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May 8-10, 2017
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.
Johnny Bowman's Travel Mug Class
Johnny helped 8 members make a beautiful wood clad travel mug. he supplied the wood, the inserts, and a lot of very helpful advice based on experience. It was a fun day!!
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
3-Day Class in the OVWG Learning Center
"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."
Rudy's class is full, if you would like to be put on the wait list click on the following button and follow the instructions to be put on the wait list: Rudy Lopez -Class If a class cancellation occurs, you will be notified of a place in the class, register and pay for the class at the time of notification.
To see more of Rudy's work visit his website at the following: Rudy's website
Monthly Meeting - May 20, 2017
Michael Mocho - has been a full-time craftsman since 1976 with extensive experience in furniture design, woodturning, architectural millwork, pattern making, and stringed musical instruments. He operates a small shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico producing commissioned furniture, contract woodturning, and decorative containers for the gift market.
He has completed residencies at the Arrowmont School of Craft, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the International Turning Exchange program at the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. He is known for his intricate containers that often combine bent wood with turned, carved, and textured components, which have won numerous awards and are in many private and public collections.
Visit Michael's website HERE to see more of his work.
Click HERE to register for Michael's Hands-On class, Sunday, May 21, 2017.
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