2017 Events

January 12
   7P – 9P

Dick Hineshttp://turnedontowood.com/

Artist’s Statement

I am a self-taught wood turner. From the moment I started turning wood on a lathe and watched shavings peel off onto the shop floor, I was hooked. Using books, watching videos and attending demonstrations by seasoned turners, I soon became an accomplished wood turner.

Turning mostly native Virginia woods, I am always searching for unusual color and grain. I like to highlight characteristics in the wood that others might consider flaws. I work carefully with the wood, letting it dictate the form, but use my own design ideas and artistic skill to transform the inherent grain and texture of the wood into a finished work of art. Wasting as little wood as possible, the larger pieces are used for bowls and enclosed vessels; cutoffs are used for smaller projects such as ornaments, wine stoppers and miniatures. One-of-a-kind pieces are made to the highest quality possible. A Danish oil finish is used to bring out the beauty of the wood without sacrificing the natural texture. The piece is then polished with a triple-wax system to create subtle shine and add depth to the grain pattern.

Turning is both a passion and a challenge. Wood has a mind of its own – the end result may be very different from what was originally imagined.

I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. During the week my wife, Ruth, and I reside in the small town of Lanexa, 15 miles west of Williamsburg. Weekends are spent at our home on Lydia Mountain just outside of Stanardsville. Having recently retired after over 40 years in the telephone industry, I am now devoting all of my time to fine-tuning my craft.

February 9
   7P – 9P

Jim Proffitt
Jim will demonstrate how he turns platters.


March 9
   7P – 9P

Fred Williamson


September 16
   9A – 3P

Mark your calendars for September 16 and save the date! The SMLWT September Meeting will be held at John Allen’s shop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 16th. The theme will be Christmas Ornaments and will feature 4 demonstrators, including Tom McDermet, Richard McGann, Ron Jamison, and John Allen. Two demonstrators will be in the morning and two in the afternoon. We will have 6-8 lathes set up so you can actually turn the various ornaments being demonstrated. We will also have blanks available for the ornaments demonstrated. In addition there will be a sharpening station and assistance in sharpening your tools. Instead of a cookout, we have opted to order subs from Subway. As time gets closer, an RSVP request for attendance will be sent to club members so we can plan for lunch and lathe set ups, and provide a map to John Allen’s shop. Hope to see everyone September 16th! 


October 18
7 p.m.
Note: Wednesday meeting

Join us Wednesday, October 18 at 7 p.m., at Scruggs Fire House for special guest demonstrator Jacques Vesery. For more about Jacques Vesery and his artwork, see

October 20 and 21

Hands-on Workshop with Jacques Vesery
Willie Simmons’ Workshop
329 Botetourt Road (Rt. 220), Fincastle, VA 24090

This is a first-come, first-served event, so don’t delay in letting us know.
RSVP to Lucy Cruise or call (540) 871-5405.

The two-day, hands-on workshop costs $225 (includes lunch both days). Below is the initial information that Jacques has furnished for these workshops. See more about Jacques Vestry at http://www.jacquesvesery.com.

Friday Class – Concepts in Design and Form – Form vs. Pretty Wood 
Technique is often a distraction to the importance of “Good Form.” Methods to create better form can be a difficult step in evolving our work to the next level. In  this class, design elements, including scale, form, balance, and proportions along with the Golden Mean and geometry of design, will be visualized through the turning process. Think of it as sketching  in 3D. The session will end with a critique of several forms created during the day. This is a great learning tool for anyone, working in any medium, who is in pursuit of better form in whatever we create. You will need basic turning tools, lathes, flat black spray paint and green wood blanks approx. 3” dia. [end grain] x 6 inches long  and about 5-10 blanks per student.

Saturday Class- “Texture for Color Becomes Second Nature” 
Various carving and texturing techniques on both green and dry wood. The use of power carvers, rotary carvers, burning tools  and methods  to enhance the details for coloring to create illusion. No lathes for this one… just rotary tools, burners, paints, etc. (A complete list will be sent out later)

This is a first-come, first-served event, so don’t delay in letting us know. RSVP to Lucy Cruise or call (540) 871-5405. Checks can be mailed to the BRW Treasurer, Peter Toch, marked as “Vesery Demo” at 6565 Fairway View Trail, Roanoke, VA 24018.

November 9
7 p.m.

Demonstrators for the November will be Cliff Campbell and Richard McGann.
Download hand outs for Christmas Ornament Demo  and MultiLayer Ornament Demo.

December 14

Christmas Dinner at Westlake Country Club. Details to follow.