David Wright's Ornament Class
David Wright reprised his inside out ornament class this past Saturday for another 11 OVWG members. Everyone made good progress, making excellent use of the tips and techniques that David provided.
OVWG Exhibit in the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center
Over 50 wood turned items will be exhibited in the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center, in the main entry hall, from August 5 through October 26. A wide variety of items will be on display: bowls, platters, hollow forms, boxes, urns, pendants, "every day" functional items, and some pieces that can only be described as "artsy"! The exhibit can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 Noon to 5pm.
November 19, 2016 - Demonstrator
It is all about the wood. I have always been a builder and a maker, but it was not until I was given a wood lathe by my parents in 1997 that I discovered the world of woodturning.
I am especially passionate about working with large pieces of green wood and their uninterrupted, flowing grain patterns. Green wood has its own set of special needs, notably needing approximately one year of air drying time for each 1” of log thickness .
I have always liked wood for its integrity, strength, and versatility; now I am also in love with its varying grain patterns, colors, and its deeper, more spiritual aspects. I never get tired of wood’s beauty. I work hard to honor and celebrate wood and its character in each piece I create.
Additional information from Dennis Paullus:
I’m a Woodturner. Woodturning started as a hobby for me in 1996 when I received a lathe for Christmas. This started the wonderfull journey of learning and discovery for me into the world of woodturning. I have always been a maker it seems. I began drawing and modeling clay at a pretty young age. I was a carpenter’s helper one summer at 15 years old. That was to lead to a lifetime into construction where I continued my thirst for making and building. I eventually did less and less making than I did organizing and planning as it became more of a job than a passion.
Woodturning returned me my passion for making and working wood with my hands again. I make functional and sculptural work and the carving and embellishing of these objects has become a big part of my work today.
Teaching and Demonstrating is a logical result of my journey too. Sharing the techniques of turning and carving have become very full filing and satistiving, These techniques were freely taught to me by others as part of the woodturning mission statement which I strive to continue.
As I start my 20th year of this journey of sharing and teaching I find that my passions have not dimmed but burn ever brighter with every year.