Schedule

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

1. Mold Selection & Clear Casting – No Pressure Pot

•    Silicone Molds vs HDPE – high-density polyethylene – high strength to density ratio

•    Tube-in silicone molds vs DogBone / DinoBone

      o    Leaks – plugs 

      o    Silicone Molds are tube specific / DogBone accommodates all     sizes.

      o    Stackable

      o    Cast-A-Blanka System

•    Polyester resin – no pressure pot 

•    Label casting (Fuente labels)

      o    Wrap tube & cast it / demold

      o    Turn & finish a polyester blank with a negative rake carbide tool

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

2. Clear Label Casting Alumilite Resins & New UV Curing Resin

•    Alumilite Clear & Clear Slow Resins

•    Making Colored Blanks

      o    Mold Release – Stoner / Wax Mold Release / Ultra 4 Mold Release

      o    Alumilite Dyes & Casting Pigments

      o    Block Mold Casting ( shredded credit cards)

•    Turn & finish an Alumilite blank 

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

3. Making Hybrid Burl Pen Blanks & Stabilizing Wood

•    Material Selection

      o    Stabilized vs non-stabilized material

      o    Stabilizing Your Wood for hybrid blanks

      o    Mold Selection – single / multiple channels / block

      o    Securing burl to mold

•    Casting your Hybrid

•    Tool Selection 

•    Turning & Finishing a hybrid pen blank

Bradley McCalister
Spiracraft
Barry Gross
BG Artforms

4. Making Color Pen Blanks

•    Resin Selection

      o    Alumilite Clear or Alumilite White

      o    Polyester Resin

      o    Best dyes to color resin

•    Mold Selection 

•    Turning Alumilite clear resin vs Alumilite White

•    Proper tool selection

•    Finishing techniques for each resin

Alex Snodgrass
Carter Products

Building on Week 3's progress Alex finishes his build of a magnetic Bandsaw box. 

Alex Snodgrass
Carter Products

Building on Week 3's progress Alex finishes his build of a magnetic Bandsaw box. 

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

This class will show that you don’t need an engineering degree to use flat stock to create your turning blanks. Tablesaw basics, cutting sleds and simple software can make the entire process easy enough that even I can do it!

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

This class will show that you don’t need an engineering degree to use flat stock to create your turning blanks. Tablesaw basics, cutting sleds and simple software can make the entire process easy enough that even I can do it!

Bradley McCalister
Spiracraft
Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

Need to know how to use a bowl gouge? Want to get the most out of your carbide turning tools? Then this class is for you. We cover many of the basic tools, and some specialty, in this class to get your cutting (or scraping) in the right direction!

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

Need to know how to use a bowl gouge? Want to get the most out of your carbide turning tools? Then this class is for you. We cover many of the basic tools, and some specialty, in this class to get your cutting (or scraping) in the right direction!

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

You’ll learn some great embellishing techniques. Texture, paint, dyes, gilding and reactive metals. Take your turnings to the next level!

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

You’ll learn some great embellishing techniques. Texture, paint, dyes, gilding and reactive metals. Take your turnings to the next level!

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

We cover basic hand hollowing tools, mini tools and large captive systems. Cuts, angles and how to make successful hollow forms with ease.

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

We cover basic hand hollowing tools, mini tools and large captive systems. Cuts, angles and how to make successful hollow forms with ease.

Bradley McCalister
Spiracraft
Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

This class will provide an introduction to woodturning and focus on the machines, tools, accessories and shop space you need to start woodturning.

Bradley McCalister
Spiracraft
Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

We head to the grinder for this one and cover everything you need to know about sharpening. Class will demonstrate actual sharpening in real time plus tips and tricks to get the best edge ever.

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

We head to the grinder for this one and cover everything you need to know about sharpening. Class will demonstrate actual sharpening in real time plus tips and tricks to get the best edge ever.

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

I’ll show you just how easy it is to use hand thread chasing tools. Tips and tricks plus great ways to practice. I’ll also demonstrate a threading jig for quick and accurate repeatable threading.

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

I’ll show you just how easy it is to use hand thread chasing tools. Tips and tricks plus great ways to practice. I’ll also demonstrate a threading jig for quick and accurate repeatable threading.

Bradley McCalister
Spiracraft
Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

What finishes are food safe? What are durable and what are shiny? How do I match my finishing products or techniques to the function of my work?

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log

What finishes are food safe? What are durable and what are shiny? How do I match my finishing products or techniques to the function of my work?

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Without expensive equipment or a big shop, learn how to clean up rough stock into stable blanks that will dry with minimal issues.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Without expensive equipment or a big shop, learn how to clean up rough stock into stable blanks that will dry with minimal issues.

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Fast, efficient carving methods with emphasis on the bandsaw and angle grinder.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Fast, efficient carving methods with emphasis on the bandsaw and angle grinder.

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Choosing the right project for your blank vs. choosing the right blank for your project.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Choosing the right project for your blank vs. choosing the right blank for your project.

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

4. Turning, Sanding, Finishing & Assembling Your Pen Blank

·        Turning Acrylic Blanks

      o   What Tools to use

      o   Polyester

      o   Acrylic Acetate / Alumilite

·        Turning Wood Blanks

      o   What tools to use

      o   Stabilized Blank

      o   Non-Stabilized Blank

·        Sanding & Finishing Wood Blanks

      o   Friction Finish

      o   CA Glue Finish

·        Assembling your pen blank

      o   Dis-assembling you pen blank

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

2. Gluing Issues 

·        When to use CA Glue vs Epoxy Glue

·        Gluing acrylics – 5 minute epoxy

·        Painting tubes –  

      o   When to paint and what type of paint – When In doubt paint it! 

      o   What type of glue to use

·        CA Glue, 5 minute Epoxy, Wood, Acrylic – Painting tubes

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

3. Squaring Your Pen Blank

·        Barrel Trimmer Set

      o   When not to use

·        Squaring Jig – demonstrate 5in. Benchtop Disc Sander

·        Turning Tool Selection & Demonstration

      o   High Speed Steel  

      o   Carbide

Barry Gross
BG Artforms

1. Material & Pen Kit Selection, Drilling Techniques (Wood & Acrylics) 

·        Pen Kit Selection

      o   Taiwan vs China

      o   Single barrel / two barrel pens

·        Wood – stabilized / non-stabilized

·        Acrylic – polyester, acrylic acetate, Alumilite clear, Alumilite White

·        Drilling – Bladecote, Colt Drill Bits, Norseman Drill Bits

      o   Acrylics

            §  Polyester

            §  Acrylic Acetate

            §  Alumilite Clear / Hybrid

            §  Alumilite White Blanks

      o   Wood

            §  Stabilized vs Non-stabilized

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Kathrina Nellis
Bastionhead Woodworks

Powercarving a greenwood bowl or tray from a log, with discussion of tools and wood considerations.

Kathrina Nellis
Bastionhead Woodworks

Powercarving a greenwood bowl or tray from a log, with discussion of tools and wood considerations.

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Kathrina Nellis
Bastionhead Woodworks

Putting on the final touches with ease and efficiency.

Kathrina Nellis
Bastionhead Woodworks

Putting on the final touches with ease and efficiency.

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Kathrina Nellis
Bastionhead Woodworks

A few fast, simple projects to illustrate the speed and versatility of powercarving.

Kathrina Nellis
Bastionhead Woodworks

A few fast, simple projects to illustrate the speed and versatility of powercarving.

Sponsored by Chroma-Craft: Want to make your resin really pop? Casting resin is like a blank canvas; there are multitudes of ingredients we can add to create genuinely unique resin art! In this seminar, Bradley demonstrates using color tints, pearlescent and iridescent powders, films, glitters, gemstones, and shells, to name just a few. Your only limitation is your imagination. Release your creativity with the information demonstrated in this colorful seminar.

Sponsored by Spiracraft: Wrap up your resin turning project with a smooth as glass finish. In this final seminar on resin turning, Bradley teaches you how to achieve the ultimate surface using proper sanding techniques and mild abrasive pastes and compounds. It is a lot easier than you might think!

Sponsored by Spiracraft: Resin turning is fun, easy, and rewarding. You don’t even need to be a scientist or Wizard to get started. In this seminar, Bradley will teach you the fundamentals of mixing and casting Acrylic, Epoxy, and Urethane resins. The instruction presented in this seminar will progress throughout the Month of Woodworking Shows. In four short weeks with Bradley, you will be on your way to creating an endless variety of beautiful and unique pieces of resin art. Are you interested in getting a solid foundation to start your resin casting and turning hobby? This seminar is one you want to be sure to attend.

Sponsored by Spiracraft: The turning of resin thought to be difficult and out of reach for many turners, is now quick and easy. Bradley teaches you to use modified conventional tool profiles and readily available carbide cutters to have ribbons of resin smoothly flowing from your lathe during this seminar. Your cast resin will be as smooth as a clean shave after he shares his simple techniques with you.

Alex Snodgrass
Carter Products

Building on Week 1's progress Alex continues his build of a magnetic Bandsaw box.  

Alex Snodgrass
Carter Products

Building on Week 1's progress Alex continues his build of a magnetic Bandsaw box.  

Alex Snodgrass
Carter Products

Building on Week 2's progress Alex continues his build of a magnetic Bandsaw box.  


Alex Snodgrass
Carter Products

Building on Week 2's progress Alex continues his build of a magnetic Bandsaw box.  


Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Refining tools and techniques: spokeshaves, rasps, knives, scrapers.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Refining tools and techniques: spokeshaves, rasps, knives, scrapers.

Jeff Hornung
The Walnut Log
Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Finding, evaluating, sharpening, tuning, and maintaining your tools.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Finding, evaluating, sharpening, tuning, and maintaining your tools.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Rough shaping and contouring techniques in green and dry wood using only hand tools. It's all about obeying the grain.

Barry Gross
BG Artforms
Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Rough shaping and contouring techniques in green and dry wood using only hand tools. It's all about obeying the grain.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Rough shaping and contouring techniques in green and dry wood using only hand tools. It's all about obeying the grain.

Tracey Cheuvront
Bastionhead Woodworks

Rough shaping and contouring techniques in green and dry wood using only hand tools. It's all about obeying the grain.

Sponsored by Robert Sorby Tools: The initial turning process is but a start. Once you have roughed in the shape of a turned piece, it is time to refine the form into a pleasing shape. In this seminar, Bradley will share his tips, tricks, and techniques to reveal a beautiful design pleasing to the eye. Refining the figure is a sculptural aspect of woodturning, where we get to bring our design ideas to life.

Sponsored by Carter And Son Toolworks: Are you ready to try your hand at woodturning? This seminar is the beginning of a four-week journey at The Woodworking Shows with Bradley McCalister. The projects he starts in this seminar will progress throughout the Month of Woodworking Shows. Learn to quickly and efficiently create turned wood in many shapes and sizes. The class begins by providing you with the necessary safety precautions for woodturning. The selection and use of the proper tools and mounting techniques for your turning project will be explained and demonstrated in detail. Are you’re interested in getting a solid foundation to start your woodturning hobby? This seminar is the one you do not want to miss.

Sponsored by Chroma-Craft: You have made it to the finishing stage; now what? Do not miss this seminar! The last step in any project is the application of a finish. Bradley takes you through the steps needed to complete your work with the proper finishing material such as wax, oil, lacquer, or urethane. Most importantly, he teaches you how to finish the finish in that final step to a completed project.

Sponsored by Grex Airbrushes: Transforming any ordinary piece of wood into a unique and fantastic piece is quick and easy. In this seminar, Bradley teaches you to utilize simple techniques and materials to add a touch of accent or completely transform your work. He demonstrates the use of textures, airbrushes & stencils, wood dyes & paints, gilding cream, reactive metallic paints, and dry brushing pearlescent powders.