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February 2017 Projects

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Rebecca DeGroot spoke to club members about how she crafted these fine works of art, where she got the inspiration, and her trials and tribulations while developing her skill as an artist of the lathe and her career as a high school art teacher. Rebecca shared some tips on how to create an artistic design.


Chuck Meeder - Shelves

After flipping through catalogues and a desire to reduce his scrap pile Chuck Meeder purchased a couple of patterns from scrolleronline and crafted a freestanding book shelf and a wall shelf then finished with Watco Danish oil.  Might even be large enough to hold Tolstoy’s “War and Peace

Mark Bolinger - Bowls

Starting out with four inch slabs, Mark Bolinger turned these two paired bowls and no, they aren’t cymbals. 

Rick Spacek - Large Cutting

Five weeks and a half dozen or so 2 aught spiral scroll saw blades resulted in Rick Spacek’s “Large Cutting” – a scene of nature at its finest.  Rick stained with dark walnut and clear natural and finished with a clear gloss.

George Alderete

From a class taught by Frank Strazza, George Alderete crafted this table of cherry using hand tools.  More “power” to you, George.

Charles Volek - Intarsia Duck

Charles Volek crafted this great looking duck for a church auction, no, not for his doctor, then decided he liked it so much he is going to make one for himself.  This one is of birch, birds-eye maple, cherry, walnut, etc., then stained with various colors.   

John Lestrapes - Gumbo Cookoff Award

John Lastrapes explained that this gumbo plaque award of penny cypress with framed with mahogany is a work in progress.  The spoon as well as name plates will be attached later.  Now will John bring us some winning gumbo to sample? 

Lon Kelley - Star Boxes

Inspired by and borrowing some techniques from traditional Japanese craftsman, Lon Kelley fashioned these decorated boxes of maple, walnut, cherry and mahogany.   Lon explained how it took 40 stars for it all to come together.  Yoku yatta (good job) Lon!  

Katari - Bird

Crafting birds of poplar that almost take flight is the craftsmanship of Singaraju Katari.


Ron Matherly - Clocks

Scroll sawing numeral fives gave Ron Matherly trouble 40 some years ago so he made figure eights to grace a bar clock of pine as a Christmas gift for his father.  Advancing to CNC Ron crafted another bar clock that, this time, features the numeral five – all from one piece of cedar left over from a patio project.

Glen Edwards - Cross

Looking for simplicity for Christmas gifts, Glen Edwards scroll sawed a cross from 1/8 inch Baltic Birch then framed it with a frame from Dollar Tree.


Don Lackey - Spoons

Don Lackey made these spoons using spoke shaves and a gouge then finished with mineral oil.  The holes were drilled after the bowl was shaped. 

Larry Barron - Boxes and Bowls

After belonging to Gulf Coast Woodturners for two years, Larry Barron now has his own lathe and churned out these bowls and boxes out of spalted pecan, aromatic cedar, mahogany and excess wood from a patio construction effort.  Looks like Larry has turned a corner in his skills.

George Graves - Box and Plaque

With free mahogany from a friend, George Graves crafted both the box and the Valentine plaque for his wife. 



Photos and commentary:  Gary Rowen       

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