October's Hands-On-Workshop

It was unanimous! Everyone had a great time at our Hands-On-Workshop at  last month's general meeting. If you missed it we had Joyce McCullough, Mike Kehs, John Williams, Ed Ryan and Bud Hohlfeld doing simultaneous demonstrations of airbrushing, pyrography, surface texturing, and turning.  A number of us really got to put our hands on the tools and the work for a real up-close demonstration of what these masters do.

                                                                                    Jim Ruocco and friends check out Bryan Richardson's coring sample.

                                         

                                          Jim Ruocco and friends check out Bryan Richardson's coring sample.

Joyce had everyone amazed by her airbrushing work. She really made it look easy as she demonstrated the use of a couple of different airbrushes, stencils, mixing paints, cleaning tools and pretty much anything you had a question about.

                                                           Joyce MeCullough's pierced and airbrushed vessels

 

                                                         Joyce MeCullough's pierced and airbrushed vessels

How many of us have heard about coring, but have never seen it done?  Bryan Richardson brought along his coring tool, several bowl blanks and many hours of real experience to share. 

With his supercharged burner ready to go, Mike Kehs put on a fiery display pyrography.  As always, Mike was very generous in sharing the technical details of how he accomplishes the fantastic surfaces of his artwork. 

Bud turns a Hobbit box with a fine finial – a perenial favorite of the HOW program.  Bud demonstrated his box turning skills and how to create a loose lidded top with a finial.

John Williams brought his burner, the tools he typically uses, and some colored pencils.

Ed Ryan demonstrated some simple turnings, but don't be fooled there is a lot of technique and know-how involves.  Ed makes everything look easy- but if you pay attention, and practice, pretty soon you'll have some turnings you can be proud of.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and our demonstrators did a great job of providing techniques and tips to turners of all levels.  Thanks to everyone who came, and, especially, to our demonstrators.  Job well done!