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About Front Range Woodturners

We are the Denver area chapter of the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) serving Woodturners throughtout Colorado's Front Range.
Helping Woodturners gain experience by providing monthly demonstrations with Professional Turners, a library, mentoring, a Ladies group (Ladies of the Lathe) and Youth mentoring, etc.
You are welcome to join us at one of our monthy meetings to see what we are all about.

Our Next Meeting

Monthy Meeting

Tuesday, March 3rd (January Newsletter)

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


March - Bruce Perry

A stand out Pepper Mill. The traditional design, as shown in instruction sheets, and hundreds of stores, works. Dozens if not hundreds of turners make basically the same grinder, which makes it hard to differentiate the one you want to sell. Because this design needs a strong grip, and fits best with big hands, I think there is a better way. Fixed elements of the available inserts define some of the design, and there are easy to make jigs to accommodate those. I've built several, with traction rings, thinner grip areas, and a design ethos similar to "Danish" furniture, that have been well accepted [for which read - sold] and am working onward with that design concept. I have "shape studies" to discuss, along with the art of sketching in wood. I'll show several simple jigs, and common shop tools that make this easy, and repeatable. Your own rendering will stand out, as easier to use and a distinctive Pepper Mill.


Thanks to Doug Stearns, Danny King, and Gary Watkins for volunteering to clean up after the February meeting.

The March Clean Up Crew volunteers are Sandy Perry, Gary Starritt, and Doug Hill

At a Glance

Monthy Meeting, March 3rd 6:15 pm
Executive Board Meeting, April 4th 9am
Shop Tour, March 7th, Dave Hawley (see Newsletter for info)
Ladies of the Lathe,February 21 9am
Youth Mentoring, March 14th 1pm


Applications for a Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant (PHEOG) are due by February 15, 2015
For more info click Here or "PHEOG" link to the left

Beads of Courage Lidded Bowls and Boxes

Our October demonstrator Dale Bonertz invited us to participate in Beads of Courage, a program that supports children who have serious illnesses. Woodturners donate lidded bowls or boxes, which are receptacles for the beads children acquire as they go through stages of treatment. Dale picked up approximately 30 lidded bowls at the January meeting. He’ll be back at the March 2015 regular meeting for our final donations. Please be sure to bring your lidded bowl donation to the March meeting.
 • In order to sufficiently hold beads, turned boxes need to be no smaller than 6" (15cm) in diameter. Larger is okay.
 • If possible, engrave or burn Beads of Courage on the lid.
 • Make sure lids are easily removable.
 • Finials or knobs should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate or pointed.
 • Sign your name or write American Association of Woodturners on the bottom.

April PHEOG Raffle

We will be holding a special raffle at the April regular meeting to help fund the Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant (PHEOG) program for 2016. Raffle ticket prices will be $5 each, or 6 tickets for $25, and will be for sale only at the April meeting. The following two items will be available for selection by winning tickets. The Executive Committee is still seeking out additional items which will be announced in the March meeting and newsletter for the April raffle.
Rockler has donated a new, unopened, Delta 50-850 dust collector (1.5 hp 1200 maximum cfm, 115v).

2015 RMWT Symposium Individual Registration (Sep 18-2) donated by the Rocky Mountain Woodturners.
For info about the Symposium  www.rmwoodturningsymposium.com/

Club Buy of CBN Wheels

We’re putting together a club member order for CBN grinding wheels from WoodTurners Wonders. Please see Ken Rizza’s website at Wood Turners Wonders and his advertisement in the February issue of AAW journal American Woodtuner.
If interested, bring your completed order form and a check to the March 3 regular meeting.

These wheels are machined from one solid piece of 6061 aluminum, electroplated, nickel coated, and balanced. Radiused style wheels are $130 each (including S&H) and are available in 6 and 8 inch diameters with 80, 180, and 220 grits. An 8 inch 4 in 1 style wheel is also available for $175 (including S&H).  See order form info more detail about the CBN Wheels CBN Wheel Order Form.pdf

Turning Challenge

February Winners

    Turning Challenge: Open Challenge – Handled cup or bowl

    Beginner: Mike Mullen – walnut handled cup

    Intermediate: Ken Rollins – Bradford pear handled bowl with IPE patches

    Advanced: Grove Brown – Aspen Salad Bowl

Perpetual Turning

Perpetual Turning Winner: Ron Ainge took home the pen made by Dale Sherman

March Challenge

Lidded Box

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

Instant Gallery

Follow the Gallery link to view the Show and Tell gallery for November.


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