December 16, 2013

January 7, 2014 - Raymond Overman Demonstrator


He will be demonstrating The Cryptex Box, a delightful and possibly complex project made easy by the skills of this Artist. Raymond has previously shown us the teapot and the Blues Bowl Guitar. Now adding this Cryptex he additionally shows his skills as a very accomplished Woodturner. Raymond has Demonstrated widely in the area, a varied and excellent craftsman you will be taught and challenged by this man.

   Elections evening for the officers of The Waxhaw Woodturners will only take a few minutes.

6:00 PM Coffee by Joan to share with friends.

*6:30 PM short Business meeting and Elections.

*Raffle for some special wood, good company to share ideas and skills, and Show-N-Tell to show your latest Creation.

*Come and bring a friend or significant other…

Merry Christmas to all the chip makers all over the entire world!

We had a good turnout and Raymond presented well. Below are pictures from the event. (coming soon)

November 7, 2013

Marvin Elementary Fall Festival & Fundraiser

Marvin Elementary School, close to New Town Rd. in Waxhaw, asked us to join their Fall Festival. Our club voted for it and we currently have two woodturners (one plus a couple) who have volunteered their time. We would like to have two more volunteers from our club and anyone else who just wants to come and hang out with us. Please bring your own chair. I'm told that there will be a Dixie’s BBQ concession stand there. Marvin Elementary is providing our electricity. Please do come out and support the club.

9700 Marvin School Rd
Waxhaw, NC

Saturday, November 16th, 12noon - 4pm
Rain Date, Sunday, November 17th, 12noon - 4pm

A photo sphere that Daniel took and it’s now on Google Maps. Use your mouse to drag left and right and zoom in/out of the image by using your mouse wheel or two fingers on a Mac.

See a mix of photos and videos taken by Daniel.

November 5, 2013

Roland Hege Demonstrates Crochet Hooks Nov 5, 2013

       Roland Hege Demos Crochet Hooks Tuesday Nov 5, 2013 6:30 PM

  Of course Roland Hege cannot just make a plain Crochet Hook, it has to be special.  So how does a woodturner take a plain one and make a unique one?

  Well, you must come and see this Demonstration - just take a small piece of a nice species of wood, chuck it up on your favorite lathe and magically it becomes a beautiful Crochet Hook that a special artist-with-woolens will treasure for a very long time.

  These are just a few from Roland Hege's artistry repertoire which he will demonstrate on Tuesday November 5, 2013. I bet you can't wait—like I can't—to see how he does it all. And I bet it isn't that hard either...just follow his instructifications and bamo! It's created from that piece of wood you have been saving for a long time.

  A short business meeting and a couple quick reports all starting at 6:30 PM and then Mr. Hege will show how it is all done, step by step.

  Don't forget the Famous Raffle which includes a nice $25 Gift Certificate from our local Woodcraft Store in Matthews.

  Bring a Show And Tell piece you made, and maybe some wood to share with someone that really would love to have it.

  Don't forget....Tuesday the Fifth!

  See you there for some coffee......yes, Joan's specialty.

October 16, 2013

Early Christmas Celebration: Tour of Anatoly Tsiris Woodturning Shop.Saturday October 26

Anatoly's shop tour on October 26, we are expected at 2 p.m. Let's carpool and arrive there just before 2 p.m.

We are all invited for a tour of the Shop of a woodturner that does some amazing work. Anatoly Tsiris  makes very creative and LARGE vases using a specially built custom lathe. This is a special and unique event that will entertain and amaze you.

Bring your spouse, and any significant other you can find and come with the Waxhaw Woodturning Club to experience this event. Anatoly will give us a real treat in examining how to, and why he turns large wet tree trunks into works of art. 

Edna liked them!
Anatoly showed these vases at the last NC Woodturning Symposium.

Anatoly Tsiris was born into a family of schoolteachers in the small Ukranian town called Kmelnitsky. Carrying on the family tradition, he graduated from college with a teaching degree in math and science. However, deciding he was more of a craftsman than a scholar, he took a job at Machine Building Factory in Jugansk, Ukraine where he worked on a variety of metal-cutting machinery. Over thirty of his improvements and additions for the work process were registered and used in production.

In just a few years, Anatoly became a recognizable figure in Charlotte’s artistic crowd. A McColl Center of Art former affiliate artist, Anatoly is still closely involved with the Center. In 2007 he received the Creative Loafing Critics Pick Best Local Artist Award. He is an active member of the Charlotte Woodturner’s Organization. His works are shown in galleries of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and purchased by many corporate and private collectors. His pieces are in collections of NC museums including Charlotte’s Mint and The Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh.

  This outing is designed with our spouses in mind, followed by a nice evening meal at a restaurant on the way home. Come and Celebrate with us for a good year of woodturning.


  By the way, if you haven't signed up for the NC Woodturning Symposium yet, there is still time to do so. The dates are November 1-3 in Greensboro NC. Check here for sign up:  NCWS Homepage
This is a three-day event packed with all kinds of demos and nationally recognized turners along with regional ones.

October 12, 2013

Today and Tomorrow, Waxhaw Autumn Festival

Today, Saturday and tomorrow, Sunday, we’ll be at the Waxhaw Autumn Festival.
Come out and support us!

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Section D1, D2


This following account of the events was written by Daniel, our president, in the picture below.

This past weekend on Saturday (7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. | event time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. ) and Sunday (12:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. | event time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.) our Waxhaw Woodturners club took part in the Waxhaw Autumn Festival. Here are a few pictures of my work and the others with us. We had several volunteers on Saturday morning to help us set up and only three all day who turned. We had three lathes and our main purpose was to accept donations for spin tops. On Saturday, several donated but on Sunday, several just took theirs and didn't give. On Sunday, I received special requests for honey dippers so I requested a $10 donation. We all used Poplar wood which isn't good for a honey dipper because the edge can easily tear out or break off if dropped. We stood on our feet most all day and all were tired and sore on both nights and during the day.

Daniel became a honey dipper “celebrity” on Sunday.
A friend he worked with in media production, visited with his two daughters.
Left-to-Right: McRae and Abby Burke, Daniel Brinneman

Daniel has posted more pictures here.

October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013 - John Benton Demonstrator

Come join us at 6:30 p.m. for the meeting and at 7 p.m. to watch John Benton demonstrate making a sushi platter.

Please bring items for the raffle, we won't have the Woodcraft gift card tonight.

We had a good turnout and one new member. Our demonstrator didn't appear and our members made up for it with the wonderful Show-and-Tell items and Tim Rinehart talked about his wood-dying process.

September 2, 2013

September 3, 2013 - John Walsh Demonstrator

Our Demonstrator for September is an accomplished turner. John Walsh has expertise in making pens. He has shown his skills in many other venues and will come and give us some real great innovative ideas in woodturning.

 This is a very realistic depiction of a normal cigar that will surprise many folks thinking it is a real one. The only feature missing is some smoke twirling from the end. But then, I haven't seen one yet. Who knows what Mr. John comes up with next? Come, watch and LEARN!

Not too many of us have taken up penturning but the techniques demonstrated are ones that can most certainly be used in many other applications. They are universal. See the Pen Turners Forum online for many many other ideas.

Mr. Walsh's ideas should give you some real applications for some creative implementation for your various projects.

Stop by on Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. for as short business meeting and some good chip making lessons. And don't forget our famous Raffle for a Woodcraft Store Gift Card, and who knows what else…maybe something you have an extra one of, like a nice chunk of wood.

Also bring some project you have undertaken for Show and Tell. The rest of us want to see and celebrate your progress with your many endeavors.  Then we''ll  plan for the Waxhaw Fall (Autumn) Festival coming up soon.

Some of the Youth Turner graduates will likely be there to show off some of their new-found skills and creations.

See you on Steele Road. Bring a friend and introduce them to creativity.

Questions? Check for direction under the Contact/Directions tab above.

July 31, 2013

August 6, 2013 - Demonstration by Donald Olsen

Handout available here:

We’ve invited back Donald Olsen who presented the Crotch slideshow last time to do a “hollowing from the bottom” for us this time. He will start the presentation with a slideshow followed by lathe work.

Please take this week and next to make a woodturning or woodworking or woodcarving piece to Show-and-Tell at our meeting. Challenge yourself by making a miniature piece.

If you have wood or other wood turned items for the raffle, please bring those.

Please come at 6:30 p.m. for the business meeting followed by Show-and-Tell, raffle and demo.

Daniel, our President, dropped by the Eight Legs Gallery in Waxhaw (the white house surrounded by art, on the curve opposite Fox's Pizza and the old brick factory on Hwy 75). There are many artistic pieces in there and he will find himself going back to draw inspiration. Only a few woodturning pieces were on display. Most all these items are for sale and the shop owner said that to display them, there is no charge and they will pull them inside before the night. They take a 35% consignment fee from the sale, so make sure you add that much before you mention your price to them. The owner would like to see more woodturning pieces displayed.

June 15, 2013

2013 Waxhaw Spring Fest Raffle Winners

raffle items
Today, on a hot Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Moe Gingerich and Daniel Brinneman took to the road to hand deliver the prizes to our 2013 Waxhaw Spring Fest raffle winners. We got each to smile for cameraman, Moe, holding their prize as Daniel presented it to them. Thanks goes to our members for turning these artistic pieces for the raffle. Each one of our winners was very excited. We may have a few future members.

Cathy and Mark Abben of Waxhaw, NC
Today was her birthday!
Segmented Vessel made by Bill Carley

Joan and Henry Wein of Sun City in Indian Land, SC
Long-stemmed Goblet made by Ed Pfau

Peter and Laura Kovacs near Weddington, NC
Natural-edge Hickory Bowl made by John Skinner

Steve and Emily (daughter) Rogish near Weddington, NC
Long-stemmed Goblet made by Ed Pfau

New website address

We've updated our website address to:

Our old address will continue to redirect all traffic to the new address until it expires.

June 1, 2013

June 2013 - Vacation Time Off - JULY 6 WORKSHOP Scheduled

Our illustrious President Daniel (Boone) Brinneman has just informed us the June WORKSHOP will be moved to Saturday July 6,  from 9:00 AM 'till we have created some really wonderful designs and pieces- and end at 4:00 PM.

There will be various Presenters and Teachers to inspire the most Creative and Lowly of all attenders!

Stay tuned for all the facts and figures. Don't forget there is planned a nice lunch along with Homemade ice cream for Edna's Kitchen so come hungry and ready to be inspired to create something new. This promises to be a very nice day making chips and a good time of camaraderie for all attenders.

Invite someone new, bring them along to have a good time.

Waxhaw Woodturners Workshop
July 6, 2013
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Guests are welcome!


  • Members must bring $8 for lunch
  • Non-members/ Guests must pay $25 to cover their workshop participation and lunch. 
If you are planning to come as a non-member or bring a guest, please let Daniel know via email so we can plan ahead to have enough for lunch.

Workshop location: Ed Pfau’s shop
2201 Lancaster Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112

Ed Pfau

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Demonstration will cover how to make tools, how to sharpen and use them. Ed will cover the use of the Bedan tools and a precision inlay cutter. Plus hands-on practice for those who want.


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
BBQ, beans, slaw and buns are catered by Wysacky Grill for 20 people. Homemade ice cream made by Edna’s Kitchen.

Ed Pfau

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Demonstration will cover making an easy and inexpensive Chatter tool.

Moe Gingerich

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Demonstration will cover the art of deep hollowing.

There will be no demo meetings for June and July. We will return full force in August, first Tuesday of the month.

April 30, 2013

May 7, 2013 - Demonstrations by Roland Hege

Roland Hege to demonstrate techniques to make your head full of new ideas.

First a delightful design in Carnations. That will please even the most discriminating ladies in your life bring a smile when presented to anyone that is that special someone.

As always, come in time for a very short meeting and introductions.
We have the famous raffle which includes a $25 Gift Certificate from Woodcraft store in Matthews (on 74), some good wood you have been wanting to get, and often other special items.

A discussion and final planning for the Waxhaw Spring Fest which brings us a lot of exposure and outreach to the community.

Joan McKeithan always has her very tasty coffee to keep you awake (if you haven't been getting your sleep).

See you there at 6:30 p.m.  (earlier for coffee)

Our own Ed Pfau seeing a "Beads of Courage" lidded box made especially for really sick kids in the hospital that get a bead for each real tough procedure they need to go thru in the treatments. They collect the beads and keep them together in their box to show them off to others. Want to help by donating one or more of these to sick kids?   Contact Mr. Ed -

Directions?  Check out the page Contact/Directions at the top of this site.

April 13, 2013

Woodturning Design: Using Shape, Proportion, and Decoration

Woodturning Design by Derek Hayes
Product Information:
Woodturning Design: Using Shape, Proportion, and Decoration

by Derek Hayes
Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Purchase from Woodcraft

Where does a design idea come from, and what does it take to bring it to life? This invaluable design reference, for new and advanced woodturners alike, answers these questions and more. Derek Hayes starts with the basic principles and then addresses proportion, pattern, form, and working with different woods, color, and decoration. Hundreds of instructional photographs and illustrations assist readers at every turn. This practical, yet inspirational, book will motivate turners to take what they have learned and transform wood in new and different ways.

Available for checkout from our library after the May 2013 meeting.

April 3, 2013

Tip of the Week: Stopping the Wobbles

Sent in by Tim Rinehart and Moe Gingerich

Video description:
A short video this time that demonstrates a simple but effective and useful technique. There may have been times when you have had to remount a spindle in a chuck and have found it difficult to get it running true. This video shows you how I do it.

March 30, 2013

April 2, 2013 Demo - Ed Pfau - Two-piece Goblet

Sir Ed Pfau is our expert demonstrator for the month of April. He is a great one to teach new techniques and will show how to make a two-part goblet. He will show the best way to achieve high quality and a very interesting piece—he always does.

So come and be challenged to produce something new and rewarding.

6:30 p.m. - short business meeting

Demo by Ed Pfau

Show and Tell

Famous raffle - includes a $25 gift certificate from the Woodcraft store in Matthews, NC

Free coffee by Joan McKeithan

Come and enjoy being inspired in your woodturning skills

A nice segemented bowl by Jim Hochstetter,
a member of the Charlotte Woodturning Club

Mr. Chip Wisdom says:
  • “Don't forget: About 90% of the cuts on the lathe are most successfull with the tool turned sideways. The shavings are ejected away from the turner and you can easily use the tool bevel for proper control.”
  • “When you use the bevel of the tool, it will prevent a deeper cut thereby preventing catches that are sometimes totally destructive”

March 15, 2013

Friday March 13, 2013 - Waxhaw School of Woodturning students

Daniel walked in today and captured the students working at their lathes with Moe giving helpful hints.

March 12, 2013

Waxhaw Spring Fest 2013

We have been approved for the Waxhaw Spring Fest. It was cheaper than expected and we have our own electricity.

Dates & Times for Two-Day Show 
(Mark your calendars!)
Saturday May 18, 2013 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday May 19, 2013 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Make a nice piece for our public raffle!
We will be holding a raffle at the booth for both days and we need your participation. There will be three raffle placements and we will ask each person who walks by to add $5 to the box along with their contact information. Waxhaw estimates to see 10,000 total for both days. That means we need six really nice items to give away. That's three per day. If you're willing to turn a really nice piece to be given away, you'll make 10% off the cash that is put in for your item. We'll put the rest towards our club account. If your item is not picked, you can always sell it, see below.

Do you have wood-turned Items to sell?
If you have pieces you want to sell, please write down the name of the piece, the type of wood, if it's safe to eat off or is it just for decoration, your selling price and your contact information. I'll need a picture of your item and this information requested by May 1, 2013, preferably by the email address above. Remember, if we sell it for you in your stead, we take 10% of the sale. So add 10% to your final sale price so that we don't have any complications. We'll write you a check within three weeks after the show.

Start turning!

February 25, 2013

March 5, 2013 Demo - Donald Olsen - Various ways to turn crotches

Donald’s ( slide presentation will cover selecting, positioning on the lathe and turning crotches into bowls and sculptural forms. Slides of before (log), during and after (turning) will be shown to help visualize what may be created from crotches. The demo will go for 1.5 hours or less.

Come at 6:30 p.m. for the business meeting followed by the demo. Show-and-Tell and raffle follow.

Angel in Walnut II
Sweet Gum Nec Bowl
Rejoice Together 3

Documents passed around during the demo

February 1, 2013

Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution

Product Information:
Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution
by David Springett
Publication Date: January 1, 2012

Purchase from Woodcraft

When it comes to the many traditional methods of working with wood, there's something very special about woodturning. Woodturning is easy to learn and quick to accomplish; with a few tools, limited practice, and a small amount of space, anyone can unlock the beauty of wood in the time it takes to prepare a meal. Woodturning is not discriminating; when it comes to wood, any chunk will do, including whatever is on your firewood pile. Best of all, woodturning is an endlessly fulfilling and rewarding craft because it is truly a personal expression of form and style: not only is every piece of wood unique, but every woodturner seems to invent his or her own distinctive approach to working with it. And though the basics are not difficult to learn, mastery is an absorbing pursuit that can take a lifetime.

January 22, 2013

February 5, 2013 Demo - Bruce Lacy - Jeannie bottles

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Bruce Lacy (Vice President of Charlotte Woodturners) has agreed to demonstrate his Jeannie bottles. He'll also go through the process of making finials and texturing.

Come at 6:30 p.m. for the business meeting followed by the demo.

See you at the McKeithan shop on Steel Rd, Waxhaw. Need directions? Check the page Contact/Directions.

Bring something you've made for Show and Tell and the monthly raffle.