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Gwinnett Woodworkers Association

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The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association (GWA) (website) meets every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM at Peachtree Woodworking Supply - 6684 Jimmy Carter Blvd,, Norcross, GA 30071.  Guests are welcome.  See the website for meeting topics, contact information and to join online.

The GWA woodturning special interest group meets on the second Thursday of each month.  The woodturning group also meets at Peachtree Woodworking Supply.  The GWA scroll saw special interest group meets on the first Monday of each month also at Peachtree Woodworking Supply.

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Chattahoochee Woodturners

Chattahoochee Woodturners (2)

The Chattahoochee Woodtuerns (CWT) (website) meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 PM (meeting begins at 7 PM) to 9 PM at Baxter's Belmont Shop - 3738 Anglin Drive, Gainesville, GA.  Please see the CWT website for meeting information, contact detials or to join online.

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Peach State Woodturners

Peach State Woodturners (47)

PSW-Logo-HeadThe Peach State Woodturners meets on the first Thursday of each month at Don Russell's shop - 2025 Gum Creek Road, Oxford, GA 30054.  Meetings are from 7 PM to 9 PM.

Map and Directions: Don Russell's Shop - 2025 Gum Creek Road, Oxford, GA 30054

Peach State Woodturners is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting woodturning and to educating others about woodturning; we are located in the East Metro Atlanta, GA area. We are Chapter #129 of the The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and support their ideals and purpose. The membership meets on the first Thursday of each month to share ideas, work, and fellowship.

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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:43


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Visitors are welcome to attend an initial meeting as a guest.

Members are encouraged to bring a friend, relative or neighbor to any meeting.  A healthy club can afford better demonstrators and attracts better and larger benefits such as raffle and donated items.  Our newsletter is emailed monthly immediately prior to each meeting.  Members are also encouraged to forward the email newsletter to other interested woodturners.

If your membership information changes, particularly your email address, please notify Robert Johnson, Tom Jeanes, Jimmy Irvin, or Leigh Brooks.

Name badges are produced by the club to help members recognize and contact other members.  Any member who does not have a name badge should contact Robert Johnson for a new one.

PSW members are encouraged to join the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).  The AAW Classifieds are at http://www.woodturner.org.  Classified ads may be posted on the AAW website by AAW members.  Go to the 'Visit AAW Forum" tab and 'Want Ads'.


  • Past President: Don Russell
  • President: Robert Johnson
  • Vice President / Program Coordinator: Frank Bowers
  • Treasurer: Tom Jeanes


  • Southern States Symposium Liaison: Don Russell
  • Camera Operator: John Rudert
  • Demo room cleanup: Front row demo attendees
  • Newsletter Editor: W. Leigh Brookes
  • Website Coordinator: Paul Proffitt (at GeorgiaWoodworkers.com)
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:04

Surface Embellishment by Joy and John Moss

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Joy and John Moss from Clarksville, GA demonstrated a wide variety of surface embellishment techniques at the Chattahoochee Woodturners March meeting.  Several members also took place in an all day workshop on surface embellishment given by Joy and John.  John demonstrated turning techniques to create a small platter with a 1/16th inch rim thickness.  These thiner rims are much easier to use for piercing.  Thicker rims may be used which might make the platter more durable, but piercing a thicker rim will take much more time.

In addition to piercing using a PowerCrafter (an air-powered 500,000 RPM hand-piece similar to a dental drill) Joy demonstrated and discussed many other techniques including woodburning, texturing, and a wide variety of painting techniques.  Learning techniques and having experience using the tools is one thing.  Having a creative talent involves experimenting and taking the time to examine lots of work from other creative people.  Joy's creativity was most evident in the example pieces she had on display.

written by Paul Proffitt

Intarsia raccoonIf you visit or are a member of the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association chances are high you know about Intarsia.  judygalerobertsWith the largest contingent of scroll saw aficionados in Georgia there are always plenty of examples of great intarsia work on display.  The recent, March 6, 2010, class by Judy Gale Roberts offered members and guests a rare view of arguably the finest intarsia work found anywhere.  Judy Gale Roberts lives and works in Seymour, TN which is between Knoxville and Sevierville.  In her first ever class in front of a woodworking group Judy shared her techniques, perspectives and passion for intarsia.

During the GWA Saturday morning class Judy introduced herself and educated approximately 65 attendees on the history and intricacies of intarsia. In a five hour extended class she demonstrated specific techniques for making her Raccoon in a Tree piece from pattern preparation through finishing.  As with many masters, Judy makes intarsia look easy and simple.  intarsia-patternIt is no wonder that she fills regular classes in her shop in Seymour and that she has such a huge following.  She is an excellent presenter and master woodworker.  The GWA Scroll Saw SIG has twice visited her shop and each time have returned with boundless stories of her work and exploding interest in all things intarsia.  No class is long enough to present or absorb the magnitude and grandeur of Judy Gale Roberts' lifetime of work.


Find out for yourself.  Contact or visit Judy Gale Roberts.

Roberts Studio
2620 Heather Rd
Seymour, TN 37685
800 316-9010
judy {@} intarsia.com

Visit the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association website for more pictures of the Judy Gale Roberts Intarsia Class.

by Paul Proffitt for GeorgiaWoodworkers.com

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The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association has moved to Peachtree Woodworking Supply effective December 19, 2009. All Saturday meetings and second Thursday Turners group meetings will now be held at Peachtree Woodworking in Norcross.

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Chuck Roberts has apparently been making wood boxes for quite a while.  I'd heard of him through a mutual friend - Jane Burke (Green Tree Creations - Marquetry) - but, until today had never seen his work.  Today Chuck was demonstrating his techniques for making non-linear coopered boxes.  What's non-linear mean in this context?  Well, a coopered circle would end up something like a barrel.  Non-linear in this context means curves with a continually varying radius.  That could be an oval, a hyperbola or any similar shape with a varying radius bend.

gwa20091024-107-smChuck is a good demonstrator, for an electrical engineer that is.  I can say that because it takes one to know one.  His techniques were clearly explained and demonstrated.  Safety concerns in using the table saw were strongly expressed.  The steps from design through glue-up were easy to follow.  And, I found his discussion and answers informative and interesting.  The larger-than-normal GWA crowd seems to really enjoy Chuck's demonstration and we were all very interested in the array of challenging example pieces that he presented.

I would definitely recommend Chuck as a demonstrator for woodworking groups interested in coopering, box making, finding new woodworking challenges, and those just looking for an excellent demonstration by an obvious woodworking professional.

A number of examples of Chuck's work are shown on his website at www.CERobertsOnline.com.

Definitely another great GWA class, thanks to Steve Mellott.

by Paul Proffitt

Friday, 23 October 2009 06:50

Hollowing by Keith Rueckert

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Keith Rueckert, President of the Apple Ridge Turners, Ellijay, GA, demonstrated doing a hollow form with some discussion on design.

He rough turned a blank of Masur Birch from Finland approximately 6" X 9". He demonstrated using a ¼" square home made bedan-like tool to put on the tenon for chucking. He then used a Forstner bit that appeared to be about 1 ¼" with an extension to drill out the center.  He used an Oland tool with a 5/8" bar and  a ¼" tip for initially hollowing the piece. He then switched to a Sorby arm brace and a Dennis Stewart "Maxie" bar.  He switched to a Sorby Hollowmaster with a 3/16" tip for hollowing around the inside shoulder. He finished smoothing the inside with a disc scraper about the size of a quarter. He likes to leave the wall thickness about 10% and return when the piece is dry, about 11-13% as measured by a moisture meter.  He wraps the rough turned piece in a few sheets of newspaper for the first few days to reduce the chance of cracking.
He removes wax from turning blanks with a brass brush and DNA. On a safety note, Keith emphasized the dangers of using a "Spindle Roughing Gouge" (what many folks know as simply a roughing gouge) on the inside of a bowl because of the risk of snapping the narrow tang.

He says that women buy 90% of the art and shape is more important than how much wood there is in the piece.  In other words don't let the size of the turning blank dictate the shape of the piece. He learned from Ray Key to take a vessel off of the lathe and to look at it vertically.  He suggested that looking at library books of Greek art and Southwest pottery for pleasing shapes. If the shape is right, it will look good upside down. He likes a simple foot without any "whoopee doo's" and suggests one third of the diameter of the piece is a good starting point.  Keith puts his price on the bottom of the piece so as to encourage customers to pickup and hold the items.  Putting prices on the table could discourage this.  He had  a story about not judging a customer by their appearance as one little old lady in plain dress with home made crutches bought one of his pieces at a show for $2500 after caressing it for a while.

Another design tip was the use of the "Golden Rule": Keep the widest diameter of the piece or the shoulder of a hollow form somewhere between 60:40 and 70:30. Keith says he may not be the best turner but "I am a heck of a sander!" and admits to using 60 grit "shaping paper" on occasion if needed.

He followed up with a presentation on lacquer finishing.

  1. Sand to 400 grit.
  2. Apply sanding sealer.
  3. Sand again to 400 grit.
  4. Spray numerous coats of lacquer, up to 20 coats, over a period of 4 days.
  5. After lacquer cures 48 hours, wet sand with water with 320 and 400 grit to remove orange peel and runs.
  6. Use mineral oil and #2 medium coarse pumice applied and buffed with a sheepskin pad.  Wipe clean with mineral oil.
  7. Repeat step 6 using #4 fine pumice.
  8. Repeat step 6 using rotten stone.  Wipe piece clean with paper towel; then wipe with paper towel dampened with DNA.
  9. Polish with dry paper towel.
  10. Apply 3 drops of Finesse-it II(3M product) to designated sheepskin pad and buff turned piece to high luster.  Wipe clean with paper towel.

These steps may be done with piece on the lathe and turning slowly.  Sheepskin pad should be rotating so as to eliminate radial marking on turned piece.

Use some degree of pressure with applying Finessepit II.  Use similar to car wax buffing till white film disappears.  Use a toothbrush and water to remove any white residue from cracks or holes.

by Mike Peace

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