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Date Location Demonstrator Description From Previous Demo

February 17

Folk Art Center

CMW Members

Something a little different this month organized by Alan Carter.

Woodturners at all levels of experience have questions about turning techniques, tools, sharpening, you name it. This month is your chance to get the answers you've been looking for. Our club is very fortunate to have a number of expert turners with many years of experience. Thom Crothers, Tucker Garrison, and Greg Schramek will perform a number of short, skill building demonstrations. Try to stump these chumps and learn a lot in the process. In addition we'll have some short demos on subjects like finishing, coloring wood, etc.


Asheville, NC, United States

Nov 2016

March 17

Folk Art Center

Mike Sorge

This month, Mike Sorge is our demonstrator. A member of CMW, Mike does some very interesting and creative pieces, including stacked sculptures and natural edge vessels. He'll also give a workshop on Sunday, March 18th.

Here's an overview of his demo on the 17th.

“Big Air Geometric Turnings; Safety & Methods in Turning Large Diamonds, Triangles, Squares & Hearts”. ~ Mike will demonstrate turning a Large Utilitarian Diamond Bowl w/ 2nd Inner Cored Bowl, a Heart Bowl, and his Trillium (triangle) Pagoda Lidded Box including points listed below. Mike will provide his own geometric turning blanks and donate the Diamond Bowl to the club.

  1. Easily, efficiently and cost effectively making diamond & equilateral triangle turning blanks.

  2. Securely mounting geometric and heart turning blanks onto the lathe; assured clear distance.

  3. Safety: Tools & grinds, lathe speed, lighting, ghost imaging, preventing tip fractures and edge tear out.

  4. Design strategies: Approach and application of tools to obtain desired design.

  5. Using the Kel McNaughton Center Saver System to core extra bowls from Geometric Turning Blanks.

  6. Making 2-tone wood lid glue-ups and lid design.

  7. Turning lids: Shaping including the deep channel/cove cut.

  8. Discuss Sanding & Finishing.

For his class on Sunday, students can choose from turning "big air" bowls or "big air" lidded boxes.

You can see his work at http://www.mikesorge.com

Asheville, NC, United States

First demo

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.


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 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 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

Currently this date is open. As soon as a demonstrator is confirmed, it'll be posted here.

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