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Turning Wall Sculptures from Design to Display - with Craig  Kassan
  • Thursday June 13th
  • Hybrid Meeting - Live at NC State Craft Center or via Zoom Call 
  • Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM

  • Craig's Wall Sculptures are uniquely different in many ways to the traditional turning most of us are familiar with.  If you were to visit his studio, the most obvious difference, is that the panels that make up his sculptures, require a modified lathe and a face plate that is in diameter taller than any of our members.  His work requires designing, pattern making, many physical steps and no shortcuts.  When you are turning pieces as large and complex as Craig is, a miscalculation can spell disaster.

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    Upcoming Events
    A Look Ahead

    Monthly Show & Tell Session

    • June 20th, 2024
    • Zoom session opens about 6:30 PM
    • Meeting begins at 7:00 PM

    05 - May 2024 - Show & Tell

    Join the fun and camaraderie of a WGNC Show & Tell Session.  Sessions are designed for all experience levels and are a safe and respectful place to show your work, solicit input and advice and request help on those pesky problems we all run into.

    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 love to see what members are doing, so please join us each month for our monthly Zoom Show & Tell Session. 

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

    Remember, you do not have to have a completed project to participate.  These sessions are designed to explore techniques and methods used, so whether you have a completed piece, a practice piece or simply "idea boards", all are welcome for sharing and discussing with other members.

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    Breakout Sessions
    Emerging Turner Resources
    Artsplosure 2024
    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.

    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.

    Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival will be returning May 18 - 19, 2024.  WGNC, will once again, have a booth where members will be demonstrating small projects on one of the club's lathes.  Members will  also be exhibiting and selling their work.  If demonstrating isn't your thing or you don't want to exhibit or sell, we'd still love to see you.  So stop by the booth and take in the entire Artsplosure scene.  It's a great event!  For more information, see below:

    Artsplosure website:  Artsplosure

    WGNC Article:WGNC Article

    Register to exhibit & sell: Registration is closed, all slots filled

    Register to demonstrate: Registration - Demo
     And in other news:

    Welcome Members
    Welcome New Members!

    WGNC’s Latest 2024 Breakout Session

    On Saturday April 27th, WGNC held the 4th breakout session of the year at the NCS Craft Center.  The topic for this breakout was "Using Metal Reactive Paints on a Turned Tea Light Lantern".  Led by Ron Patterson, three WGNC members, joined by Preston Mc Queen, our Breakout Sessions Coordinator, participated in this very interesting session.  The session involved designing, turning, assembling and painting the Tea Light Lanterns.  There was  lot of great interaction and everyone left with a completed project and the knowledge/process to do more.

    04/27/24 Breakout Session - Metal Reactive Paint & Tea Light

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

    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.