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Monthly Show & Tell Session

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

01 - Jan 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.

As a reminder, WGNC wants to encourage all skill levels to participate in our Show and Tell activities.  The galleries 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 and Tell  sessions are just 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. 

We all look forward to seeing our members unique creations.

Happy Turning!

Meeting format:

  Zoom only
Zoom instructions will be forwarded with the meeting notice.

Show & Tell Submission guidelines:

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Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead

Turning an Offset Platter with Keith Gotschall

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Zoom IRD
  • Zoom call opens at 6:15 for socializing.
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM

Like platters and want to learn where to begin?  Or maybe you are looking for a new platter design?  Well, join us for our March demonstration where Keith Gotschall will be showing us how he turns an offset platter.

As a professional woodworker and woodturner, Keith will seamlessly blend traditional platter-making techniques with the unique considerations required for designing and turning an off-center platter.

Keith is known for taking the time to explain the fundamental techniques involved in turning a standard platter, showcasing the use of tools, selection of materials, and the various steps in the turning process.

By inviting the audience for their input and interaction, Keith fosters an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere. This dynamic creates an opportunity for members to contribute ideas and suggestions for the platter's design, making the demonstration a more interactive and fun experience.

About our Demonstrator:

Born in Chicago, Ill. in 1962, Keith lived in the Midwest until 1980.  In 1981 he moved to Boulder Co. and began a career in wood working.  After an informal apprenticeship in several different wood shops Keith started his own design and fabrication studio in 1989.  Building furniture mostly on a commission basis.  He has won numerous awards around Colorado.

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The Bull City Woodshop
Emerging Turner Resources
Breakout Sessions
Spring Wood Sale

The Bull City Woodshop is a non-profit, youth-centered program that guides individual development, fosters community connection, and cultivates creativity through woodworking. 


We offer after school programs for students, day-time classes for alternative school students, and evening and weekend classes for adults to teach woodworking. 


We are currently looking for woodturning volunteers in two specific opportunities:

1) Weekly: Our student program consists of multiple levels of hands-on learning and accomplishment. We would like to include a woodturned project in each level, but in order to accommodate this, we need a woodturner available for each class. Our class schedule is Mondays and Thursdays 1-3pm and Mondays-Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm. We currently run 3 semesters per year: Jan-May, June-Aug, Sep-Dec. This commitment would be once per week for appx 2.5 hours. Our January semester starts on January 22nd. 


2) We are piloting a program in partnership with Havenhouse in Raleigh. We would like to offer community service hours to teens who need to accomplish these hours. They can learn the skill of woodturning and then donate the items they make in order to qualify their time as community service. This would be a once a month commitment for appx 4-5 hours on a Saturday. 


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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.

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.

Need Wood? WGNC has the Wood!

Spring is near and once again, WGNC is happy to announce the accumulation of quality turning blanks at significant savings. As a member, this inventory will be available to you for purchase on Saturday March 23rd. The inventory consists of 3", 4" and 6" spindle stock, roughed out bowls and bowl and platter blanks in a variety of wood species. All turning stock is currently stored at our storage unit in Raleigh. 

Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 3 PM


WGNC Storage Unit at Ample Storage, 5212 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC

To choose your time period now, click here

 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

2024 Breakout Sessions Off to Great Start

On Saturday February 3rd, WGNC held it's first breakout session of the year in Ted Ross's shop (thanks Ted!)  The topic for this breakout was "Chuck Maintenance" and the topic drew a lot of member interest.
There were ten members who participated the session, with Jeffrey Danneman, Norm Cloutier and Ted Ross demonstrating and helping members disassemble, clean, perform maintenance and lubricate the chucks that the members brought to the session.  The session was very productive and a lot of fun was had by all.

02/03/24 Breakout Session - Chuck Maintenace

More breakout sessions are on the planning board, 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.