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 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.

Upcoming Demonstrations

August – Elizabeth Weber – Carving a Wave/Leaf Motif 

Elizabeth is a woodturning instructor who lives in Seattle, WA. She began woodworking in 2015, and some of her first creations included several pieces of furniture in the Arts & Crafts style. She eventually turned to smaller objects and now specializes in bowls, spoons, and boxes. Her skills range from natural finish and simple forms to highly carved and painted forms that emulate natural motifs. Elizabeth serves as President for the Seattle Woodturners club, and she helps run the local spoon club chapter (the Seattle Spoon Club). She was awarded the American Association of Woodturner’s 2023 Professional Outreach Program’s Artist Showcase and demonstrated at the 2023 AAW Louisville Symposium.

In this presentation Elizabeth will discuss the story behind her carved piece (1st picture) and how to look at nature abstractly for inspiration. She will talk about the tools, tips, and tricks for creating the wave/leaf motifs on your turned objects. This consists of layout, and ways to highlight the wood or add additional textures to the piece through the use of rotary carvers, woodburners, and hand tools. We’ll explore various ways to add color to your finished work by using milk paint, and what finishes you can apply to your surface when you are done.

Elizabeth is also teaching a hands on class the day after our monthly meeting. A class sign up link was emailed to members.

September – TBD


Demonstrators scheduled for 2024:

Oct – Matt Monaco – Advanced Skew Work
Nov – Bear Limvere, Two Handed Quaiche Bowl
Dec – Holiday Party

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.
turning a candlestick on a lathe

Special Notices

  • I’ve added a new FORMS tab (above) where you’ll find all of our forms in one spot (Group Buy, Membership, Gallery, etc).
  • The turning challenge for the August meeting is anything with captive rings. 
  • The next Brown Bag Demo will be in September (note the date change on the calendar). Raleigh Lockhart will demo Making A Finish Jar.
  • Group Buy orders need to be received by July 9th if you want to pick them up at the August meeting.
  • Did you renew your membership?  We have a new online form if you want to pay with credit card or PayPal. If you want to pay with check you can still fill out an eForm and mail it in.  Click on FRW Membership Info (top of the Home page), and fill out the Current Member Renewal Online Form.
  • PHEOG Grant. Congratulations to all of the lucky recipients of a Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant!  For more information about the program click on Education > PHEOG.

Upcoming Events

SWAT 32nd Annual Woodturning Symposium

Get Ready!  SWAT 2024 registration is now open. Registration includes lunch all 3 days. Register by July 31st, after that prices are higher at the door. 

Congratulations to FRW members Jessica Edwards and Pat Scott who will be Regional Demonstrators at SWAT this year.

August 23, 24, 25
Waco, TX

  • Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium

    Registration is now open.  Every registration includes a T-Shirt and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Early registration (before June 1) will be discounted. After August 31st, the price increases and T-Shirts are not available.

    Congratulations to FRW member Chris Hoehle who will be one of the Regional Demonstrators at the symposium this year.

    September 27, 28, 29
    Loveland, CO

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