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Flame Texturing Highly Figured Wood with Art Liestman
  • Thursday August 8th
  • Zoom IRD 
  • Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM

Returning this month, artist and demonstrator, Art Liestman, is going to discuss flame texturing highly figured wood.  In turning a small bowl, Art will show his technique for "flame texturing" highly figured wood.  The textured wood can then either be left "as is" or colored with multiple layers of acrylic paints using a dry brush technique.  

As an example, Art will turn, flame texture, and color a “popcorn bowl” which ends up looking like stone. Burning and dry brushing are shown in detail, and a doughnut chuck is described and used. This demonstration is designed to be understandable and within the abilities of any members.

This demonstration will include 
photographs of pieces made with the technique plus diagrams made in advance, plus occasional text to explain details.

The turning is recorded in advance, which allows Art to narrate the process and to take questions as the video proceeds. The recording skips over time taken to sharpen tools (unless that’s an essential part of the demo) and to mount pieces on the lathe.

Art is able to show more steps of the process using video than he can actually do in a live in person demo. With a two-way video and audio link, I am able to “rewind” if requested and to fast forward through repetitive bits if the audience would like to do so.

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Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead

Monthly Show & Tell Session

  • August 15th, 2024
  • Zoom session opens about 6:30 PM
  • Meeting begins at 7:00 PM

07- July 2024 - Show & Tell

We all love to see what WGNC members are making and there is no better way to do so than by participating in a Show & Tell session.   

Show & Tell sessions are intended for all levels of woodturners and designed to be a safe and respectful place to solicit supportive input and advice, regardless of a woodturners experience level. It’s an opportunity for turners to engage in an informal and beneficial exchange of ideas and to foster growth in woodturning.

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.   

Keep in mind, you do not have to have a completed project to participate.  These sessions are designed for the exploration of ideas, techniques, problems, designs and any other subjects pertaining to your woodturning experience.  So, whether you have a completed piece, a practice piece or simply "story boards", all are welcome for sharing and discussing with other members.

One of WGNC's missions is to encourage all woodturners, regardless of skill level, to participate in our Show & Tell sessions.  The sessions are all about our members adventures in turning.  What they turned, what they learned, how they addressed problems and challenges, design considerations and modifications.  They are also about learning and sharing, mentoring, and experiencing the many avenues of woodturning.  As a Guild, we offer many opportunities, but none as important as sharing our collective knowledge of all things turning.  Show & Tell  sessions are simply another way for you to bring more skills and exposure to your personal turning experience, give and receive help and guidance as needed and enjoy the adventures of your fellow woodturners. 


To help accomplish the above, WGNC has recently reviewed and updated the Show & Tell Guidelines.  We ask that each member take a moment to read these updated Session and Submission Guidelines.  Doing so will make each session more enjoyable for all members and help in the organizing and the presentation of each session.

The complete Session and Submission Guidelines can be found here

Breakout Sessions
Emerging Turner Resources

Check Out WGNC Breakout Sessions

WGNC continues to host high quality Breakout Sessions with subjects that members are finding very useful and interesting.

As many of our members know, we've enhanced the value of these sessions to members by adding 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 site so that a members can look at available subjects and the associated details, and then when a topic of interest is found, simply click on the button to sign up.

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.

Part of the learning process for every turner is to be exposed to all the questions and answers other turners have already experienced. Because when you are first starting out you might not even know what questions to ask, you just are eager to get started and see the chips fly!

Here are some of the questions that might emerge:

·  What lathe and tools do I need as a beginner?

·  How do I sharpen tools and how often?

·  If I don't have a lathe, can I rent one?

·  What wood should I start out using?

·  What speed should I turn at?

·  Are there any safety concerns I need to be aware of?

·  Are there woodturning classes available?
·  Is there someone who can guide me on this journey?

......and the list grows as your adventure begins with woodturning. It is for these reasons that WGNC has created the "Emerging Turner" section of our website.

To explore the “Emerging Turner” sections just select any of the eight menu items found in the “Emerging Turner Resources” menu.

As a starting point, we suggest you take a look at “New Member Resources”.  This page gives you an overview of all the sections and links to each section. To review, click here.

 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

WGNC’s Latest 2024 Breakout Session

On Saturday June 8th, WGNC held the 5th breakout session of the year, hosted by Steve Criscenzo at his shop in Durham.  The topic for this breakout was "Buffing and Polishing Techniques for a Gallery Quality Finish". Five WGNC members took advantage of this breakout session.  Watch upcoming Show and Tell sessions as we are sure to see the results of having attended this breakout.

More breakout sessions are being scheduled, so check back often to see what's coming up.  You can check the Breakout calendar by clicking here

Join WGNC for the 48th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival showcasing many exceptional artists from across the country! Enjoy live entertainment on four stages, savor delicious offerings from the many food vendors, and relax in the beer garden & Lazy Lounge. Be sure to bring the kids, they will love Kid Daze with fun activities throughout including the new Kid Collectors Market, where they can purchase pint-sized pieces created by many Lazy Daze artists! Participate in interactive art activities, engage with demonstrations by professional artisans, and embrace the “Lazy Daze” of summer. And please, be sure to visit the WGNC booths. We can’t wait to see you there! 

WGNC T-Shirts available for sale:
T-Shirts are available to members at any in-person Demonstration or Show and Tell event.
For full details, pictures and availability, please click here.