November 14, 2017 – Tops for Tots – Guatemala – Jack Brown

1) The Service Project

Our November Meeting will be a service project.  A colleague of our “Madam President” will be traveling to Guatemala in June of 2018 on a Medical Mission project.  The success of Daryl’s “Tops for Tots – Ecuador” program inspires this project.  We have thirteen lathe’s available; with all of them spinning simultaneously , we should be able to crank out a bushel of tops.

2) Program

  • Jack Brown will conduct a short “How to Turn a Top” Tutorial
  • We turn a bushel of “Tops for Tots – Guatemala.”

3) Bring to the Meeting

  • Several Top Blanks
  • Tools – You can probably do the whole thing with one medium spindle gouge – you might want a parting tool.
    Jack – If I missed anything, please holler and I’ll update this.

4)  Top Blanks

  • One Piece
    • 2″ x 2″ x (2-1/2″ long to 5″ long)
    • Maple is best
  • Two Piece
    • Body – Hardwood Square – approximately 2″ x 2″ x 5/8″ with a hole in the middle to match …
    • Handle – Hardwood Dowel – 3″ x 1/2″ will do – slightly different is OK.
    • Process – Glue handle into body with about 1/4″ sticking through the body.
  • Additional Supplies
    • Colored Sharpies / Felt Tip Markers
    • Chatter Tool

Y’all Come … Let’s Do Something GooD!

Top Blank and Finished Top

Demo and Classes on Turning, Burning, and Carving

Please see below for the Woodturning Demonstration and Hands on Class for the weekend of October 21st, 22nd, & 23rd as all are WELCOMED!!!!
David Dudney – Pittsburgh Woodturners


Class Title: Turn and Burn
one day demonstration and two – one day classes
The course description follows:

Have a go at turning and carving small bowls and boat forms and applying surface embellishment using rotary carvers, woodburner detailing and ‘branding’ and application of acrylic and milk paints.

The course will cover design and influences, safety, basic turning techniques, tool selection and sharpening, wood selection, making woodburner tips and ‘brands’ (I will cover how to make brands but not the handpieces) and various ways to use them, rotary and hand carving techniques, painting and finishing.

More Course Details

Chris Weiland presents “Timber Turning”

Chris Weiland, founder of what is now known as The Wood Center at IUP and Woodturners Member, will be making a presentation titled “Timber Turning.” The program will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Environmental Learning Center – Yellow Creek State Park.

Program Information is available at – Scroll down the sidebar to EVENTS.

September 12, 2017 – A Visit to an Artist Studio

Join us for an evening at Chris Weiland’s home and studio. Prior to his retirement from teaching in 2009, Chris taught at IUP and developed it’s Woodworking program through the College of Fine Arts. He continues to practice his work as an artist. The evening will include:
– A brief discussion of Chris’s new direction in turning,
– Demonstration using a unique lathe built for large scale turning, and
– A tour of his studio and home.

Note: The first part of this meeting will be held out-of-doors.  Accordingly, to insure adequate light, the meeting will start early at 6:30.

Directions can be found here: Directions

An example of Chris’s recent work.