West Michigan Woodturners is an association of woodturners of all skill levels from beginners to advanced turners. The club is focused on education and advancing the art and science of turning all forms on lathes. We periodically offer an introductory class for beginning turners. At the monthly meetings demonstrations by either club members or invited speakers allow for turners of all levels to advance their skills. Please browse our site to see what we are doing and contact us if you have any questions.

Next Meeting

Coffee and woodturning April 28th, 2021

We will be having our next coffee hour get together Wednesday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom meeting.  We thought it would be a great time to have some our mentors introduce themselves and ask that they attend if possible. If you haven’t yet attended one of our ad hoc get togethers or a garage group this would be a great opportunity to find out what they are all about. The link to the meeting will be sent out shortly before 10 a.m. the day of the coffee hour. Your welcome to bring show n tell items to share or just your thoughts regarding woodturning in general. Questions are always welcome.  We will have a few short updates on what’s happening with our club and more.  We are looking forward to seeing those of you that can attend.  Keep on turning…Your Leadership Team

April 10, 2021

April’s demonstrator reminds me of the words of the Beach Boys – catch a wave and you’ll be sitting on top of the world! To do so however you will either need to be a member or, if you are a non-member, you may attend the meeting for a $10 fee. Non-members will need to contact Westmichiganwoodturners@comcast.net to make arrangements. Surfs up!

Our demonstrator will be Phil Rose. In Phil’s demonstration you will learn to create wonderful square edge, wavy, off-center bowls on the lathe (see pictures below for examples.) Phil will cover off-center turning of the bowl and the waves, as well as the embellishments — carving, painting. The lathe work will be completed live, and there will be ample time to discuss and review different embellishment options to enhance the piece and make it your own. 

BIO: Phil Rose is known for his thought-provoking wood-based art that starts life on a lathe but may be embellished with wood burning, dye, fused glass, or other delightful techniques. Some of his current work is inspired by thoughts of wave patterns and abstract shapes, as well as creating common objects with different wood. Phil strives to separate the mechanical aspects of woodturning from the physical results, inspiring views to not only admire the art but also wonder how it was created. Phil often says, “While I do generate ideas of art forms I would like to create, ultimately the wood needs to tell me what it wants to become for its second life.” Learn more about Phil from his website: https://dragonsrose.studio

Sign-in time starts at 9:30 AM. Be sure to sign into the zoom room early to get a seat with a great view. To help the meeting be successful, please plan to also take part in the “Show N Tell” portion. Just like our regular meetings, you can show your turning(s) and talk about how you produced it, the trial and errors, and of course the finish that you used on it. If you need help setting up Zoom, please phone Fred at 269-830-8934.

Turnings by some of our members

Beginning woodturning classes are postponed at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new class will be held when the situation is appropriate. Information will be posted on the website when it becomes available.