Long Island Woodturners

Fostering the Art of Woodturning on Long Island

May 20, 2017


May 20, 2017  LIWA Meeting


Our next general meeting will be June 17th at Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 9AM


Long Island Wood Turners Association, Inc. is a member of the American Association of Wood turners.  We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9AM at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, cafeteria of the Main Building, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804.




Our meetings consist of a brief business meeting followed by a “Show & Tell” of member’s recent work and a demonstration by members or guest turners.  All of our activities promote woodturning and opportunities of members to improve their skills.  A wood and/or tool raffle is held at each meeting.  A free video and text library is available for member’s use.  Workshops are also held at member’s shops.  See the Club Calendar for dates and times.

Our club website is www.liwoodturners.org.

If you have articles for the newsletter, or items to sell please contact Les Hoffman


Les opened the meeting asking for a show of hands from those who would be attending the AAW Symposium in Kansas City.  The symposium is scheduled for 6/22 – 6/25.  We hope to have a good representation.

The $30 sale on full AAW Membership is still available.  Deadline date is 6/30.

Summer meeting dates have been confirmed

  • July 15th – Hosted by Bob Urso
  • August 26th – Hosted by Steve Fulgoni

Our June 17th meeting will feature a demonstration on tool sharpening – demonstration by Steve Fulgoni

Welcome New Member – “Eddie from Baldwin”

Huntington Library is featuring the works of LIWA Members.  The exhibit will end 6/27/17

Ken Deaner has 6 pieces displayed at the Wood Symphony Gallery CA.


  • Pete Richichi – feeling better and hopes are that he will return very soon. They adjusted his medication and he sees signs of improvement.  He wishes to thank all members for their kind wishes.


  • Joe DeMaio reported a balance of $ 3,604.49


  • Shirts available with logo – sizes Large and XL – Short Sleeve
  • Smocks on order

John Kowalchuk gave us information regarding the “Copper Beach” project.  Sales on the items produced by members have satisfied the cost of tree trimming.  Our obligation has been met.  Thank you all for your participation.

Norm Abrams has “Curly Maple” available.  You can contact him @ (631) 427 – 8778 for details


Les presented a demonstration on “FLAT – rimmed bowl”.  He graciously provided us the following details of his demo.

Can start with any shape piece of somewhat flat piece of wood.  Round, square, triangular up to 14”.  I am using some rough 8/4 ash.  If using 6/4 blank, attach a waste block to the back, directly in line with your bowl location.

Locate your bowl using a cardboard circle.  I prefer to locate my bowls off-center.  Mark the center of the bowl with an awl and draw the outline with a pencil.

Using a 4-prong drive in the center of the bowl, mount the bowl between centers.  Using a square on the bed, adjust the live center location so the blank is perpendicular to the bed.

If using a waste block, create a tenon for your chuck or a flat area for your face plate.

Using a large bowl gouge, place the heel of the gouge lightly against the back of the blank as it turns.  Draw the gouge toward you along the tool rest until the “Click,Click” stops.  Open the flute, move the gouge 1/8” to the left and begin your PUSH CUT.  Work very slowly.  If the gouge bounces, slow down.  Continue your push cut until you reach the area where the outside of the bowl will be  (This will line up with the measurement on the face.)

If using a waste block, continue your push cut, removing approx. 1” of wood.  If using 8/4 or thicker wood, form your tenon and then continue your push cuts.  Check for flatness

To perfect the flatness of the back and remove any deep tool marks, move the tool rest VERY CLOSE to the wood and use a flat scraper, held at a 45 degree angle, and draw it toward you.  Power sand 80 to 180 grit to remove any other marks.

Now reverse the piece onto a 4-jaw chuck, (or use your faceplate on a waste block), and begin the same process with your gouge working toward your bowl markings.  If planning to create a bead or other feature around the rim, adjust accordingly.

If planning to add brass or aluminum features or contrasting wooden dowels or other items, leave rim at least 3/8 to 7/16” thick before drilling by hand or on a drill press.  Otherwise continue to flatten the fact to ¼ to 5/16”.

Hollow your bowl with your gouge and or scraper and keep thickness approx. 3/8”.  SAND, SAND, SAND.  (Use random orbital sander to perfect face of rim).

OPTIONAL – add circular grooves, create a burn mark at the bowl rim, carve or burn the face, color or blacken the bowl or rim, add minerals, liming wax, etc.

To remove the waste block or tenon and perfect the foot, create a fixture to fit the bowl contour and hold the piece with your live center.  Clean up with a chisel and sandpaper.

See a slideshow of Les’ Presentation by clicking on the image below:

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Show and Tell

We had another fine showing of Show and Tell items.  Please continue to bring in items each month.












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