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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.

Our Meetings

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

Upcoming Demonstrations:

October – Kip Christensen

Kip Christensen from Utah will demo “The Principles & Techniques Of Clean Cutting“.

Kip Christensen, PhD, is an emeritus professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University. He is also a well-known woodturner.  While he is best known among turners for his lidded containers, he is also comfortable working with bowls, vessels, spindles, and production turning. He has pioneered the use of elk antler as a medium for artistic turning.  His work is characterized by clean lines and fine detail. Kip has co-authored five books and co-produced eight instructional DVDs about woodturning. His work has been published in over thirty books. He has been invited to give over 300 presentations at national and international workshops and symposia. Kip has a particular interest in woodturning education. He is often involved in developing instructional material for turners, teaching new turners, and in instructing experienced turners how to teach others about turning wood.

November – Trent Bosch

Trent will demo his “Sienna Series” vessels:

Taking inspiration from other bodies of my work, such as Vessels of Illusion, I developed what I call my Sienna Series to give a similar effect to the multi-piece Vessel of Illusion but through a completely different technique. We will go through the process of wood selection, hollowing, carving, sandblasting, finishing and will especially focus on paying attention to the grain and using it as a feature in this body of work.

December – Holiday Party (no demo)


Member Benefits

  • Library – The Front Range Woodturners has an extensive collection of books, magazines, and videos available for members to check out at no cost.
  • Demonstrations – Each monthly meeting features an exciting demo given by one of our club members or a professional turner. When available we also offer a full day hands-on class with these renowned turners at a nominal cost.
  • Wood Raffle – Members can bring some of their excess wood to a meeting to be raffled off.  You can never have too much wood!
  • Group Buy – Do you want to save money?  We have vendor discounts with Internet suppliers, local suppliers, tool and steel suppliers and wood suppliers. Through our deals with these vendors our members can easily earn back the cost of membership!
  • Ladies of the Lathe – All female members of the FRW, aged 18 or older, are invited to join the Ladies of the Lathe. LOTL is intended to provide a comfortable, easy-paced, and non-threatening environment for women to learn and advance their skills in turning.
  • Mentoring – Members have access to several programs to help increase their woodturning skills. Group sessions are held monthly and one-on-one mentoring on various topics can be arranged with experienced FRW volunteers.
  • PHEOG – The Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant program provides grant money to members through an application process. Applicants may request money for woodturning related classes, workshops, or symposium fees.

Special Notices

  • Swap Meet: Clear your calendar for our 4th annual swap meet/garage sale on Saturday, Oct 8th, from 9 am to noon. Additional information can be accessed in the calendar at the bottom of the page.
  • Wearing masks at meetings is now optional.
  • July was Group Buy month, our next Group Buy is October.

Upcoming Events

  • 4th annual swap meet/garage sale on Saturday, Oct 8th, from 9 am to noon in the basement of Rockler.
  • FRW Used Book sale, being held in conjunction with the swap meet.  The sale will feature used books in excellent condition, priced individually at $3.00 & $4.00.  A few DVDs will also be available and there will be many issues of Woodturning and Woodturning Design magazines as well.
  • October is our last Group Buy for the year.  Order forms can be found under the Resources tab at the top of the Home page.

Upcoming Events