Basket Illusion with Bob Nolan

The March 23, 2019 meeting will feature a demonstration by Bob Nolan. Bob will show us how to lay out, cut beads, wood burn segments and color designs to create a Basket Illusion Bowl. This will be a half day demo. Following the demo and lunch Bob will conduct an afternoon workshop on making a Basket Illusion pendent for the members who signed up at our last meeting. The cost of the morning demo is $15. The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes lunch.

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Morning demo – 9:00am to 12:00pm – $15No prior registration needed.
Afternoon workshop – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – $50 Prior registration required.

Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop
1426 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura



February 2019

Lidded Box Workshop

Channel Islands Woodturners (CIW) will meet on February 23 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Cabrillo Middle School in Ventura, CA for a hands-on mini workshop on lidded box construction. Anyone interested in this aspect of woodturning is encouraged to attend.



January 2019

Decorated Bowl and Platter – an all-day demo with CIW member Scott Hampton

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00am to 4:00pm
No prior registration needed.

Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop
1426 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura




November 2018

Join us for a half-day live demonstration by guest woodturner Lyle Jamieson

Lyle will be demonstrating live from his studio in Michigan over the Internet exclusively to CIW in our meeting room. This modern technique of demonstrating woodturning techniques over the Internet is a first for CIW. There will be time for Q&A and back-and-forth dialog between Lyle and those in attendance here in Ventura. The subject of the demo will be hollow form and bowl turning.

From Lyle’s website:

Many teachers have generously given me their tricks and techniques in all phases of turning, but I needed to know the “why”. Sometimes when asking “why” I got the answer, “Because that’s the way it’s been done.” That was not good enough and I set out to figure out the dynamics of turning. Once you understand why a technique works well or why catches happen, then you can open up a whole new avenue of creativity never tapped before. Get in control, remove the fear, let the creativity flow, and have more fun at the lathe. Students can take their abilities to new levels. Once you know the “why,” you have the option of turning what you want and not just copying the “how” others are using. My teaching is process oriented not project oriented.

Here’s a video of Lyle preparing a blank for turning:

Saturday, November 17, 2018
9:00am to 12:00pm – a $10 voluntary donation to cover the cost of the demo is appreciated
No prior registration needed.

Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop
1426 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura



October 2018

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Join us for a full-day demonstration by guest woodturner Michael Mocho

About Michael Mocho
Michael Mocho has been a full-time craftsman since 1976 with extensive experience in furniture design, woodturning, architectural millwork, pattern making, and stringed musical instruments. He has been an artist in residence at the Arrowmont School of Craft, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the International Turning Exchange program at the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. He has trained with many of the best turners and wood artists, and has been invited to participate in the Emma Lake International Collaboration, and the Echo Lake Collaboration. Michael is an acclaimed and enthusiastic instructor, and has been invited to teach at many of the top craft schools across the USA, national and regional woodturning symposia, and over 50 AAW chapters. He is know for his intricate containers that often combine bent wood with turned, carved, textured, and kinetic forms, which have won numerous awards and are in many private and public collections. He works as a full time woodworker for a custom shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00am to 4:00pm – Lunch included – $35 CIW Members, $45 Non-members
No prior registration needed.
Bring a folding chair for comfort. It’s an all-day event.

Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop
1426 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura



September 2018

Tool Time

On Saturday, September 22nd, CIW member Sam Turner will conduct a free presentation on wood turning tools and sharpening.

Jerry Glaser and Paulo Marin of Glaser Hitec, left, and Dr. Jerry Wright, right.

Joining Sam will be Paulo Marin and Dr. Jerry Wright to talk about tools and wood turning tool steel.

Dr. Wright — Jerry, if you will — is a wood turner with a long history with turning and turning tools and also a retired metallurgist at Crucible Industries in NY. They make speciality steels used in turning tools.

Paulo will also talk about his new jell vibration dampening system that his company has developed to improve vibration reduction in their tool handles. CIW member Jim Rinde was instrumental in developing this new material.

Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00am to 12:00pm – Free
No prior registration needed.

Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop
1426 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura


See our event schedule for a list of other meetings and events planned for this year.