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Lighthouse Peppermill with Jim and Rita Duxbury

Please note that this Guild meeting and demonstration will be presented in Hybrid form. Members may choose to attend live at the NC State Craft Center or attend via Zoom. 

  • Thursday February 9th
  • NC State Craft Center and Zoom call. Call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstrations begins at 7 PM

The fascination with lighthouses throughout the world is difficult to explain.  It may be the stories connected to the lives of the lonely lighthouse keepers, the haunting tales of pirates and shipwrecks along the rocky coastlines, or the wonderful memories of spending the summer at the beach with family.  Whatever it is, lighthouses have a mystic that continues to captivate the imagination. 

A uniquely designed wooden pepper mill is always a favorite both to turn and to use.  Jim has made numerous pepper mills of various shapes and sizes.  The most popular is always the lighthouse design.  Typically, the peppermill is made from a dark species of wood. Jim also makes a salt grinder from a lighter colored wood with the appropriate salt assembly to be used as a pair.


In this demonstration, Jim will show how to size the cylinder, inlay the revolving light, shape the roof and assemble the mechanism.  Like always Jim will show many tips, tricks and short cuts that could be incorporated in other turning projects also.

We hope to see you for this demonstration and guarantee you will see the light too!

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Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead

Monthly Show & Tell Session

  • February 16th
  • Zoom session opens about 6:30 PM
  • Meeting begins at 7:00 PM

10 - Oct 2022 - Show & Tell

Please join us each month for our monthly Zoom Show & Tell Session. 

This forum is intended for all levels of woodturners and is a safe and respectful place to solicit input and advice, regardless of your experience level.

All WGNC members and their guests are welcome to spend an evening with fellow woodturners as we explore and share members' projects, ideas, issues and yes, even those shop disasters. 

We hope to see you for this month's always enjoyable, entertaining and interactive session.

As part of our regular Show & Tell program, we allot time to the session that is devoted to sharing and discussing a Personal Challenge from a recent demonstration.  The Personal Challenge is intended as a way to encourage members to try new ideas, techniques and to also be able to obtain advice on subjects covered in the demonstration.  WGNC also provides an open invitation to the person who conducted the demonstration to join the session to be available to answer questions and critique the various submissions made by members.  These sessions are always a great learning experience and fun.

The upcoming Personal Challenges will be as follows:

For February, the Challenge will be to pick from any of the 2022 demonstrations.   

For March, the Challenge will come from the February "Lighthouse Peppermill" demonstration that will be presented by Rita and Jim Duxbury. 

Members can review videos of all the demonstrations as they become available here.

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Breakout Sessions are Back

WGNC is happy to announce the return of Breakout Sessions. To enhance the value of these sessions to members, we have established a coordinator to help identify topics, hosts and schedules that are aligned with the interests of members.

As Session details are confirmed, the information will be posted on this web page so that a member can look at available subjects and associated details, and then when a topic of interest is found, simply click on the button to sign up.

What exactly is a Breakout Session?

A breakout session is a woodturning event that is hosted by another member for other members to join in and learn or practice any element of woodturning.  This could be a shop tour, how to sharpen or make tools, turning a bowl, how to use a skew, pyrography, carving, embellishments and a whole host of other topics.  The location could be at a host’s shop or another public location such as NC State Craft Center or a retail store.

Breakout sessions are generally free of charge and are offered on a first come first serve basis.  Scheduled sessions will be created as Events and will show up on the Home Page in the "A Look Ahead" table, on the "Events Calendar" and on the "Breakout Session" selection under the "Resources" menu .

To learn more about: 
   - How to join a breakout session
   - How to Host a breakout session
   - Review the Breakout Session Schedule
Click here.

These Sessions are a fun, one on one way to learn new skills or just refresh skills you may have previously learned but have not used in a while.  It is also a great way to meet new members and/or reconnect with old members.

Hope we see you at a Breakout Session soon!

 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

New WGNC T-Shirts:
 is happy to announce the arrival of our newly re-designed Guild T-Shirts.  T-Shirts will be available to members at any in-person Demonstration or Show and Tell event.  New inventory has arrived.  For full details, pictures and availability, please click here.

Demonstration and Show & Tell videos available for viewing. 

Don't forget you can always review all the available WGNC Demos and Show & Tell videos by clicking here.  Check them out today! 

Got something in your shop that you haven't used in a while but just don't know what to do with it?
Well now you do, and you can make some money at it as well!  We are pleased to announce that WGNC has just launched a Members Only Classified Ads app on the website!

For more information on using this new app, click here.

To go directly to the Classified Ad App, click here