the treasures of the CMW. Past president of the CMW and Lifetime Membership honoree at the 2016 AAW Symposium are just 2 of his many accolades. Those who know him understand that he is a tireless advocate for woodturning and a consummate teacher and mentor. Watching him demo is both an educational and enlightening experience.

His work is largely functional and includes bowls, jewelry, boxes and many other practical items.

His appearance is a perfect way to end the year and will make your holidays a bit more cheerful and rewarding.

He will also be giving a workshop on Sunday, Dec. 16, subject TBD.

Fairview, NC, United States

Jan 2011