Monthly Meeting Demonstrations


The MAY 15th:


Many new turners tend to go for the big projects, requiring big lathes and big wood.  However, as they become experienced and become more interested in finer details and finessing the techniques they learned on those big pieces, they have questions about how to develop the intricate details required for small pieces, say 3” tall by 2” diameter.  One of our own members, Bruce Lacey, will share his insights at this month’s meeting.  We have enjoyed seeing many of Bruce’s small pieces with delicate finals and tops that are mounted with threads.  On May 15, 2018, Bruce will show how he selects his blanks, which tools he uses, how he develops tools that meet a specific situation, how he sharpens them and how he uses them to get the exquisite pieces he frequently shares with the club at our Instant Gallery.  And, last, but not least, he demonstrates how to keep the costs for wood at a minimum, an important point for most of us and especially for beginning turners.


Over the next year we are planning several teaching/workshop sessions to teach a wide array of turning skills from how to select the wood to make a particular object, to how to sharpen tools, to make particular cuts to achieve a special effect and how to apply finishes to get the final look that makes the piece especially attractive. Keep an eye on our plans as they develop.


Southern Piedmont Woodturners begin to gather at 5:30 pm at their studio at the corner of Kerr and Crowell, Concord, NC.  The actual evening is about 2 hours, including a brief announcement period, raffle, review of member turned pieces and snacks, winding up about 9:00 pm.  Visitors are always welcome!



The Southern Piedmont Woodturners, Inc. is supported in part by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the Cabarrus Arts Council.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.