Welcome to Rocky Mountain Woodturners
We meet the Thursday after the first Tuesday of every month, 6:15 pm.
You are invited to attend your first two meetings as our guest.
2017 Membership dues are $40, family $55 and student $25. Dues may be given to or mailed to Vice President, Jim Felton (921 Shoshoni, Cheyenne, WY 82009). We now offer online membership as well. Please click here for the membership page. Your membership card will get you a discount at several local turning supply retail stores (see the Resources page.)
News (see events page for more details)
YouTube Channel for Rocky Mountain Woodturners Videos
RMWT has set up a YouTube Channel to make our club demonstration videos available online. A tab is now in the menu bar. To view a video click here.
2017 EOG Grant Applications
The annual EOG process will conclude shortly, so please consider applying. See details at the following link: RMWT EOG Guidelines and Application(pdf).
Submit 2017 completed applications to EOG Chairman Elizabeth Amigo, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding RMWT EOG grants, please contact Elizabeth or anyone else on the EOG committee or RMWT Board.
Woodbank Guidelines now available. Must be read prior to use of the woodbank.
Meetings of the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Club are held monthly at Woodcraft in Loveland located at 3718 Draft Horse Drive in Loveland, CO. For directions go to Woodcraft/Loveland or call 970.292.5940. Click here for upcoming meetings and scheduled events.
Up Coming Meetings
February 9, 2017 RMWT Monthly Meeting
Bob Franklin - review of EOG Grant for Trent Bosch Class
March 9, 2017 RMWT Monthly Meeting
Tom Boley - Natural Edge Square Bowls
Tom Boley will be our demonstrator at the March meeting. Tom is a professional woodturner, having started as a hobbyist in about 1995. He bought a custom architectural woodturning business in 2005 doing work mostly for contractors who were building custom homes as well as expansion or restoration of existing homes in Washington, DC, and northern Virginia. He and his wife, Judi, sold some of their commercial equipment in 2014 and moved "back home" to the Manhattan, Kansas, area where Tom has set up his shop and started once again doing some commercial work. Tom founded Flint Hills Woodturners after they arrived since Manhattan did not have a woodturning club. Tom also makes large wood woodturning tools for demonstrators and instructors who are standing in front of an audience and want to show the parts of a tool and how to hold it on the lathe. He will bring a set of Tom's Tools to use during his demonstration.
Tom has done many woodturning demonstrations for clubs in Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado and teaches each year at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. His two classes there are natural edge bowls and platters or trays. For our club, Tom will be demonstrating turning a square natural edge bowl but will discuss general techniques for bark-edged bowls as well as bowls cut on the bias and log bowls.
April 6, 2017 RMWT Monthly Meeting
I was born into woodworking.....my father owned a custom furniture shop on Long Island N.Y.
I learned from him all the tools and tricks he learned as an apprentice in the "old Country", Italy.
Through all these years of furniture building, antique restoration and duplication, it is the wood itself that I enjoy.....it`s nature, history, and character. I owned an antique restoration shop for 18 years. This is where the beginnings of my passion for wood LATHE work began, duplicating antique finials and other elements of fine furniture. I am now a full time independent woodturner, working with the medium I still love.....figured woods of all kinds, chainsawn and mounted on the lathe, drawing on a on a lifetime of experience and observation.
In my work, I strive to combine the tactile and visual nature of wood with my perceptions of form and line, actual and implied. The pieces often require extensive carving and shaping along with the lathe work. Inspiraton arises most often from my awareness and observations of organic forms all around us. ...for example, my latest "Ocean" series which is inspired by the theme of endangered ocean reefs and my experiences with the ocean.
I am proud to be a part of the wood turning community here in Colorado Springs as a member of the local Pikes Peak Woodturners club and as a member of the American Association of Woodturners. I am an avid student of the many masters in this field and constantly study and aspire to become a better artist. In 2013 I was the featured artist in the October issue of Woodturning Design Magazine.