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Bead Bowls

Bead Bowls at the Salon from the President's Challenge

2019 Salon Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Salon.
We had an expansive variety of turned pieces, which made the judging very difficult. The President's Challenge table was filled with Bravery Bead Bowls. These lovely bowls will enrich the lives of many very special children. Well done!
The results of the Salon (and previous years) are here
Special thanks go out to our judges, Tom Fidgen from the Unplugged Workshop and Louise Bonnycastle.
Thanks also to Louise for the delicious homemade treats. Thanks Jack Gelber, Ron Smith, Will Rock, Colleen (The Prez), Franco, Robert
and to everyone that helped to make the 2019 Salon a great success.

And remember - its never to early to start thinking about next year's Salon

Fall President’s Challenge

the Presidents Challenge, which will be due at the September meeting is going to be a mortar and pestle. Richard Pikul was kind enough to do a bit of research and history – here are the links:
Mortar and pestle AND more Mortar and Pestle
This Presidents Challenge is open, you can use any wood, make it any size …. And hopefully you’re good enough chefs that you will be able to use this in your home – no give-aways this time, you get to take it home.

 Next General Meeting:
June 13th 2019

This is our Annual General Meeting

There some changes to the constitution and by-laws that will be voted on, as well as, elections for the executive.
Please review the agenda

Michael Sbrocca will be our demonstrator, hs work can be seen here
and a little bit about Michael
Michael is a self- taught wood turner who lives and works in Windsor Ontario. He began turning wood as a hobby in high school. With a natural aptitude, wood turning soon became Michael's full-time occupation, and thirty years later it still is. Working mostly with woods from Ontario and some exotics, Michael fashions pieces that are at once functional and artistic. Currently he has a home based workshop and sells his turnings through galleries, craft shows and a little bit online.

Next Skills Night meeting:May 23rd 2019

For this last skills of the year it’s time for something different.
Bring in your problems for discussion and resolution, remember to bring the tool(s), wood or other items for the problem you need help with.
Here are some examples of problems/questions you might have:
- what am I doing wrong when I try to sharpen this tool?
- a tool that is sharp and won't cut
- a tool that is sharp but I don't know how to use it on a project
- what can I make with this piece of wood? (bring the piece of wood)
- I made this piece and don't know why it does not look right
- I made this piece and would like to make the next one better
- I want to make a ... (insert project here), what tools should I use?
- I want to make a ... (insert project here), what are the basic turning steps?
Some finishing question examples:
- What is sanding sealer? When is it used, and are there alternatives?
- How to choose the right finish (friction polish, oil, shellac, wax, a combination etc.)?

Send ideas for this or any future skills night to:  Richard

Click on "Techniques" for all skills night projects now hosted by

The Woodturner's Workshop
Brian Clifford's woodturning resources

This site was built by Brian Clifford over many years and features many articles, plans and videos that are of interest to novice and advanced woodturners alike. Brian has decided to retire and was going to allow the site to lapse; however, the WGO has agreed to host it on his behalf to ensure this great resource continues to be available. Please have browse and enjoy it here

General 160-2 lathe for sale

Apr. 4 2019

Newlove Estate Items for Sale


Articles on Dust Control


For Sale: Dust Collector Parts


WGO on Instagram

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Bob Rollings Lathe Psalm

Jan. 18, 2018

Society of Canadian Woodworkers

Web site for the SCW Here
Web site includes a chat forum.


Wig Stands

Ongoing project. Plans  (here)  Make one or a dozen. . .


Robin's Birds

Robin has graciously supplied instructions which can be found here