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TAW October 5 Meeting Demonstrator Featuring Mike Zinser

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Kim Winkle - Featured Demonstrator

Kim Winkle’s extraordinary woodturned objects(and her furniture) are created using hardwood, paint, and graphite. The forms are generally streamlined in order to better play the role of an empty canvas for color and line. Her work displays a unique balance of form, color and surface pattern. Kim has exhibited at prestigious national and international venues, and her work has been included in several popular woodworking magazines. She has been awarded four Niche awards, a State of Tennessee Individual Artist Award, and the Society of Arts and Crafts John D. Mineck furniture fellowship. Kim’s workshop teaching experience includes Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, AndersonRanch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, John C. Campbell Folk School and the Appalachian Center for Craft. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Ceramics, and Master of Fine Art in Furniture Design. Kim is an Associate Professor of Art at Tennessee Technological University, and lives with her cat Pickles in Smithville, TN. For more information visit Kim’s website

Kim Winkle's Demonstration Descriptions

Turning a Small Stool

During this demonstration students will learn how to turn a small stool. Kimberly will demonstrate how to faceplate turn the seat, design and create a template for turning duplicates, and spindle turn matching legs. Whether you’re interested in turning one leg or one hundred and one, these techniques and tips will help. These same techniques can be applied to making multiple parts of most anything: candlesticks, chair rungs, banister railings… 

From Drab to Pizzazz: Milk Paint and Surface Embellishment

You keep hearing of Milk Paint over and over again but have no idea really what it is or how to begin using it, right? Kimberly will demystify Milk Paint. During the demonstration, students will learn how to properly mix, use, and explore the infinite possibilities of Milk Paint. Although Milk Paint is often associated with traditional furniture forms, the material can be used on practically any surface or format: metal, stretched canvas, bedroom walls, kitchen cabinets, toys, furniture… Your only limitation is your imagination.  Milk Paint is incredibly durable, eco-friendly and comes in a delicious color palette. Students will learn how to use Milk Paint and to explore the wide range of visual possibilities. The techniques learned can be translated to any number of other projects or formats.  

Turning a wall mirror

During this demonstration, students will learn how to turn a two-part wall mounted mirror.   Using face plate turning techniques to turn the forms, students will learn how to transform and combine common techniques into something that is uncommon in format. 


Lyle Jamieson - Featured Demonstrator

Lyle resides in a beautiful corner of northern Michigan. He is a morning person and delights in viewing the sunrise from the screened-in porch overlooking the wetlands and pond behind his heavily-wooded, very private property near Traverse City, Michigan. It is an inspirational setting for his lifelong desire to create sensational sculpture. Lyle said: “It’s all about lifestyle, being happy with the work that I choose to do.”

Lyle’s artistic development has been built through a series of symposiums and workshops. He has spent time at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee studying his craft with accomplished artists including Michael Peterson, David Ellsworth, and Hugh McKay. He has attended American Association of Woodturners Symposiums from 1994 to the present. Lyle has also participated in workshops with John Jordan, Clay Foster, Christian Burchard, Frank Sudol, Al Stirt, Trent Bosch, Dick Sing, Richard Raffin, Cindy Drozda and Andi Wolfe.

Today, Lyle is an accomplished teacher of woodturning technique. He has been a demonstrator at AAW national and local chapter symposiums since 1996. Lyle was a selected instructor featured in the 1997 AAW Symposium Video. He is a frequent instructor at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Provo Symposium, Appalachian Center for Crafts and Brookfield Turning Center. Additionally, Lyle is an Extended Education instructor in Woodturning at Northwestern Michigan College and does workshops and demonstrations for beginning and advanced students in his Traverse City studio. Visit Lyle’s website

Lyle Jamieson's Demonstration Descriptions

Hollow Forms the Easy Way

Entertaining and Instructional, join me, guaranteed to learn some new perspectives. You will hear topics that include chucking methods, vibration issues, bowl gouge techniques, design considerations, preventing catches, eliminating torn-out grain, boring bar and laser techniques, and reverse chucking. Stop and discover techniques for both outside and inside of hollow form turning. My demonstrations are designed for all skill levels to benefit from these methods

Thin-Walled Goblet

Entertaining and Instructional, join me, guaranteed to learn some new perspectives. You will hear topics that include chucking methods, vibration issues, bowl gouge techniques, design considerations, preventing catches, eliminating torn-out grain, boring bar and laser techniques. Stop and discover techniques for both Spindle turning and hollowing. My demonstrations are designed for all skill levels to benefit from these methods.


Advanced Hollow Form

Entertaining and Instructional, join me, guaranteed to learn some new perspectives. You will see solutions to your own hollowing difficulties. Starting with your question, problem, obstacle, limit, fear of hollow form turning and ending with demonstration of the solutions. You will Get a deeper understanding of topics that include chucking methods, small entry holes, reach into odd shapes, vibration issues, design considerations, preventing catches, eliminating torn-out grain, boring bar and laser techniques. Bring your ideas, I always have some viewpoints. My demonstrations are designed for all skill levels to benefit from these methods and techniques.

Bowl Bigger than the Tree

Entertaining and Instructional, join me, guaranteed to learn some new perspectives. You will see the entire bowl process with a natural edge. Discover topics of roughing out blanks, chucking methods, bowl gouge tool control, preventing catches, grain orientation issues, design elements, vibration issues, preventing torn out grain, reverse chucking, and finishing. Stop and visit this demonstration designed for all skill levels to benefit from these methods.

Mike Mahoney - Featured Demonstrator

Mike has been a professional woodturner since 1992. He specializes in utilitarian items that he wholesales to American Crafts galleries across the U.S. Mike acquires all his material from local urban sources (tree trimmers and city landfills). Mike has also taught his craft at woodturning symposiums in seven countries. Mike has diversified by creating instructional DVDs and a line of woodworking finishes with a walnut oil base.

"I am passionate about my craft and the American Craft movement. I am dedicated to producing quality craft and educating the public about woodturning. My wood comes from urban sources (tree trimmers and local cities). I produce all my work on the lathe without any emblellishments after the fact, creating a very traditional feel with contemporary ideas. I want my work to be attractive as well as useful.  For my work to be admired is one thing, but for my work to be used fulfills my purpose as a craftsman."  visit Mike's website:

Quartersawn oak platter

I will explain the quarter sawn process to harvest your own wood while creating a finished piece.  I was honored to do the dendrochronology of this 12.5' Diameter Valley Oak (Quarcus Lobata) that fell over last Spring near my home. It was 480 year old. By my measurements the third largest before it fell. I cut 70- 16" quarter sawn platter blanks for my efforts.


Calabash bowl and coring

I will use the Mcnaughton center saver and finish a large green calabash bowl.

nested set

Hollow form with threaded lid or Burial Urn

I will make a finished hollow form with a hand fitted threaded lid that can be used for display or burial ashes. 



Jason Swanson - Featured Demonstrator

My name is Jason Swanson and I live in Athens, TN. I am 46 years old, happily married, and have been working with wood since I was about the age of 12. Believe it or not, I've never had any formal instruction and am mostly self-taught. I started like most woodworkers probably did, by building small projects from plans in woodworking magazines. It has always been very self-gratifying to create something with my hands from a small pile of boards and so I kept at it, always trying to progress and teach myself new techniques. I have a background in mechanical design so designing furniture and kitchen cabinets in a computer program called AutoCAD further enhanced my woodworking. I started selling my work at local craft fairs, and about the same time, building outdoor furniture (planter boxes, Adirondack chairs, swings, hammock stands, etc). I did about 20 craft shows a year, and soon, started to gather attention from promoters that were running the larger juried craft shows and art shows. As a result, I started selling at these juried events. The juried events led me into developing my own line of personalized clocks, The Holley Marie Collection, named after my daughter. One of my biggest pet peeves in furnituremaking was having to admit to my customer that the turned portions were not done by me, so about 2006 I acquired a lathe and started turning. Turning was a whole new kind of fun for me and I worked at it daily to develop my skills. I joined the Milwaukee Area Woodturners club and eventually became the president, which I held for two years. I've since joined Chicago Woodturners. I teach and demonstrate woodturning at local clubs, Woodcraft stores, woodturning symposiums, and at Folk Art Schools, including John C. Campbell in Brasstown, NC. I also teach one on one classes in my own studio for those that want more personalized attention/instruction. Visit Jason's website:

Jason Swanson's Demonstration Descriptions

Stave Segmented Peppermill

This demonstration will be a live on-lathe demonstration on what it takes to successfully making a stave segmented peppermill. Everything from start to finish, including types of tools, chucks, drives, etc. will be discussed and demonstrated. Differences in producing a solid wood peppermill vs. a segmented one will be shown. Notes can be taken, questions asked during the demo, and pictures and/or video are encouraged. 

Constructing a Stave Segmented Turning Blank

How can I make my own Stave Segmented Turning Blanks safely at home? This question will be answered and demonstrated during this demonstration. A lot of this demo will be a Power Point slideshow that delves into every aspect of how I construct stave segmented turning blanks, which get turned into my peppermills, boxes, pizza cutters, ice cream scoops, pens, etc. A focus will be how to cut the little tiny staves safely without losing fingers or being injured in the woodworking shop. Lumber selection, proper machine setup, machining principles, gluing techniques and clamping will be thoroughly discussed. A peppermill sized blank will be built during this demo and available during the Saturday night auction for one lucky bidder to take home. Taking notes and/or pictures/video is encouraged. 

Inlaid Lid Stave Segmented Box

This is a demonstration on making a stave segmented box with a inlaid lid. A wide variety of chucking techniques will be demonstrated during this demo for the construction of a nice, little box to hold your smallest treasures. I started making these small boxes years ago when I had accumulated a large quantity of cutoffs leftover from making my peppermills. Like most woodturners I had never thrown away any cut offs from a project in the hopes that someday I would finally find the perfect use for them. Now, you too can learn to make a small box to match the pepper and salt mills on the dining room table. 

Stave Segmented Rolling Pin

Learn to make a rolling pin that any pastry chef would love to own. This pin utilizes 2 stave segmented handles and rolls smoothly on precision bearings. The demonstration on Constructing a Stave Segmented Turning Blank explains how to make the three blanks for this rolling pin and this demonstration shows the chucking, drilling, and turning techniques on turning those blanks into a rolling pin. Taking notes and/or pictures/video is encouraged.