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.

October 9th.

The West Michigan Woodturners (WMW) Club presentation on October 9th. The presenters Neal Ferguson will be turning a small gift box from dried wood, and Dave Kerley will demonstrate turning umbrella ornaments for the outdoor demonstration at the
Northwest United Methodist Church, 3140 N 3rd Street, Kalamazoo Michigan.

Neal Ferguson:

Some samples of Neal’s boxes are shown below; the larger ones are 3 to 4 inches long and were turned out of dry mulberry.  Note the inside of one of the boxes shows the natural color of the mulberry. As an experiment, the little one was turned from a 2 inch diameter fresh stem of a multi-flora rose which I took no special efforts to prevent from cracking; and it did overnight. It’s recommended to only use dried wood for boxes – but experimenting is always fun…

Techniques used are roughing between centers, turning with a four jaw chuck, spindle turning, end-grain hollowing and friction chucking.  As an extra, the taller one has an off-center turned bead.  The finish is probably polyurethane varnish.

Dave Kerley:

Dave will demonstrate turning umbrella ornaments – utilizing scraps to make an inverted natural edge bowl shape adorned with finials. Dave typically uses scrap burl for the umbrella portion of the turning. Once completed with the finial, these ornaments look like elegant ballerinas. Some examples are shown here.