Each year at the Woodworking Extravaganza, attendees are able to participate and enjoy free woodworking demos and instruction from professional woodturners and organizations such as NC Woodturner's Association, NCWoodworker.net, Nick Cook, and Jerry Measimer.
The North Carolina Woodturners Association is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, organized in Hickory in 1990, to promote interest in woodturning for persons of all levels of ability. Beginners to full-time professionals provide information, education, instruction and opportunities for hands-on experience. Encourage creativity; explore new methods and techniques for advancing woodturning as a creative art form. The club meets the second Saturday of the month at Klingspor's Woodworking Shop of Hickory.
Hands on instruction on working on the lathe - Learn to Turn a Pen
Light sabers on the lathe
NC Woodworker, Inc will be setting up at the Klingspor Extravaganza in Hickory, NC, on Oct. 17-18 with projects for both adults and children which can be completed on site in 15 min. to 1 hr. depending on choice of project. Projects will include the ever-popular light saber with a handle kids can turn on the wood lathe (this really lights up!)
Jerry Measimer - Turning Demos
Jerry has always loved all types of woodworking. He saw a book on Christmas ornaments, by Dick Sing, and he knew he wanted to learn how to make one. He came to a SPW demonstration and saw Chris Ramsey, turning a hat! Nick Cook was also there turning as well. In June of 2007, he was very fortunate to have a one-on-one workshop time with Nick Cook at his shop. What a treat that was. And in October 2007, he went to John C. Campbell Folk School, and met Dick Sing. Needless to say, he hasn't been the same since. He is always in awe at the craftsman and artists in the world of woodturning.
Jerry's personal website: http://www.jerrymeasimer.com
Nick Cook - Woodturner - Bio
Nationally known woodturner, Nick Cook lives in Marietta, Georgia, where he owns and operates his studio. He grew up around his father's woodworking equipment and became interested in the art of woodturning in the mid-70s after several years in furniture design and manufacture.
A founding member of the American Association of Woodturners, Nick served six years on the board of directors, including one as vice president.
In addition to creating one-of-a-kind pieces and his staple gift items, Nick teaches and lectures on various woodturning topics, has written articles for several woodworking magazines, and produced two woodturning videos.
The primary materials that he now uses are maple, cocobolo, and tagua nuts. He employs a variety of woods, both domestic and exotic for his one-of-a-kind pieces. Nick's work is marketed in gift shops and galleries from coast to coast and is included in numerous corporate and private collections. You can also find Nick selling his pieces at craft fairs in the Southeast.
Nick's personal website: http://www.nickcookwoodturner.com