New Mexico Woodturners
New Mexico Wood Turners, located in Albuquerque, has over 100 members from the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and around central New Mexico. We meet the first Saturday of each month and welcome anyone with an interest in wood turning, from beginner to professional.
Meetings feature presentations on turning techniques, wood selection, tools and safety. Special topics have included vacuum chucks, holiday ornaments, and other unique subjects. Every meeting includes an informal "Instant Gallery" of member work which you can see in our GALLERY section.
Ahh, April - that lovely month when we begin to think winter has been left behind, but Mother Nature reminds us it’s not too far gone…
The next couple of months we’re having some pretty special presentations in our club meetings. THERE WILL BE NO INSTANT GALLERY FOR EITHER APRIL OR MAY. We want as much time as possible for the presentations.
April’s presenter will be Michael Mocho, a local master turner of such varied talent that Program Director Hy Tran has not even asked him to focus on anything in particular, but simply to wow us with his talent and technique. So his presentation will be “chef’s choice.” And whatever Michael demonstrates, you can expect to learn something new and unusual.
In May we’ll have our annual guest professional. This year it will be Trent Bosch, from Ft. Collins, CO. Trent is a world renowned turner with lots of creativity and the talent to carry it off. His presentation will last until 3:00 PM. As usual with our guest presenters, Trent will hold full-day, hands-on workshops the following week. Watch for details soon from John Ellis.
In other news, keeping in mind that a number of our members consider themselves “newbies” who are still learning to “rub the bevel,” etc., we hope to bring back our basic workshops, which have not been held for several years. The first workshop will be on spindle turning, and the second on bowl turning. (You should be prepared to take spindle class first.) These workshops are five days long, and are “project based,” meaning you will walk away from each with a number of completed pieces. We hope to offer the workshops sometime between late summer and mid fall.
This month’s helpful tip: When using rattle can finishes, you are supposed to clean the nozzle at the end of each use by turning the can upside down and spraying until the spray is clear propellant. This can waste a lot of finish if you are using the can multiple times separated by a number of hours, days or even weeks. The solution: wrap a piece of blue painter’s tape around the nozzle, pressing it firmly over the opening. I have tested this with lacquer and polyurethane and I’ve gone over a month between sprays without clogs.
Larry Linford, President