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11/10/22 - Guild meeting - Creating Small Projects - Member's Forum

Creating Small Projects - Member Demonstrations

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 November 10th
  • NC State meeting room and Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstrations begins at 7 PM

We invite you to join us for our annual Small Projects Demonstration Meeting.


We are very excited to have two of our own members perform these demonstrations and share their talents, processes and techniques. These small projects are easy to make and are great for Holiday gifts!


MV - Hummingbird House

Meryl Valnes will be demonstrating a Hummingbird house. 

His version of the Hummingbird house can be used as a Christmas ornament during the Christmas season.  But, during the Spring and Summer, it can be used as an actual Hummingbird house.  The dimensions of this house are about 2” in diameter by 4” in high but can be made to most any dimension desired by the turner. 

This project is mostly spindle work on the outside and inside it is hollowed using nothing more than a forstner bit.  The outside can be decorated in any way that you might want. 

This project is one that lends itself to any number of shape designs, wood combinations and embellishments.




DS - Cocktail Smoker

Daniel Sauerstrom is going to demonstrate his take on the popular cocktail smoker.

The rise of the craft cocktail movement has seen a revival of traditional beverages as well as the development of entirely new creations. A well-crafted cocktail seeks to balance a multitude of flavors and nuances to create a truly satisfying experience. Smoking a cocktail can further elevate a cocktail by imparting both an olfactory and taste element to the drink.

There are several different types of cocktail smokers commercially available such as smoking guns, cloche style, smoke boards and smoking boxes that range in price and versatility. This over the glass style smoker is easy to use and is aesthetically pleasing when part of a bar set-up.

The cocktail smoker is a fun and easy project to turn using basic bowl turning techniques and tooling available to most turners. Additionally, the design of the smoker can easily be adapted to suite your personal style. Discussion will include wood selection, mounting the piece to turn the outside shape, turning the inside, fitting the smoker screen (and where to purchase) and suggestions for finish.


M Valnes

Meryl has been turning bowls, spindles and chip carving for over 45 years.

He specializes in utilitarian turning, including salad bowls, plates, dining sets, artistic turning, pens and pencils.

He also does Norwegian chip carved items, such as plates, plaques, jewelry boxes, clocks, and bowls.

Daniel S 2


Daniel is a professional chemist by day and a woodturner by nights and weekends.

Having dabbled in various mediums over the years Daniel began his journey in woodturning about 4 years ago at the Cary Arts Center.

He particularly enjoys the creative process that comes from working in a subtractive art and seeks to produce work that is both aesthetically pleasing while remaining functional.


The Zoom logon information will be sent to each member in the meeting notice.