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 meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM in the basement of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 2553 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, 80222.
Visitors are welcome to join us at one of our meetings to see what we are all about.
March – Chris Hoehle – Picture Frame Boxes
Chris Hoehle’s love for woodturning dates back nearly 18 years to his first woodturning class in 2006 in the Red Rocks Community College Fine Woodworking program. At the time he was primarily interested in furniture design and other flatwork, but somewhere in the middle of that first semester, the lathe captivated his attention like it did for so many of us and he hasn’t looked back since!
After making his way through all of the course offerings at Red Rocks, he sought out more advanced instruction at the top arts and crafts schools across the country such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied with many of the top woodturners in the field today, and where he would eventually meet the person he credits as his main mentor, Jacques Vesery.
His March demo is “Picture Frame Boxes” where he’ll demonstrate his procedure for creating an end grain box with a contrasting wood inlay on the lid that is visible from both the top and the underside of the lid. In addition to the special steps needed to create that effect, all of the typical topics for creating an end grain box such as hollowing and getting the fit of the lid just right will be covered as well.
April – Keith Gotschall – 3 Bowls
Keith grew up in the Midwest, but in 1981 he made Colorado his home. Living in Boulder, he took advantage of all the outdoor activites available. Rock climbing became a passion of his. To fund his adventures Keith followed another lifelong passion, woodturning. Starting in a factory on the night shift making “butcher block” furniture, he quickly rose through the ranks. Keith made his way through various cabinet shops, ending with a designer making very eclectic furniture.
In 1989 he struck out on his own, developing his own clientele and designs under the name K2 Woodworks. 1998 saw him change focus from furniture to woodturning. Moving from Boulder to the small town of Salida, CO, saw another change for Keith as it was there that he met his wife Catherine. Keith now fills his workdays with production architectural turning, furniture, teaching and demonstrations, as well as any old weird job that comes in. For fun he still explores Colorado, often on his dual sport motorbike.
With his background in fine art, and a love of the truly utilitarian, Keith’s work can be noted for its clean lines, smooth curves and tight detail.
Keith is an excellent demonstrator and fan favorite. In Keith’s demo he will show 3 or 4 different ways to make a bowl. Whether you’ve made one bowl or a hundred, there will be something for everyone. Keith is also teaching a class the next day on “Manhole Cover Box”. Check out the picture above, there is no knob! You’ll have to take his class to learn how to get the lid off.
Demonstrators scheduled for 2024:
May – Dave Landers – Sliced Hollow Form
Jun – open
Jul – IRD with Emily Ford – Captured Ring
Aug – Elizabeth Weber – Embellishment / Carving
Sep – Raleigh Lockhart – Leaf Bowl
Oct – Matt Monaco
Nov – open
Dec – Holiday Party
- 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.
- The turning challenge for the March meeting is a “Table like structure” (side table, cake stand, plant stand, etc.).
- Great news! Craft Supplies have gone back to a 13% discount for Group Buy orders. We are having a special February Group Buy because a lot items ordered during the January meeting were out-of-stock and should be in stock now. February Group Buy orders must be received by Feb 20th.
- Smocks have been received, patches sewn on, and deliveries made. If you haven’t picked up your smock up yet contact Jay Miller.
- It’s time to renew your membership! Click on Become a Member (top right corner on the Home page), fill out the Current Member Renewal Form, and mail, email, or bring the form with a check to the next meeting. Checks are preferred, but you can also pay via PayPal. IF YOU HAVEN’T PAID BY MARCH YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE ROSTER.
- PHEOG Grant. The Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant applications are due by March 15th. This is money the club gives to members to take classes or attend a symposium or workshop. For more info click on Education > PHEOG.
- Summer BBQ planned in conjunction with The Woodworkers Guild. Time, date, and location TBD.