New Mexico Woodturners
New Mexico Wood Turners, located in Albuquerque, has over 100 members from the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and around central New Mexico. We meet the first Saturday of each month and welcome anyone with an interest in wood turning, from beginner to professional.
Meetings feature presentations on turning techniques, wood selection, tools and safety. Special topics have included vacuum chucks, holiday ornaments, and other unique subjects. Every meeting includes an informal "Instant Gallery" of member work which you can see in our GALLERY section.
We bring in nationally known guest presenters several times each year, and the club sponsors numerous special events and projects. A popular event is the woodturning exhibition at the New Mexico State Fair, "Expo New Mexico" held every September. Activities include woodturning competitions, exhibitions, live demonstratons, and videos on a range of turning topics.
— by Ron Bahm
We have recently been awarded $1500 from AAW which was for the purchase of five Delta lathes which we recently bought. We are very thankful that our justification presented by John Ellis was awarded. ANOTHER benefit of membership in AAW!
We are in planning stages where mentors are going to be asked to open their shops for demonstration of their expertise where NMWT members could attend. These events would be organized for time and date by the mentor and are intended for small groups. We would expect interested members to “call ahead” so that a small shop would not be overwhelmed.
We are working on some guidelines for this venture. Tom Cour is taking comments from mentors and members in what we expect to be very popular events. This is NOT a replacement for the bowl or spindle turning classes. Rather, the idea is to promote the mentor program into further sharing of skills. This idea was from Ron Phillips and the board agreed it is an activity very worthy of working toward.
Please give Tom any thinking you may have on this or call him at 867-8771. We will further advertise details in the Newsletter as it is fully developed.
Keep the chips flying!