September’s meeting/demo will be at 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 28th at the White Bluff Road Campus of Savannah Technical College (5717 White Bluff Road). Jacksonville woodturner, Ed Malesky will be our featured demonstrator. Ed was recently commissioned to create laser engraved platters for Jacksonville’s 2018 LISC Community Development Awards. Ed is an accomplished woodturner, woodworker and artist and will turn one of the platters as part of his demo.
Our next demo is 6:00 p.m. THURSDAY, August 23rd at the Coastal Heritage Society’s Georgia State Railroad Museum. Their gravel parking lot is on the south side of Louisville Road / Liberty Street (they are the same street) which is across the street from the Visitors’ Center. You will enter the property and the demo will be on the first floor of the Museum office building which is located at the far southeastern corner of the property. This is the same place where we had last February’s demonstration.
Fran DiTommaso is our demonstrator. Fran is a very skilled demonstrator and his demos are always very informative and entertaining. Please join us.
Our next demo will be Friday, July 20th, 6:00 p.m. at Savannah Technical College’s White Bluff Road Campus. Noel Wright will be our demonstrator. Noel is a founding member of the Lowcountry Turners, served as president for many years and is a very talented turner. He has spent many thousands of hours at the lathe meticulously focusing on correct geometry, form and technique which he will share with us as he plans to demonstrate the correct use and the correct sharpening techniques for our woodturning tools. This will be a great event for woodturners of every skill level.
LCT Members & Woodturning Friends,
Unfortunately, we have to cancel this Friday’s LCT Demo at Savannah Technical College. Dan Lee was contacted Wednesday afternoon by College staff. At issue was a late scheduling conflict with Savannah Tech’s security staff who were unable to meet the State’s statutory security requirements at their White Bluff Campus for Friday evening’s event. It was decided we could not relocate on short notice so we have to cancel the event.
We apologize to our members, our woodturning friends and especially to our invited demonstrator, Ed Malesky, and his wife, Sunnie. Ed is a super talented woodturning artist and we will work to get him back into our schedule – hopefully, later this year.
Reminder: We are on vacation in June but will be back in July. You should expect to receive a newsletter / communication from the board in late June.
Regards… Dan Lee (for the board)
Our next meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18th at the White Bluff Campus of Savannah Technical College. Our demonstrator will be Ed Malesky. Ed recently had a commission to make some laser-engraved shallow bowls out of 8/4 kiln dried material and plans to share this experience with the LCT. He will be turning one of these shallow bowls. Ed is a highly skilled wood turner and has served as president of the Northeast Florida Woodturners’ Association, he is chairman of the group that puts together the Florida Woodturning Symposium every February at the Lake Yale Baptist Center, and is president of the Jacksonville area Turning Arts Group. (You can find some of Ed’s demonstrations on YouTube.) May’s demo will be another terrific event.
Our next demo will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at the White Bluff Campus of Savannah Technical College. Our demonstrator will be Robert Lyon, retired professor and chairman of the art department of the University of South Carolina. www.robertflyon.com The campus is located at 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah 31405. Drive around to the back of the campus. Park anywhere. The demonstration will be in the Historic Preservation area located about 50 yards down the hall after entering through the glass doors.
The March meeting will be at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 29th at Case Woodworking Supply, 1725 Grove Point Road, Savannah, GA. Our demonstrator will be Al Medlock from Vidalia, GA. Al owns and operates Oggie’s Originals from which he sells his original woodcarvings, paintings and woodturnings. March’s demo is certain to be a unique and a very interesting experience.
Our next meeting on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00pm will be at the Georgia State Railroad Museum (Railroad Roundhouse property), 303 ML King Blvd, Savannah. Fran DiTommaso is the featured demonstrator. The Museum property is quite large. The demo will be on the first floor of the Museum’s office building which is located at the southeastern most corner of the property. If you park in the visitor’s parking lot, then you will have about a 100 yard walk to the building. If you prefer, you can park on West Jones Street near the intersection of Purse Street. The Museum’s office building is right at that corner. You will pass through the iron gates about 20 feet from the intersection then about 25 feet to your left is the entrance to the ground floor meeting space. The Coastal Rail Buffs (model railroaders) have a permanent model railroad on display on the Museum property. You may want to come a little early to walk around.
Our next demonstration meeting will be FRIDAY, January 26th, 6:00 p.m. at the White Bluff Campus of SAVANNAH TECHNICAL COLLEGE, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah 31405. Steve Cook will be demonstrating architectural turning, including basic spindle turning and candle sticks.
Roy Yarger and Lonnie Bott will be the featured demonstrators. Both have many years of experience turning both simple and complex projects. October’s demo will focus on simple, but very nicely executed, gift type items.
There will also be a raffle for a Nick Cook parting tool that was generously donated by Chace Holloway of Case Woodworking Supply.
The meeting will be held at 6pm on Thursday, October 26 at Case Woodturning Supply in Savannah. The meeting is free and open to the public.
This month’s meeting will follow a special format. Rather than having one demonstrator, we will have several members of differing ability working on turning one bowl. The goal is to solve common turning problems as they arise so we can all learn from the process. The turning lineup will be:
Noel Wright: blank selection
Dan Lee: roughing
Fran DiTommaso & Lonnie Bott: outside
Jeff Amacher: hollowing
Steve Cook: bottom
The meeting will be held at 6pm on Thursday, September 28 at Case Woodturning Supply in Savannah.
Beginning September 28, 2017, our meetings will be held at 6pm on the last Thursday of the month at Case Woodworking Supply, 1725 Grove Point Road, Savannah. As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.
Tallahassee woodturning artist Walt Wager will be the featured demonstrator at the Thursday, May 25th meeting of Lowcountry Turners—6 p.m. at Case Woodworking Supply, 1725 Grove Point Road, Savannah. For more information about the artist, go to www.waltwager.com. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to help defray travel costs are appreciated.
Our next demo features Nick Cook, a nationally-known woodturner from the metropolitan Atlanta area. Nick is a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners, and has taught, lectured and written widely on woodturning topics. As always, our demos are free and open to the public. This demo will be held at Case Woodwoorking Supply at 1725 Grove Point Road, Savannah. Start time it 6pm.
We are sorry to announce that we will no longer be able to hold our monthly meetings and demos at Maven Makers. The owners of the building that holds Maven Makers have made some changes that make it no longer a viable option for our club. We are currently pursuing other options. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming demos and their new locations.
The member dues for 2017 are due no later than our March 2nd meeting. Dues have gone up $5 this year: $35 for AAW members, $40 for non-members, and $50 for a family membership. Please bring either cash or a check to the next meeting, or mail your payment to Roy Yarger at 22 Gresham Lane, Savannah, GA 31419.
Our monthly meeting has been postponed to Thursday, March 2 to accommodate the schedule of our featured demonstrator, Nick Agar. Nick is a widely sought after award-winning demonstrator with over 25 years of woodturning experience. Examples of his work can be seen here. As always, the member meeting will be held at 6pm at Maven Makers in Savannah, and is free and open to the public.
Just in time for the holidays! Make a snowman to hang on your tree or give away to someone special.
Thursday, December 1 5:30pm
Make a birdhouse to hang on your tree or give away to someone special.
Thursday, December 8 5:30pm
Intro to Woodturning
This introduction to woodturning will cover the equipment, tools, safety, and techniques used in the art of woodturning.
Saturday, December 10 9am
Stay tuned for more classes starting February 2017!
These are the Lowcountry Turners classes coming up in the next few months at Maven Makers. Click on the class to sign up on the Maven Makers web site.
Bowl class taught by Peter Lamb
Peppermill 2-part class taught by Roy Yarger
Kaleidoscope 2-part class taught by Steve Cook
Birdhouse Ornament class taught by Roy Yarger
Snowman Ornament class taught by Steve Cook
Our member meeting for August will be on the 25th at 6pm at Maven Makers in Savannah. Our featured demonstrator will be Roy Yarger—he’ll be demonstrating a disc vase. Download an article Roy wrote for the Summer 2005 issue of Woodturning Design. As always, our member meetings are free and open to the public.
Beginner and intermediate woodturning classes for July and August 2016 are scheduled as follows:
July 7: Mystery Salt Shaker, taught by Lonnie Bott
July 28: Natural Edge Bowl, taught by Jeff Amacher
July 30: Intro to Woodturning, taught by Peter Lamb
August 4: Pens, taught by Lonnie Bott
August 11: Yo-yos, taught by Steve Cook
August 18: Platters with Decoration, taught by Steve Cook
All classes are held at Maven Makers in Savannah, GA. Sign up is through the Maven Makers web site.
Our next monthly meeting will take place at 6pm on Thursday, July 21st—the third Thursday of the month, rather than the last Thursday—to accommodate the schedule of our featured demonstrator, Crystal Holman. Crystal, an art teacher from Statesboro, GA, and a former Lowcountry Turners member, will be demonstrating pyrography, or the art of woodburning. As always, our meetings are free and open to the public.
We are very fortunate to have Peggy Schmid as our featured demonstrator at the next Lowcountry Turners member meeting on Thursday, June 30. Peggy is the president of the Georgia Association of Woodturners, and her pieces are in private and corporate collections throughout the country. See her portfolio here.
As always, member meetings are free and open to the public. 6 pm at Maven Makers, 415 W Boundary St, Savannah.
Our next monthly member meeting will take place on Thursday, May 26. Our own Jeff Amacher will demonstrate hollowing utilizing a homemade Jamieson style captive hollowing system. We’ll also hold a 50/50 raffle, so be sure to bring plenty of cash! As always, this event is free and open to the public.
The next member meeting will be on Thursday, April 28 at 6pm at Maven Makers. As always, this event is free and open to the public. A representative from Robert Sorby Tools will be demonstrating their line of tools, now available at Case Woodworking in Savannah.
Here is the upcoming schedule for Lowcountry Turners woodturning classes held at Maven Makers. All classes are taught by Lowcountry Turners members. You can sign up on the Maven Makers web site. Lowcountry Turners and Maven Makers members get a 20% discount.
April 14 – Lidded Boxes
April 21 – 5-Pointed Bowl
May 5 – Bottle Openers, Pizza Cutters, Ice Cream Scoops
May 7 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
May 12 – Resins and Pigments
May 19 – Basic Bowl
May 21 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
June 2 – Introduction to Segmented Turning Part 1
June 4 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
June 16 – Introduction to Segmented Turning Part 2
June 18 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
June 23 – Acorn Boxes
July 2 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
July 7 – Bottle Stoppers
July 14 – How to Make a Vacuum Chuck (this is a lecture class, not a workshop class)
July 16 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
July 21 – Natural Edge Bowl
August 4 – Pens
August 6 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
August 11 – Yo-Yos
August 18 – Platters with Decoration
August 20 – Intro to Woodturning (Unless you’re an experienced woodturner, this class is a prerequisite for all other woodturning classes at Maven Makers.)
Maven Makers will be throwing their Spring Into Making: Class Launch party on May 7 from 4:30 to 7:30pm, to introduce new classes, including jewelry, leatherworking, ceramics, and more. There will be food, live music, a silent auction, and free demos and workshops. It would be great if we could show our support with a strong showing at the event. More information about submitting pieces to the silent auction.
Lowcountry Turners members are invited to submit work to be sold at the Maven Makers silent auction, part of the Spring Into Making Class Launch on May 7 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Email hi-res photos of your items to email@example.com, along with a brief description and a minimum sale price, by April 22. Maven Makers will be taking a percentage of the final sales price (percentage to be determined).
Lowcountry Turners is exhibiting at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island this October. We are limited to 40 pieces in total. All items must be for sale, with a $2,000 limit for a single item. Goodyear Cottage takes a 25% commission. Completed inventory sheets are due to Roy by September 1st. These sheets will be distributed at upcoming meetings and will be made available online. The pieces are due to Roy at the September 29th meeting, or need to be delivered to Goodyear Cottage by 9am on October 1.
The opening reception will be Sunday, October 2 from 1 to 3pm. All exhibitors should attend. The exhibit runs through October 31.
We are now selling t-shirts through our online shop. We have limited quantities right now, but more will be ordered if there’s interest.
Setup for the Savannah Cultural Affairs Show from March 4-April 1 will be March 1-3. Roy will start the setup on March 1 at 10am. Anyone that wants to help is welcome.The opening reception for the exhibit will be March 4 from 5 to 9pm. All members are encouraged to attend. Roy will buy appetizers, plates, cups and napkins from Sam’s Club. He will also provide wood serving platters and/or bowls.
Just a reminder that any artwork sold during the exhibit will remain at the show for the entire duration.
The exhibit ends April 4. Roy will be there at 10am to start to tear down the exhibit. Members who are exhibiting work can pick up their pieces on April 4. Volunteers are needed to pick up work for members who can’t be there and distribute it at the next member meeting on April 28.
Lowcountry Turners is exhibiting at the Savannah Cultural Arts Gallery March 4-April 1. We are planning to exhibit 35-40 turned pieces, with a limit of three pieces per member. (This number may change if more or fewer people opt to participate.) Exhibition agreement forms can be downloaded here. Please bring the completed form, along with your artwork, to the February 25th Lowcountry Turners meeting, or deliver them to the Savannah Cultural Arts Gallery at 9 Henry St by February 29th.
Lowcountry Turners has partnered with Maven Makers to hold woodturning classes at their beautiful facilities at 415 W. Boundary St. in Savannah. Browse the classes here. Classes are taught by Lowcountry Turners members, and will be held to only 7 students per class to ensure personal attention. Lowcountry Turners members get a 20% or more discount on classes. So tell all your friends to sign up today! Upcoming classes include lidded boxes, pepper mills, spinning tops and pens. Introduction to Woodturning will be taught the first Thursday of every month.
Pay your dues here! It’s that time of year again. Lowcountry Turners member dues for 2016 are:
- Single: $30 for AAW members; $40 for non-members
- Family: $35 for AAW members; $45 for non-members
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. Winners will be announced at the monthly members’ meeting at Maven Makers at 6pm.
Due to popular demand, our 1st Annual Lowcountry Turners Raffle has been extended through Wednesday, December 9th! Winners will be announced on Thursday, December 10th. There’s still a great chance that you could win your favorite pieces, including the custom-sized wooden turned cowboy hat by Chris Ramsey. Buy your tickets today!
We are thrilled to have found a new teaching venue at Maven Makers on 415 West Boundary Street in Savannah! Our next two classes will feature Christmas ornaments on Thursday, November 12th and Thursday, December 3rd, both 6-9pm. Each class is $25 for Lowcountry Turners members and $35 for non-members. Advanced sign-up is required: http://mavenmakers.com/event/wood-turning-christmas-ornaments.
Our October Monthly Meeting will be our last one at The Guild Hall. The meeting is Thursday, October 29th at 6pm. Steve Pritchard from Winston, GA, will be turning bangles and pendants. Visit his web site at stevepritchardwoodturning.com to see his other artwork.
Stay tuned for location details for the November meeting.
The combined November/December Lowcountry Turners meeting will be Thursday, December 10th at 6pm at Maven Makers. The featured demonstrator will be Bradley McCalister from Easy Wood Tools.
The First Annual Lowcountry Turners Raffle is now live! Click here or on the link in the top menu to see the beautiful items that are included. Tickets are $20 each, and you can buy as many as you want to increase your chances. Our featured item is a turned, custom-fitted Cowboy Hat by master turner Chris Ramsey.
The raffle will run now through the end of November. All proceeds go to support club business, including paying experts to teach and offer workshops, expanding our outreach through advertising, buying teaching equipment and funding scholarships to turning camps. This is your chance to support the club and all the good work it does. Buy your tickets today!
Lowcountry Turners will be hosting one of our own, Jeff Amacher, at this Thursday’s regular monthly LCT meeting from 6-8pm at The Guild Hall. Jeff will be demonstrating the art of turning a bowl—from log to finish. As always, the meeting is open to public.
Lowcountry Turners will be entering a collaborative project in the 2016 American Association of Woodturners Annual International Symposium, to be held June 9-12 in Atlanta. We’re looking for turners who’d like to be a part of the winning team! If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Roy Yarger. We would like to have our team assembled by the end of the year.
Lowcountry Turners will be holding an online raffle to raise funds for club business. Our members have generously donated some of their finest turned projects as prizes in the Lowcountry Turners raffle. You’ll have the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket for each of the items you’d like to take home. And with a limited number of raffle tickets sold per item, you’ll have a great chance of winning! Proceeds will support Lowcountry Turners club business, including paying experts to teach and offer workshops, expanding our outreach through advertising, buying teaching equipment and funding scholarships to turning camps.
The raffle page is scheduled to go live by September 30, 2015. Check back here for updates.
Sept 3, 2015 – Pens
Sept 10, 2015 – Small Bowl
Oct 1, 2015 – Small Plate
Oct 8, 2015 – Bowl Turning Techniques
Interested in getting started in woodturning? We are holding Intro to Woodturning classes at The Guild Hall in Savannah. No experience is needed. We’ll provide all the materials and equipment you need. Bring a pair of safety goggles if you have them, or you can purchase them in the Guild Hall store. In addition, wear closed-toed shoes, tie back long hair and avoid loose clothing, jewelry, or any dangling ties, etc.
Classes are held the first and second Thursdays of the month from 6 to 9pm. The cost per project is typically $20 for Guild Hall members and $25 for non-members. Sign up is through the Guild Hall’s web site. Space is limited to five students. You must pre-register to reserve a space in the class.
Our next Lowcountry Turners meeting is Thursday, August 28. Pat Harris, a South Carolina turner, will be demonstrating the turning of an ornamental bird feeder. The meeting will be at The Guild Hall in Savannah. All are welcome.