We are in some exciting times in the history of Southern Piedmont Woodturners and I want to share some great information with you.


Your board met on May 22, 2018 and determined one of the items on our to do list is to set a schedule for Second Saturdays at the club. It is our goal to have some turning project scheduled for every Second Saturday. Several people have mentioned that they wish we had some alternative nights that we could get together at the club to turn.



About our October Meeting:


The October SPW Meeting was our second "remote" demonstration.  Mike Mahoney was the presenter from his studio in California.  His set-up was an application (ZOOM) that allowed us to connect with less technical equipment, but allowed interaction from our members .  Mike has a wide variety of videos on his system, from acquiring a tree to preparing the blanks to turning a variety of items, bowls, spindle pieces, and kuskas, and taking each one to a finished piece ready for sale. He shared several of these videos, responding to reactions and requests from our members. He also shared  videos and opinions about tools, sharpening, safety issues and virtually any topic we asked about with respect to turning.


A particular video he shared and discussed covered the use of white oak, a tree that is abundant  in North Carolina but often ignored for turning because of the characteristics of the wood.  His video demonstrated how he divides the trunk for platters, with an emphasis on exposing a strong point of white oak, it's medullary rays.  Then he showed the process of mounting the blank, proceeding to turning the exterior of the platter, then the interior, his use of specific tools to achieve the finish cut he was after, and finally, how he dries the blanks and does the application of finish.  He discussed why he made many choices during the process so we got an insight into how and why he was a successful production turner.


 As usual, the raffle, the instant gallery and the drawing for the turning of the month took place.



Our 2018 SPW CHRISTMAS PARTY is December 18th.  As in past years the party will be at Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant located at 5645 NC Highway 49 S in Harrisburg.


We will be doing our "Dirty Santa" gift exchange again this year.  Each member attending is asked to turn an item and wrap it for the gift exchange.  Each member will be given an opportunity to choose a gift from the table of gifts or to take one from someone who already has a gift.  There is a limit on how many times a gift can be chosen.  This has been a lot of fun for everyone.  There is no need to bring a gift for your spouse or guest.  I am working on ways to possibly speed up the events of the evening. If you are a new turner, please do not let that stand in the way of bringing a gift.  We each enjoy receiving a gift from our fellow turners.






Southern Piedmont Woodturners (SPW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and 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.