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

June – Bill David (Pikes Peak Woodturners) – Rebecca DeGroot Inspired Walking Legs

Hailing from Corpus Christi TX, now Colorado Springs, Bill has been turning for 11 years or so.  Most of his work has been in common turning projects, Pens, Ornaments, Bottle stoppers, and a few Water Pipes. But about 3 years ago he started exploring the unusual with Rebeca DeGroot’s legged projects. He was then challenged to enter a regional art exhibit and took “Best In Show” in that gallery, despite no background in the arts.  That only served to spark a slew of new ideas to explore.  Bill is a past President of the Pikes Peak Woodturning club in Colorado Springs, and is their current Vice President.

Bill will be taking us through the process of creating one of Rebecca DeGroot’s walking legs fitted for a bowl.  Bill has never taken a class from Rebecca but has learned through studying her work and will be taking us through the process she uses to create these legs.  During the demo he will discuss the basics and the things he has learned, including: various techniques, avoiding easy pitfalls, dimensions, layout & design, types & styles, and project application.

July – Emily Ford (IRD-Interactive Remote Demo) – Captive Ring Baby Rattles and Spinning Tops

Emily Ford (better known as sheturnswood), has been captivated by captive rings since 2015. She took up turning specifically to learn to make captive ring baby rattles because she had just had a new baby boy, who she felt deserved a very special handmade toy that could last for years. Not long after she turned her first rattle she fell in love with the art and set out to become a well rounded turner.

She has demonstrated at the Utah Woodturning Symposium, Woodturners Worldwide Symposiums, and various Expos.  She has served several years as a board member of two local AAW sponsored turning clubs and is the President of the Timpanogous Turners club in Provo, Utah that meets at Craft Supplies USA where she has been known to teach courses from time to time.

She lives in Clearfield, Utah with her husband, 6 children, four dogs, one cat, and three lathes, and still puts just as much heart and soul into her projects as the day she gave that special first rattle that started it all to her son.

For her demo Emily will walk us through the process of turning  spinning tops and captive ring baby rattles. Learn proper spindle tool presentation and tool techniques while learning some easy and simple projects that are great warm-ups for a day at the lathe!

Demonstrators scheduled for 2024:

July 9th Special Class – Mark Gardner Shrink Box (from the Rocky Mtn Symposium)
Aug – Elizabeth Weber – Carving a Wave Leaf Motif
Sep – Raleigh Lockhart – Leaf Bowl
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 June meeting is a Hollow Form with decoration. Bonus points if you actually do a Sliced Hollow Form like Dave Landers demoed at our May meeting.
  • Dennis Fanning will give our May Brown Bag Demo on the Oneway Coring System.
  • Our next Group Buy will be in July, with pick 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

a stacked hamburgersausages on the grill

  • Our Summer BBQ is planned in conjunction with the Colorado Woodworkers Guild for Saturday, July 13th. Join us for an afternoon of Burgers, Brats, and Dogs!
  • AAW’s 38th Annual International Woodturning Symposium
    The AAW International Woodturning Symposium is the biggest and most well-known annual woodturning event in the world.

    May 23rd – 26th
    Portland, OR

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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