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About Front Range Woodturners

We are the Denver area chapter of the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) serving Woodturners throughout Colorado's Front Range.

We help Woodturners gain experience by providing monthly demonstrations with Professional Turners, a library, mentoring, a Ladies group (Ladies of the Lathe) and Youth mentoring, etc.

Everyone is welcome to join us at one of our monthy meetings to see what we are all about.

Our Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 4th

Our demonstrator for April is Bear Limvere, who will demo:

“Exploring Shape and Form in Woodturning”.

What comes after technique? Most of our demos focus on HOW to turn various projects. The next step is to explore how to improve the form of what you turn.

In this demo we'll talk about shapes and forms in bowls and hollow forms. We will look at various forms and discuss what makes one better than another. We'll discuss expanding your own personal perception of not only what you like, but how to explain WHY you do or do not like something.

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:15 to 9:00 PM in the basement of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.
Visitors and new members are always welcome.


Many thanks to the February 7th Clean Up Crew Volunteers: Tim Berney, John Peterson, and Vern DeGroot.

The March Clean Up Crew Volunteers are: Tim Adair, Kay Shofner, and Don McDowell.

New Members

March had 6 new members...

    Tim Hoyt
    Don Maness
    Robert Henderson
    Wayne Brasser
    Robert Peesel
    Lance Meur

... and one returning member!

    Kay Shofner

Board Meeting

The next Quarterly Board Meeting will be April 8th at 9:00 AM in the basement of Rockler.



The February Newsletter is now avaliable.

Turning Challenge

March Turning Challenge: Hollow Forms - 1 peice or 2 peice

    Beginner: Don Rogers (his last time as a beginner!)
    Intermediate: Adam Luna (his second time winning this year!)
    Advanced: Bob Franklin (that's 2 months in a row for Bob!)

March Raffle Wood Challenge:


Once again, there were still no winners in the raffle wood category! If you don't enter, you can't win!

Perpetual Turning

Perpetual Turning Winner: Bob Franklin's Natural Edge Bowl was picked up by Bruce Perry.

April Turning Challenge:

The April turning challenge will be Natural Edge Bowls!

Everyone is encouraged to bring in a turned piece to share in the Instant Gallery, regardless of the turning challenge for that month.

Shop Tours

Scheduled Shop Tours

February 18th , 8AM sharp

Austin Hardwoods - 975 W. Mississippi Denver, Co

Austin Hardwords is welcoming us into their facilities to get a behind the scenes look at everything they do. They would like us there at 8AM so that they can begin the tour on time and be able to show us everything!

Special Notice

June all day demo with Richard Raffan

Richard Raffan is coming to Colorado for a couple of days before going to Kansas City for the AAW symposium. He will be giving an all day demo on Saturday June 17th at the Woodcraft in Loveland, and has agreed to do another all day demo on June 18th (Fathers Day) at Rocklers in Denver. The cost is $30 per person which includes lunch. If you are interested, please email the FRW President at president@frontrangewoodturners.org

Richard Raffan

Richard Raffan has been turning wood professionally since 1970. During a day-long seminar Richard will turn a range of bowls, some spindles, a cross-grain box, a tray, and an endgrain box with a suction-fit lid. As he turns using standard gouges, chisels and scrapers, he'll explain in detail what is happening as work proceeds and why. He'll show you how to have a catch whenever you want. Working with less than perfect blanks so you'll see how Richard overcomes problems that confront all turners.

A signup sheet will be passed around at every meeting up to and including the June meeting. You can pay at a meeting, or fill out the payment form and send in payment to:

    Front Range Woodturners
    Raffan Demonstration
    P.O. Box 620605
    Littleton, CO 80162


A Collection of Richard's Work

Using a Skew


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