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.
December 12, 2020
What a way to celebrate the holiday season! We must have been really “good” this year because Alan and Mary Lacer will join us in a “discussion” about their journey in teaching and turning wood. If their names sound familiar it could be because Alan is a past President and Mary a past Executive Director of the American Association of Woodturners and both are professional wood turners. They have traveled the world learning about and teaching wood turning. Alan is a perennial instructor at the prestigious Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana, teaching courses from basic woodturning techniques to advanced use of the skew, his favorite tool. Their acquired knowledge is extensive and covers all aspects of woodturning from cutting logs/blanks all the way to obtaining an outstanding finish and methods of embellishment. This is an ideal time and opportunity to ask questions of some premier woodturners about those problems that you have not been able to figure out the answers to as they have seen and dealt with most everything on and off a lathe. The discussion should be full of interesting information and very enjoyable. Be sure to bring your spouse to the meeting as they will be as, if not more, interested in what Alan and Mary have to share with us. Be sure to study the photos which includes a Jello Segmented Bowl that they turned at their home in Wisconsin when the outside temperature was –35 degrees. So if nothing else you can start a career on turning your holiday leftovers into works of art. Some examples of Alan’s and Mary’s work are shown below.
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, 269-830-8934.
Mary Lacer BIO http://www.marylacerwoodturning.com/
I was first introduced to woodturning in the late 70’s while taking a cabinetmaking course and left flatwork behind to pursue turning wood on the lathe. The first item I turned on the lathe was a lamp. From there I moved on to everything from tops, miniatures, vases, plates, bowls and hollow forms to huge platters turned outboard, since the maximum swing on my lathe was 12″. After turning for 20 years or so, I started to concentrate on useful items for personal care (perfume pens, shaving sets), culinary use (rolling pins, spurtles and muddlers), home and garden, holiday decorations (snowmen and gnomes and just because!
Over 40 years later I still get excited about a new technique, process, or a new wood that I haven’t turned before. The ongoing discovery of woodturning keeps me young and gives me a challenge.
Alan Lacer Bio from https://www.alanlacer.com/
Alan has been involved in woodturning for over forty years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, demonstrator and expert witness. Alan has been an instructor and demonstrator, working in all fifty states and six foreign countries. His published writings—upwards of 150—cover a wide spectrum of woodturning from historical and cultural, technical and specific projects. His specialties include the skew chisel, sharpening techniques, finishing, lidded boxes and making/using hook tools. In 1999 he was awarded the Honorary Member Award for that year from the American Association of Woodturners for his contributions to the field. He has appeared on PBS in the series, Woodturning Workshop and on the DYI channel.
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.