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Vacuum Stabilization and Casting Resins with Steve Criscenzo

  • Thursday August 12th
  • Zoom call opens at 6:15 PM for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM
Have you ever found yourself admiring a beautiful turning that has incorporated S Criscenzo - Sunsetwood and some type of resin and then asked yourself  "How in the world is that done?"

If so, then join us for the August 12th Woodturners Guild of North Carolina demonstration, featuring our own master of resins, Steve Criscenzo.

Steve will be covering three primary topics: resin stabilization, the incorporation of cast resin into woodturning and enhancing cracks.
S Criscenzo - Four Corners
The initial part of the session will focus on using vacuum-based resin infusion to stabilize soft, punky or otherwise unusable wood pieces.  Steve will discuss the various materials available for vacuum infusion as well as manual ways to "infuse" resin and other materials, the equipment needed and the methods of work for this process.  He will also discuss the turning and finishing of stabilized pieces.

The second portion of the demonstration will show how to create cast acrylic blanks for turning projects using different resins.

S Criscenzo - nested bowls
Steve will discuss the pros and cons of various casting materials and the different methods required for each.  He will then demonstrate the casting of a hybrid (part wood -part acrylic)blank.  Finally, Steve will also demonstrate the techniques for turning a hybrid blank and the unique finishing methods used to produce a glass like finish to the piece. 

As the third part of this demonstration Steve will discuss how to use resins to fill cracks and enhance the piece's outcome.
About our demonstrator:

Steve Criscenzo 
has been turning for about 18 years and is currently President of WGNC.  His turning includes a wide variety of pieces ranging from utility bowls to purely artistic work.  He has had his work offered in several galleries and art markets.  The use of resin and acrylics is one of his recent forays into the use of new materials and turning techniques.
To connect to this Zoom session on 8/12/21 click the button:   Zoom Connection

Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead

WGNC Live Demonstrations and Workshops to Return

We are very happy to announce that WGNC meetings and demonstrations will be going live again starting with our October 14th meeting.  To kick off our first live meeting in over a year and a half, WGNC will be sponsoring John Jordan, a nationally known Artist/Woodturner, as our featured demonstrator for this first live meeting.   


J Jordan at the Lathe 2

John Jordan is a close woodturning neighbor, calling home Cane Ridge, Tennessee.  John has been featured in many turning exhibitions over the years.  His work has received many awards and can also be found in many permanent collections, globally.

John is most notably known for his detailed vessels and it will be the creation of these vessels he will be demonstrating for us at our October 14th meeting. 


hollowform 2b
In addition to the Thursday evening demonstration, John will be hosting a three day workshop Friday through Sunday October 15,16 and 17.

Each workshop day will feature a different project.  Being considered at this time is a hollow form vessel, a tea pot and a lidded cannister.

Details of the workshops are still be worked out.  An article regarding the final workshop details will be published here as soon as they are finalized, along with instructions on how to sign up for the workshops being offered.

So, we hope you will mark your calendars and plan to attend one or more of these upcoming WGNC live events. 





Show & Tell: Third Thursday of the Month
Zoom session opens about 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm

07 - July 2021 - Show & Tell

Join us each month, on the third Thursday, for our monthly virtual Show & Tell Gallery.  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.

The 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. So, come join us for this enjoyable interactive session.

Part of the Show & Tell format is the addition of the Personal Challenge Theme.  As part of our regular Show & Tell program, we will have time allotted to the Show and Tell session that is devoted to sharing and discussing a theme from one of our demonstrations. 
You do not have to have a completed project to participate.  This session is designed to explore the techniques presented, so whether you have a completed piece, a practice piece or simply "idea boards", all are welcome for sharing and discussing with other members.

Planned personal challenge themes for upcoming Show & Tell sessions are:

- August 19th Show and Tell - Basic Box Turning as demonstrated by Norm Cloutier.
      Review program here
- September 16th Show and Tell - Vacuum Stabilization and Casting Resins as demonstrated by Steve Criscenzo. Review program here.


 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

Miss out on a Demonstration or Show & Tell?

Check out the WGNC video archives.  Members can review and watch videos of many demonstrations and show & tell events.
Just go to the "Resources" menu item and select "Past Demos/Show & Tell".
By clicking on that menu item you will be taken to a new page where you will see all the available videos that you can choose from. As new material becomes available, the links will be posted. 
So, check it out today and enjoy exploring the video archives.  And don't forget to check back frequently to see if new material has been added.
WGNC and Covid -19

"WGNC exists to promote woodturning education and generate a better understanding of woodturning as an art form.  We provide a meeting place to members and guests to share their ideas and techniques and to display their work."

An important benefit of membership is that of social interaction with our peers.  For a couple of hours each month we gather to share ideas, learn new techniques, refine our skills, critique our work and most importantly socialize with our fellow artists.  Who could have imagined at the start of 2020 that continuing this wonderful social interaction would become so incredibly challenging?

Read the full President's Message here.