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Calabash and Pewa with Emiliano Achaval
Note: Meeting date has changed due to scheduling conflict

  • Wednesday February 9th
  • Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM

Have you ever wondered how to turn a calabash bowl especially the Hawaiian way?  Or how to repair cracks in bowls or platter using pewa patches?  Or what a pewa patch is?

Well, this month our featured demonstrator Emiliano Achaval will provide a brief history of the Hawaiian calabash, demonstrate how to turn a calabash bowl, explain what a pewa patch is and how to apply it!

You will learn how Emiliano approaches each piece from identifying the characteristics of the wood, how to select the best design, and how to prepare the wood for turning.

Taking all these elements into consideration up front can make all the difference in creating a unique and one-of-a-kind piece.

The demonstration will explore: 

  • The main elements of turning Calabash bowls
  • Wood selection
  • Grain alignment
  • Proper tool approach
  • Wood drying
  • Finishing
We hope you will join us Wednesday evening February 9th for this informative demonstration of some unique techniques.  

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A Look Ahead

Monthly Show & Tell Session

  • February 17th
  • Zoom session opens about 6:30 pm
  • Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

01 - Jan 2022 - Show & Tell

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

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. 

So, we invite you, to come and join us for these always enjoyable and interactive session.

As part of our regular Show & Tell program, we have time allotted to the session that is devoted to sharing and discussing a Personal Challenge Theme from a recent demonstration.

The Personal Challenge for February will be a continuation from the December "How to Get Started with Basket Illusion" demonstration presented by Michael Earley.  To review this demonstration:
Click here to review the article and click here to review the video.  Also, related documents can be found here under "Demonstration Documents/Basket Illusion - 12/9/21 Demo"

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.


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2021 was another Zoom Year!
2021 is officially over.  Hard to believe!  Now it's time to start thinking about 2022.

If we Zoom back to the beginning of 2021, WGNC was challenged with continuing to enhance and expand our “virtual” existence so that our members could continue to enjoy National and Local demonstrators as well as other activities, all within the confines of the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions.  We’ve learned that we need to be creative and also flexible.

Today, if we Zoom out, the view, is of a year, in which WGNC was able to successfully

bring members activities like the six well known demonstrators we have had, who covered subjects like wood selection, drying techniques, finishing, embellishing, and burning, along with resins, multi-axis projects, inlays, boxes, and ringed bowls.

As part of Show & Tell format we launched the Personal Challenge Theme.  It is designed to explore the techniques presented from the previous month’s demonstration with sharing and discussing how the experience was applied. 

In all, during 2021 WGNC will have produced 24 Demonstrations and Show & Tell Sessions, sharing well over 200 member created pieces!  These sessions have generated great discussions that cover areas of design, tools, challenges faced and how to overcome, and the most rewarding of all are the stories and comradery shared as members come together virtually each month.

We launched a new website that provides an enjoyable interface with a wealth of information on WGNC activities along with resources like video log of past demonstrations, and discounts from vendors. 

In addition, WGNC has made available to members two wood sales that offered great turning stock for prices that were considerably below market.
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 And in other news:

Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

* The Rudy Lopez Three Day Workshops Are Open For Signup Now *
WGNC is happy to announce that our first in-person Demonstration and Multi-Day Workshop is confirmed for March 31st thru April 3rd, 2022.  To kick off this long-awaited event, WGNC will welcome back Rudy Lopez for a Demonstration on Thursday evening, followed by a three-day workshop Friday thru Sunday.  To find out more about the programs and to signup click here.

The January Tips, Tricks and Jigs Demonstration and the recent Show and Tell are now available for viewing. 

Don't forget, you can also 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