13th Annual Woodturning Symposium

For more information see http://www.akwoodturners.org/

2 Day Pyrography Class with Molly Winton


This class will focus upon learning tips and techniques for effective use of commercial woodburning units and pens, as well as learning to make home-made brands. I will supply 20 and 22 gauge nichrome wire; pattern books; reference books; and graphite paper. I will have my set of tools, a Burnmaster, and few commercial pens, home-made pens for use with brands, and a variety of home-made brands. We will begin practicing on a practice board with an image of your choosing (either from one of my pattern books, or one you’ve brought in), and then move on to making homemade brands using the nichrome wire. If time allows, students may apply skills learned, to a turned piece brought with them.

You will need to bring the following:

* Woodburning unit such as a Burnmaster, DetailMaster, Razer-Tip, or similar.  **If you are purchasing one prior to the class, I recommend the Burnmaster. If you want to do branding or frequent high temperature burning the Razertip machines are not recommended.

* Commercially made skew woodburning pen tip (with little to no gap between the wires at the tip of the pen). It should look like a scalpel/knife. Looks like this: The one pictured is made by Detail Master, however all pen manufacturers have tips with similar profiles. You can buy just the tip at a significant price break as compared to tips that come fixed to a pen body. A tip-only will be able to be used in the Burnmaster Replaceable Tip Pen.

*Burnmaster Replaceable Tip Pen, (available from www.packardwoodworks.com and/or www.woodcarverssupply.com); or a home-made woodburning pen to be used with the brands you will be making in class. 

* Needle nose pliers.

* Wire cutters.

* Small pair of vise grips (I will have a couple of these if you don’t).

* Optional: Finish turned, or practice turned pieces to burn/brand i.e. bowl/platter with wide rim, or hollow form. Do not bring pieces that have a finish (oil/lacquer/etc.) already applied. These will be used if time allows.

****If you are sensitive to smoke PLEASE bring appropriate respiratory protection, such as a respirator. (I’ve had folks with COPD attend classes and not be prepared for the amount of smoke we can generate as a group.*****

Molly Winton Demonstration Descriptions


Introduction to Surface Enhancements


This demonstration will explore the process of where to begin once an individual has decided to enhance their turning beyond the lathe. Two primary goals will be addressed: discussion as to why someone would want to enhance their work, and what should they know prior to beginning; and identification of sources of inspiration within each individual’s own interests and environment, to make their enhancements unique unto themselves. Overcoming an ‘inability to draw’, importance of form, evolution of design, and the value of critiques will also be discussed.

Making Home-Made Brands using Nichrome Wire and Copper Rivets

Using nichrome wire, and various wire bending pliers, a selection of brands will be made that can be used to decorate and enhance your wood turned projects. Making a brand out of a copper rivet will also be demonstrated. Once made, their application will be shown on a sample piece.

Making Mini Vessels and Carving Textures


Miniature vessels are fun and easy to make using tools readily available on the market, and/or using simple homemade hollowing tools. They can be a great way to experiment with unfamiliar or different forms, and provide a quick way to experiment with many different texturing/carving techniques. This demonstration will begin with the making of a miniature vessel (no greater than 2 ½” in diameter and /or height) using a spindle gouge, detail gouge, and homemade allen wrench hollowers. Once off the lathe, various carving and texturing tools will be demonstrated to achieve a variety of surface textures. Tools will include a reciprocating carver, rotary carver, and engraver.

Sea Urchin

This demonstration will show how to make a sea urchin. There’ll be a little turning, a little carving, a little burning, and a little mud throwing!

Changing Plain and Boring into Pretty and Fancy

We’re going to dress up some hollow forms. I’ll show two rim carving techniques that change a round opening to one with three flutes, and another into a square. I’ll also demonstrate a few faux finish applications that can be used to transform an ugly duckling piece of wood, to a swan.


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