Serving Southeastern West Virginia

West Virginia Woodturners Association

The West Virginia Woodturners Association provides woodturners in southeastern West Virginia and western Virginia with an opportunity to meet other turners, enhance their skills, and share their skills and interests in woodturning. Send an email to to request additional information about the club and its activities.

Next Meeting: May 21

The May meeting will be held on May 21 at The Fort. We meet on the ground floor, below the Hill and Holler restaurant. The meeting begins at 9:30, but come early and have a cup of coffee and a donut with the other members.

Harry Newman will present the final demonstration in the series "How to Turn a Bowl". Previous demonstrations showed how to turn bowls using conventional bowl gouges and how to effectively use a gouge with the Ellsworth grind. Harry will demonstrate his approach in which he uses scrapers for both rough and finish cuts. This is a technique he learned from Stewart Medeiros who, in 1993, was honored as a living treasure of Hawaii.

April 23 Highlights: Wood and Tool Auction

Twenty five members and three guests attended the May meeting and Timm Schleiff was welcomed as a new member. After enjoying coffee and donuts and the door prize and raffle drawings, five Club members displayed somne of their recent turnings during the Show and Tell period. Mike Cope demonstrated how he uses gouges with the Ellsworth grind to turn thin natural edge bowls and platers. After his demonstration, Club members had the opportunity to bid on a large variety of wood and tools.

Show and Tell

A number of Club members displayed their best turnings they created during 2015.

Bruce Brenneman: 10" plate, black gum crotch.

Mike Cope: small 4" bowls, cherry burl.

Mike Cope: 4" flared bowl, cherry burl.

Charlie Myers: goblets with captive rings, elm.

Timm Schleiff: 20" platter, walnut with walnut oil finish.

Harry Newman: 16" hollow form vase, cherry burl.

Natural Edge Bowl Challenge

Club members submitted twelve natural edge bowls that they had turned after the February Challenge. John Gregor's 16" walnut vase was recognized for first place and Bill Sproul's 12" spalted maple bowl received second place.

These are the bowls created for the Club Challenge "Turn a natural edge bowl".

First Place recognition: John Gregor

Second Place recognition: Bill Sproul.

Mike Cope: Turning a Bowl with the Ellsworth Gouge

Mike uses a spur drive for turnings under 18" in diameter.

He uses his whole body to get a smooth profile curve.

Mike completes the outer profile by turning a small tenon for proper alignment at the final step.

The wall is turned to final thickness in 1" steps.

Mike uses a gouge with a 75 degree bevel for turning the bottom of the bowl.

Here are several of Mike's tips and recommendations. There is a link to detailed instructions for using the Ellsworth gouge at the bottom of this page.