Meetings begin with brief announcements of events, exhibitions, etc., as well as discussion of future plans. A highlight of each meeting is an instructional demonstration by one of our skilled turners. Following the Demo we take a refreshment break followed members presenting their challenge piece and then “show and tell” followed by a wood raffle.
“Show and Tell” provides an opportunity for everyone to bring something they have created, a technique they have developed, or a new tool they have used to share with the group. Everything, from mistakes, beginning efforts, to masterpieces is welcome; we learn from them all.
Refreshments are served free of charge; members, if so inclined, are encouraged to bring snacks and soft drinks for all to enjoy
During the refreshment break, we hold a wood raffle. Members bring extra pieces of wood and some times tools or equipment that are raffled at $1 per ticket (or six tickets for $5).
The meetings are always open to questions and comments from attendees, and we invite and encourage them to share their knowledge and experiences freely. The informal interchange between woodturners before, during the break, and after the meeting, can be invaluable.
Visitors and prospective members are always invited to attend any meeting. We encourage those who are interested to join us. You are always most welcome.
Demonstration Challenges 2017 (Schedule)
|Month||IWT Meeting Demo Date||Demonstration||Demonstrator||Challenge Due|
|January**||15th||Pen Turning||John Lacasella||Off Center Figure|
|February||19th||Lidded Box||Larry Cooper||Turned Pen|
|March||19th||Beads & Jewelry**||Nancy Watterson & Glen Chappell||Lidded Box|
|May||21st||Egg||Beads & Jewelry**|
|June||NO MEETING||Father’s Day|
|August||20th||Turn-a-Thon & Silent Auction||Bring your questions. Need help with a project, help awaits you|
|September||17th||Ball & Top||Richard Spenser||Alternative Material|
|October||15th||Bowl/Deep Calabash Alternative Materials||Fernando Vilchis||Ball & Top Contest|
|November*||19th||Magic Wands||Jim Gross||Bowl/Deep Calabash|
|December||17th||Christmas Pot Luck|
* Officer Elections
** Judged Challenge
Workshops are held several times a year where accomplished members and nationally and/or internationally known professionals demonstrate woodturning methods and techniques. These workshops provide an excellent opportunity to see and learn how the professionals do it.