Connecting with other woodturners is an opportunity to share methods of turning, see new projects and to learn from other’s experience. I was the guest speaker at the January meeting of the Toronto Woodturners Guild (TWG) at Humber College. They are “dedicated to advancing the art of woodturning through the sharing of ideas and techniques, education and community involvement.” They acknowledge that “modern woodturners often create pieces that have high artistic merit as well as practical value.”
I worked on three live edge burl bowls during the demonstration. I discussed how to maintain the bark, how to follow the shape of the bowl by looking at the outside of the burl and I gave tips about sanding and finishing the pieces. I enjoyed answering the many questions that followed.
A number of members participated in the Show and Tell portion of the meeting where they receive recognition for their efforts and encouragement to continue the art of woodturning. We all learn from others.