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Welcome to the Website for the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild!
We are a volunteer group of over 280 people who like to make things out of wood on a lathe. We love to share what we do and help our members and others learn and get better at making functional and decorative things with wood.
We invite everyone to explore our website, visit us at one of our meetings, and even join our group. Our Guild has much to offer: monthly meetings with demonstrations of woodturning skills, classes and open shop time in our fully equipped Learning Center studio, mentors to help new members learn how to turn, and more. Select the "Event Calendar" to see the many meetings and other activities we have underway.
In the "Meetings and Membership" Tab you'll find details about our meetings, and a link to a membership form. In the "About Us" Tab, you'll find our Mission, how we're organized and more.
If you have questions or want to learn more, go the "Contact Us" tab to contact information for the Board members of our Guild.
March 19, 2017 - Hands-On Class
March 25, 2017 - Youth Turning Event
The participants in Steve Pritchard's Hands-On Class, March 19, 2017 with their completed hollow form vessels.
Attendees at the March 25th Youth Turning Event along with the OVWG members who served as mentors.
Our Next Monthly Meeting is April 15, 2017
OVWG Member Demonstrator
Arn will be will be demonstrating off-axis turning to create candle holders. If you were at the March meeting and made a tour of the "Show and Tell" table you saw some of the off-axis items created by Arn. During the April meeting Arn will demonstrate off-axis turning, showing us the techniques and tools to use to create candle holders.
In Arn's words:
"As an artist and observer, I am attracted to art that moves, or has the feeling of movement. I suspect this is a direct result of years of being a juggler. As a result of watching hundreds of performances and seeing the many manipulations and balances that are both technically complex and mesmerizing, I like to imitate those same traits in my artwork. I enjoy pieces that provoke both a "Wow" effect, and are just plain fun. A successful piece will make a person smile, if either because of its humor or their own amazement. "
More of Arn's creative turnings are on his website: Arn's Website
SHOW & TELL
Bring those pieces you have been working on these winter months for the "Show and Tell" portion of the meeting. There are too many hidden talented turners who do not share with us their works of art.
NOTE: Look around your shop and storage areas for wood, tools, etc., that you no longer need or use and bring them to the April meeting. There will be a silent auction for all items donated and the funds raised will go to the OVWG Scholarship Fund. Look now for those items that might meet the needs of other Guild members.
The meeting will begin at 9 am in the Kennedy Heights Art Center - Lindner Annex conference room.
PS: If we ask Arn kindly he may entertain us with his juggling prowess.
May 8-10, 2017
3-Day Class in the OVWG Learning Center
Rudy will conduct a 3-Day Class in the OVWG Learning Center, Monday-Wednesday, May 8-10, 2017. In the 3-day sessions, Rudy will be guiding the participants through the creation of a Natural Edge End-Grain Vase, the ABC's and XYZ's of Bowl Turning , Square to Round Bowls, Vases and Hollow Forms. If time and materials are available, Rudy will help the class with other projects
"Rudy began working with his hands at a very young age and began to develop his creative eye through photography—his first artistic pursuit. With an education in drafting and design, he drew inspiration from the surroundings of his youth, Rudy began his relationship with wood as a craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry. His desire to explore wood-turning began to develop when he received a natural-edge turned bowl as a Christmas gift from his best friend. Since that time, Rudy’s natural sense of curiosity has led him to explore the techniques necessary to transform wood from a simple rough chunk into an piece of aesthetic beauty. He has the ability to look at an object, understand how it is made, and recreate it with very little effort. It is as if his brain is linked to his hands by some arcane memory."
You may register for Rudy's class by clicking the following button and following the instructions to register and pay for the class: Rudy Lopez -Class
To see more of Rudy's work visit his website at the following: Rudy's website