Woodturner's Guild of Ontario

for the advancement and promotion of the craft of woodturning

Thursday, June 13th is our last WGO meeting of the year! ,
Michael Pinto, will be demonstrating his method for making a Venetian Vase (also known as a Shadow Vase).

Hello all, I hope everyone has been enjoying springtime in Ontario. Believe it or not, next Thursday, June 13th, is our last WGO meeting of the year!

Our very own WGO Membership Director, Michael Pinto, will be demonstrating his method for making a Venetian Vase (also known as a Shadow Vase). Since the entire process will not fit the two hour time frame, requiring multiple glue ups and use of other machinery such as a band saw and drill press, Michael’s demo will be a combination of a presentation with some woodturning.
Members will leave the session with the knowledge to make their own Venetian Vase like the one shown in the photo below.

Venitian Vase

Here is Michael’s bio:
Michael has been associated with woodworking since high school.
Initial work was small projects more tuned towards mastering joinery (no power tools in those days), accuracy, and sharpening. Later work focused on utility items such as cabinets including, in later years, showcases for model car collectors.
After watching a WGO demonstration at a wood show around 2010, Michael bought a small lathe and took a couple of lessons from Richard Pikul. A larger midi lathe was soon acquired and Woodturning has since been the primary focus of shop work. Most Woodturning work continues to be utility items such as bowls, peppermills, rolling pins, spatulas, and spurtles, with occasional forays into attempts at more artwork and textures.
Some of Michael’s work can be viewed on Instagram@mwoodturner.

For those of you who are unable to attend in person, we are hopeful that you will be able to join via Zoom.
A Zoom Invitation is available from Juanita

Thursday, May 23rd was Skills Night,
and the project was turning bowls.

Thursday, May 9th
was the Salon and our Annual General Meeting.

A fine turn out of members and their turnings this year with Best in Show going to
Best in Show

I brief video of all the entries may be seen here
Additionally, a number of members brought some very tasty treats for all to sample; much appreciated.

Our Annual General Meeting was kicked off by Colleen and passed to Jack who thanked the volunteers for their work and support for the year. A number of reports were given concerning the running of the Guild (Demonstrations, Treasury, Library, IT, A/V etc).
This year the positions of Vice-President and Treasurer were up for renewal with Trinela graciously accepting another term. Unfortunately, Franco indicated he wouldn't be able to continue; however, Jim Lang stepped up and volunteered to fill the position; many thanks Jim.

Skills Night
April 25th

Skills Night was tailored to individual Woodturning needs and consisted of one-on-one clinics of approx 30 minutes per member.

Examples were :

  • guidance as to how to use a particular tool
  • help with a project your would like to do or complete. This may be unfinished work, a picture of something you would like to turn or a proposed salon submission.
  • Use of materials such as resin, woodhardener etc
  • Texturing and Colouring

General Meeting and Demonstration
April 11th

Embellished ash turnings
Brian Vaughan


Brian Vaughan -Woodturner

I have loved wood all my life. In 2015, after over 40 years as a hobby woodworker, building furniture and cabinets, | took some woodturning instruction. | was hooked. I’ve learned that artistic opportunities abound in all the types of wood - the grain, the knots, the cracks and flaws, and natural processes such as spalting.

Most of my work consists of one-of-a-kind turnings using domestic and exotic woods. | specialize in hollow forms and lidded boxes, utilizing the natural beauty of the wood, often enhancing the texture and appearance through carving, pyrography or coloring techniques. Some pieces have added fine finials, accent rings or pedestals made from complementary woods.

The skills and techniques | have learned have been acquired from many hours spent with mentors, hands-on workshops with internationally known woodturners/artists, and Zoom workshops and demonstrations with well known artists and subject matter experts.

As a member of the GreyBruce Woodturners Guild, | have contributed to several in-club demos, Bravery Bead Bowls and Wig-stand campaigns, and community based volunteer demos at the local museum.

L am also an active member of the Shoreline Artists group and participate in various shows hosted by them as well as juried show such as Guelph's Art on the Street. My work is on display and for sale at the Southampton Arts Centre in Southampton and the Millpond Gallery in Cargill.

Social Media: My work is posted on Instagram @brianvaughanturnings

Skill's Night March 28th

Captive Rings


As you know, March’s general meeting was a week later than usual. That means that our meeting weeks are back-to-back and Skills Night was Thursday, March 28th.
In response to your requests for slightly more advanced projects, this month the topic will be Captive Rings (see photo below). Brian will demonstrate how to make them using a captive ring tool and Richard will show us the traditional method using a skew, then you’ll have a chance to try your hand at it.

The March General Meeting March 21st

This month Frank Zhang discussed and demonstrated
Air Brushing

Frank Zhang Frank J. Zhang is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice that ranges from illustration, custom airbrush painting, body art, murals, and interactive art. He has specialized in airbrushing for over two decades. Frank graduated from OCAD University in Illustration. He holds a Master of Interdisciplinary Art, Media, and Design From OCADU, and a Master of Design from York University. Besides managing his studio business Spectra Art and Design Inc, Frank is passionate about teaching and learning. His research explores participatory methods that combine tangible and digital media in community-based teaching and collaboration. He also teaches sessional courses at OCADU and York University.


February 22nd Skills Night wws tailored to individual Woodturner needs and consisted of one-on-one clinics of approx 30 minutes per member.

February 8th General Meeting featured
a Presentation and Demonstration on Turning Alabaster
by our own Jogi

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Jogi demonstrated turning Alabster Stone!
Anyone seated in the Front Row should wear eye protection

You can read all about Jogi here
and view more of his works here

Skills Night January 25th,2024
Turning an egg

Brian demonstrated how to, and you had the opportunity to, turn an egg

Here's a link to a previous nights skills on turning Eggs Over Easy
In addition to setting out easy to follow, step-by-step, instructions and photos, it includes links to other articles and a video

Jim Williams was demonstrating @WGO on
January 11th, 2024 at our General Meeting

Jim is a relatively new member to Kawartha Woodturner’s Guild but he has obtained a great deal of experience and knowledge in a very short time. He just started turning in 2019 and at that time attended a hands on retreat in Texas. Later in 2020 he did one on one classes with Chris Ramsey in Kentucky and in 2022 he also did classes with JoHannes Michelson in Vermont.

All of this has helped to hone his skills in making unique wooden hats. He has attended a number of AAW regional symposiums to further his woodturning education and his pieces were featured in the AAW Journal in Oct 2022. You can find out a bit more about Jim and his work from his website www.turningtrees.ca and facebook page


Thursday, December 14th, was our December WGO General Meeting.

Our own Brian Campbell did a short demonstration on burning (aka pyrography) and branding techniques for embellishing turned pieces.

As ususal, Show & Tell was on the agenda, pictures can be seen on FB.

It’s December, our annual Spin Top Contest was held! The updated contest rules are here .

And, of course, it wouldn't be a party without yummy things to eat and there was a nice variety of goodies for everyone to enjoy.

NOTE - Richard's document on sharpening is now available here

Skills Night was Thursday November 23, 2023

The Skills Night on Thursday 23 Nov was tailored to individual Woodturning needs and consisted of one-on-one clinics of approx 30 minutes per member covering topics such as The Skew and Bowl Turning.

Nov. 9th General Meeting featured David Bell demonstrating
How to Repair and Enhance Woodturnings with Epoxy

David covered the techniques that he employs in some of the unusual and unique pieces of defective woodturning blanks he comes across. David also covered the addition and enhancements that can be created with the use of epoxy and colour. David also covered the preparation of wood and mold making details that are used to create these pieces. In addition to this, David show cased some of the finished items he has produced.

Here are some samples of David's Work

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Who is David Bell

David Bell
Elora, Ontario, Canada
519-820-3767 cell
Email dave@stickermetimbers.com

David Bell has been an avid Woodworking and Woodturning enthusiast for nearly 40 years. His experience and passion for wood has evolved into a desire to combine his knowledge of wood with other mixed mediums, which make his woodturning unique to the art and craft it has become.
David’s passion has been influenced through self-taught practice and hands on workshops with other well-known people in the woodturning field. David also belongs to a few woodturning guilds in the Southwestern Ontario region. David has been graciously passing on some of his knowledge to other Woodturners within Ontario and abroad. David’s teachings have been showcased in Newspaper Articles and was the AAW invited him as a special guest to the 2015 American Association Of Woodturners convention in Pittsburgh, USA.

David currently teaches his craft through invitations and special request groups, as well as hosting classes in his workshop.

David is a member of the Elora Fergus Studio Tour, which is runs the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October each year.

David is the President of the Waterloo Wellington Woodturners Guild located in Waterloo.

Skills Night October 26th

As discussed at the Thursday meeting, the next Skills Night on 26 October will be tailored to individual Woodturning needs and will consist of one-on-one clinics of approx 30 minutes per member.
To book your clinic please send an email to Michael Pinto at mikepinto@sympatico.ca with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your phone number
  • A brief description of the area in which you require guidance

Examples would be :
  • guidance as to how to use a particular tool
  • help with sharpening a particular tool
  • help with a project your would like to do or complete. This may be unfinished work, a picture of something you would like to turn or a proposed salon submission.
  • Use of materials such as resin, woodhardener etc
  • Texturing and Colouring

Once received we will assign a person to your clinic and advise a time slot. The person assigned to you may contact you before the meeting to learn more of your requirements and advise you of what tools/materials to bring to the meeting if any.

We will kick off the meeting with a quick approx 30 mins demonstration on making a snowman


October 12th Meeting featured Frank DiDomizio demonstrating the turning of Multi-Axis Vases

Here are some samples of Frank's Multi-Axis Vases

Multi-Axis Vases
Frank's Resume can be found at about Frank

Frank's work is featured at a number of galleries within Ontario. If you are interested please have a look at his website: here

Frank's documentation and his Youtube video may be found with following links
Steps 1-2-3
Steps 4-9
Step 7-8-9
Youtube Video

Additionally, peaceriverwoodturners has instructions from both Dennis Belcher and Frank (with thanks to Mark Gordon for finding this)

Sept. 28th was our annual Skills Night Sharpening session

Richard has made a drawing of a Gouge Stick Out Gaugea that he used in Thursday's demo
Bring, any or all of the following:

- If possible, bring your grinder and any grinding jigs you have, hope to have some experienced turners to help with your setup and how to sharpen your tools.
- Bring the one (or two) tool(s) that you have the most difficulty sharpening properly.
- Bring some carbide tools! Will include how to effectively use these if brought in.

- Description of different types of grinders and sharpening systems.
- How to setup a standard grinder.
- How to use different jigs for gouges and skew chisels.| - Sharpening instruction for;| spindle roughing gouge, bowl gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool(s), skew chisel, scrapers (including negative rake scrapers).
- How to effectively use each of the tools that are sharpened in the demo.

September 14th was the 1st meeting of the new season

Wyatt Walkem discussed and demonstrated turning/working with Burled wood


Burl before


and after

Who is Wyatt?

Wyatt graduated from Sheridan college Furniture craft and design program in 2014,
He opened up his own custom furniture and woodturning studio shortly after.
Wyatt has been a professional turner and demonstrator/ instructor since 2014, selling his work privately through commissions, art galleries, as well retail outlets.
In 2015 Wyatt acted as a studio assistant for Warren Carpenters turning class at the Arrowmont craft school in Tennessee.
Wyatt's turned work primarily consists of live edge bowls focusing on showcasing the grain of the wood, he also does custom traditional and specialized spindle turning.

turningtool.co.uk now hosted by WGO.ca

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

For Sale: Sapele Boards

May 28th
see here

Mark's Amazing Finds

His latest finds can be found (June 4th) here

Free.....Field guide to the tree diseases of Ontario / by C. Davis and T. Meyer

WGO on Instagram

Send pictures to be posted to woodturnersgo@gmail.com

Bob Rollings Lathe Psalm

Jan. 18, 2018