Gold Country Wood Turners
Who We Are
Welcome to Gold Country Woodturners
We are a group of woodturners who live in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills concentrated around Grass Valley and Nevada City, California. We share our work, methods, new ideas, and demonstrate tools and techniques with each other and in our community. Between meetings we are available to help each other, gather wood, and search out learning and teaching opportunities. We are an active chapter of the American Association of Woodturners with approximately 75 members.
Recap of January Meeting - Steve Danner Coloring
Steves very informative meeting detailed his approach to coloring turned pieces. His basic premise and approach is to get out there and experiment with coloring. These are the techniques he has developed. He uses alcohol based dyes such as the Artisan dyes from Craft Supplies. His basic process is to sand the work surface to 400- 600 and then apply a sanding sealer, this limits dye penetration and bleeding. He then uses a wadded up paper towel to blot various colors on the surface, choosing colors that appeals to him. He typically returns the piece to the lathe and cuts away any area that was inadvertently colored or to cut the bowl area. He then uses a spray lacquer/sanding sealer to finish the piece. One variation is to place the piece back on the lathe after coloring and with the lathe at a slow speed, spray the surface with lacquer. This allow the colors to run and flow in a radial direction.
Show & Tell January 2018
Send $ back to the club
Procedure for first time login and password setting.
As 2017 comes to a close I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year. It has been my privilege to serve as your Co-President along with the very capable David Nelson for the past two years. We could not have done nor accomplished near what we have without the help of all of you.
February 28, 2018 Meeting
6:30 pm Nevada City Elks Club
Jim Cochrun - Pens and Pen Finishing
The Elks Club will be serving a fixed price dinner starting at 5:00 for around $10 and the bar will be open.
Empty Bowls - Message from Randy Panos
Just a reminder that this years Empty Bowl fundraiser has a shorter time frame as the Hospitality House wants all the bowls in on March 10-11th. So please bring your turned bowls for this worth while project to the Feb 28th meeting. Steve can then get them over to Hospitality House and meet the March deadline. If you can not get them to our meeting, you will then have to make arrangements directly with Steve for the exchange.
Good Skill Building Videos
Gold Country Woodturners is an affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners
This international organization provides many benefits including: Six journals a year, Six woodturning fundamentals downloads a year, A yearly national symposium, and online access to all past journal issues.