On Sunday, April 20th, 2008 the Pembroke Woodturners held a seminar featuring

Don Geiger presenting his demonstration entitled,

“Mastering the Side-Ground Bowl Gouge”.

Don demonstrated how to sharpen a gouge with a steep primary micro-bevel

and secondary relief bevel . He demonstrated how to use gouges, how to select

a bowl blank, jam and vacuum chucking and showed mounting options

and re-centering techniques.

The club also had a 50/50 drawing and other raffle prizes.

Don turning a piece of English Elm

Safety counts!

Don Geiger

Seminar gets started with Power Point.

In case you missed it or want to see it again!

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 was our clubs annual seminar

with guest speaker and demonstrator:

Keith Tompkins!

Thank you to Keith, those who attended and all the sponsors listed below!

*Abrasive Solutions Inc., Loveland, Ohio.

*AVES Studio LLC, River falls, WI 54022

715-386-9097  www.avesstudio.com

- 6 turning repair compound , retail value $8.50 each.

*Packard Woodworks Inc., Tryon, NC - $25 gift certificate!

*More Woodturning, Snohomish, WA - Magazine subscription!

*Deft, Inc., Alliance, OH - $50 gift certificate for assorted Deft products

*Lee Valley, Ogednsburg, NY.

*Dunabrade Inc., Clarence, NY.

*Jim Vasi, Williamsville, NY - Woodturners Software Suite

*Klingspors Woodworking Shop - Bargin box of snadpaper (value $39.95)

*UC Coatings, Buffalo, NY.

*Vinces Wood n Wonders, Jefferson, IN - Blue Flex Starter Kits (sanding kits) $29.95 ea.

*Woodline USA, LaVergen TN - 8 piece Bench Chisel Set $89.00

*Rockler WoodWorking / Ed Jolles, Williamsville, NY - 1 Bubinga Curly Bowl Blank, 12x12x3 Retail Price $119.99

*Water Street Hardware Inc. Corfu N.Y. 14036 - 3 CA Glue $5.50 each

                                         1 Activator $6.00

(excuse my lack of apostrophes,,, it keeps putting a large space in it for some reason. So, I didnt put them in..)


Cindy Drozda

Safety Tips!

Safety First

1 - Eye Protection

Should be worn whenever machines are running! You are only given one pair of eyes…. This is the only rule that should NEVER be

broken! No excuses will restore your sight if you are blinded!

2 – Hands Off 

The spinning workpiece. Fingers can get caught between the toolrest and the spinning work. Not worth the risk!

3 – Stop the Lathe

Before making any adjustments to the tool rest, tailstock, etc. Just good sense. Fingers can be caught in dangerous places, and/or you

could easily lose that piece that you spent hours working on.

4 – Loose clothing and/or jewelry

….are a bad idea around any power equipment.

5 – Listen

For any unusual sounds. It might mean the workpiece is about to fly apart, or the machine is damaged. Be aware of your surroundings!

The Woodturners Check List

1 – Fixing

….the workpiece to the lathe.  – Check if Secure - 

2 – Toolrest

Standard toolrest height is about ” below center. Adjust the toolrest for comfort and personal preference. – Clear -

3 – Speed

Generally, higher turning speeds give smoother easier cuts. – But - If there is excessive vibration, or if you’re not comfortable, slow the machine down. – Check before turning machine on –

5 – Sharp

The cleanest cuts start with sharp tools. Develop a sharpening system that gives you consistent results and sharpen often. If the cut is not happening like you think it should, the tool is probably dull. 

4 – Grain

Be aware of the grain direction in the workpiece. Grain direction affects design and technique decisions.

6 – Technique

Choose the correct type of cut for the job. The easiest cuts have the cutting edge presented to the side grain (rather than the endgrain).

Precise technique makes crisp, precise turnings.  

7 – Stance

Start in a position to finish comfortable. Weight should be evenly distributed over both feet. Shift body weight to move the tool through the cut.

Cindy Drozda
“The Fine Art of Woodturning”

P.O. Box 19065 – Boulder, CO 80308 – voice: 303-449-7170

fax: 720-306-3829 - [email protected]  www.cindydrozda.com