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2022/07/14 - Guild Meeting - Three-Legged Stool with Alan Leland

Bob Edmiston | Published on 6/11/2022
Turning a 24" Tall Three-Legged Stool with Alan Leland
Please note that this Guild meeting and demonstration will be presented in Hybrid form. 
Members may choose to attend live at the NC State Craft Center or attend via Zoom.
Those who plan to attend in person, will be required to wear a face mask.

  • Thursday July 14th
  • NC State meeting room and Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM
Ever need a place to rest in the shop for a few minutes?   Or maybe you have a visitor who would like to sit and chat for a while.

Well, this month's demonstration will give you all the necessary tools and know how to create a shop worthy three-legged stool and maybe even an heirloom piece that will be much sought after in the years to come.

Come join us this month to follow along as Allan Leland shows us his process of making his version of the classic Three-legged Stool.

In this demonstration, Alan will cover how he turns a 24” tall Three-Legged Stool.

This will include drilling the seat and the mortices in the legs for the cross brace. 
He will include a short video on the drill press table set up he uses to drill the holes in the seats.

In addition, Alan will also cover the tool techniques used for faceplate turning 
and between centers turning including the grinds he uses on his tools. If there is time, Alan will also demonstrate how to use the Oneway Drill Wizard to drill holes in your turnings on the lathe.

This will be an excellent demo for anyone interested in turning furniture parts or other functional items with an artistic flair.

Alan Leland Instructor Bio

Alan Leland is an internationally known woodturning instructor and demonstrator and has been an AAW member since 1994. He has demonstrated and taught workshops for many woodturning clubs across the United States and Canada, such as John C. Campbell Folk school, and often hosts workshops highlighting internationally known woodturners in his studio. 

Alan started working with wood at This End Up Furniture Company in 1976. After 19 years making crate style furniture, he started his own woodworking business in 1996. Initially Alan’s main focus was on making custom furniture and some woodturnings for craft shows. Eventually his interest and enjoyment of woodturning took over and he began to do more architectural turning and turning for craft shows. Alan’s work is primarily functional in nature due to his furniture background, but with an artistic flair due to his keen eye for shape and form.

Alan is known for his three legged 24” tall stools with their crisp turnings and his Hollow Globe ornaments with their elegant delicate icicles. A few of Alan’s ornaments are included in Dale Nish’s latest book titled “Woodturning Ornaments.”

To learn more about Alan visit his website here.
To see demonstration handout, click here, then select "Demonstration Documents"/"Three-legged Stools"

Hope to see you all in July for this great Demonstration

Zoom connection information will be included in the email meeting notice and reminder.