October 21, 2017
GRAEME PRIDDLE and MELISSA ENGLER
Class Title: Turn and Burn
one day demonstration and two – one day classes (October 22nd and 23rd)
The course description follows:
Have a go at turning and carving small bowls and boat forms and applying surface embellishment using rotary carvers, woodburner detailing and ‘branding’ and application of acrylic and milk paints.
The course will cover design and influences, safety, basic turning techniques, tool selection and sharpening, wood selection, making woodburner tips and ‘brands’ (I will cover how to make brands but not the handpieces) and various ways to use them, rotary and hand carving techniques, painting and finishing.
For those that would like to have a set project we will start you on a simple bowl with lots of surface area for embellishing. If you complete this project, you can go on to turn and carve the boat form and embellish it if time permits.
Or if you prefer to concentrate on surface embellishment only you are welcome to bring pre-turned spindles/bowls/vessels/test boards to have a go at the myriad of surface treatments Graeme and Melissa will show in their demonstration.
If you are signing up for either, or both, of these one day classes it is important that you attend the Saturday demonstration to see all the possibilities that you can explore on this class. One day is not very long so best not to expect to go home with a perfectly completed piece, most of Graeme & Melissa’s pieces take days, and in some cases weeks, to complete. They suggest you try a little of a lot of different techniques to gain the ideas then spend the time perfecting your skills at home.
Location: The Lower Floor of The Society for Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman Street (Strip District)
Pittsburgh PA, 15222
This location is at the northeastern end of a several block long warehouse building. It is diagonally across the corner from St. Stanislaus church located at the intersection of Smallman Street and 21st Street.
Free parking (I hope it is still free at the time of this event) is available directly behind The Society for Contemporary Craft end the building (first drive to the left after you turn off Smallman street).
Go down the exterior steps at the back of the building and enter through the basement door.
Demonstration: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Doors open at 9:00 AM (some Turners Anonymous members will start showing up about 8:30)
Coffee, donuts and social time 9:00 to 9:30
Brief Meeting and Introduction of Graeme and Melissa 9:30 to 9:45
Demonstration by Graeme and Melissa: 9:45 to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 If Paid before October 21st
$35.00 On October 21st
Includes coffee, donuts, and lunch
This is a demonstration only, no hands on experience
Total capacity, about 60 people
Class: Sunday, October 22, Or Monday October 23 (Each class includes the same material, you may attend either class)
Doors Open at 9:00 AM
Coffee and social time 9:00 to 9:15
Instruction by Graeme and Melissa: 9:15AM to 4:00PM each day
Cost: $160.00 for the class, turning blanks, and lunch
This is a hands-on wood turning and embellishment class
Total capacity, 8 people in each class
Each Student Will Be Provided:
The use of a variable speed lathe, with a 1 inch 8TPI spindle on most lathes
The wood blanks required for the class
Each Student Should Bring:
Safety equipment, including a facemask, dust mask, and hearing protection
A 1” x 8TPI 4 Jaw Chuck with 2” and Pin jaws (the Pin jaws are needed for the boat)
Bowl gouges, a small detail gouge, a small skew, a parting tool, and small hollowing tools for making the boat (hollowing through a 1 inch opening)
Carving tools – Mastercarver Micro-Pro, Foredom, Dremel, hand tools or whatever carving gear you have
A mini-arbortech or Proxon carver or angle grinder with coarse (36gr) sanding disc or similar
Power sanding equipment and selection of sandpaper for finishing
Pyrography equipment, Burnmaster or Colewood Detailer are recommended
Long nosed pliers and small flat blade screwdriver.
Finishing oil, no toxic sprays or finishes please.
A selection of good quality artist’s acrylic/milk paint and brushes. If you do not have your own paints and do not want to buy before you try, Graeme and Melissa will have their paints available for student use for a fee of $5.
Pencil, eraser, steel ruler, paper
Note: The carving, sanding, and pyrography equipment may be sharable as all students may not be at the same stage of completion at the same time. Graeme will also have their equipment available for student use.
They will also have a range of rotary carving burs, wood burner handpieces/tips/wire and high powered ‘Vaporizer’ woodburners available for sale.
For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Glen Nickodemus, Phone: 814-421-0911, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Denny Kearney, Phone: 412-965-4341, Email: email@example.com
To Reserve a Place in the Demonstration or One of the Class Sessions see us at the September meeting or send a deposit to:
Bill Hayes – 411 Meadow Lane, Edgeworth, PA 15143 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Betler – 265 Stevens Road, Utica, PA 16362 – Email: email@example.com
Graeme Priddle – Woodturner/Sculptor
Graeme Priddle has 27 years experience in the woodworking field, best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, U.S.A and Canada.
He is very active in the wood turning world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavours. He has served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years as well as being instrumental in establishing the New Zealand ‘CollaboratioNZ’ Conferences in 1998.
Graeme has demonstrated and taught for numerous woodworking and woodturning groups and at many woodworking events throughout the world.
Graeme recently took up residence in Asheville NC to work with his partner and fellow wood sculptor Melissa Engler.
Melissa Engler – Wood Sculpture
Melissa Engler is a woodworker/sculptor based in Asheville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a graduate of the Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in furniture. Melissa’s work has been featured in Carolina Home + Garden, WNC Magazine, Woodwork Magazine and American Craft and is held in private collections across the US. She teaches nationally and internationally with her partner and fellow wood-sculptor Graeme Priddle.
Graeme and Melissa currently work out of their studio at Grovewood Studios in Asheville and are represented by Grovewood Gallery (NC), Penland Gallery (NC), Green Hill Center for Art (NC), and The Gallery at Flat Rock (NC)
For more information and images of our individual and collaborative work please visit our websites.
We will be taking reservations for both the Saturday all day demo and for Sunday or Monday classes at the September meeting. See the treasurer at the meeting – we will try to have a helper there because I know it will be crowded with a hundred people trying to sign up all at once.