Club Zoom IRD Meeting for January 2022

Special Guest Artist Rudy Lopez

Thin Stem Natural Edge Goblet from a Limb

We will be turning a thin stem natural edge  goblet  from a  green  limb  approximately 1 1⁄2” – 2 1⁄2 ”dia. I will show attendees the simple techniques I use to easily turn a thin stem natural edge goblet from a green limb using mostly a 1/2″ or 5/8″ side ground bowl gouge. I will explain limb selection, pith orientation, different techniques used for stabilizing thin stems, the use and sharpening of Negative Rake scrapers and drying to help avoid cracking.

Participants will learn to use the side ground bowl gouge for spindle work with emphasis on tool control, improving their skill with the bowl gouge and also learn the technique and finesse needed for turning thin stems on goblets. (Length and thickness of stems can be adjusted to the ability/comfort level of the participant).

Skill level / Experience: Beginner with good basic knowledge of the lathe & tool use, turns currently. Wood required; Green Limb sections approx… 1 3⁄4” – 2 1⁄2” dia. about 12” long. Best to be left in long log sections to be cut to length the day of class to avoid end checks.

Tools & supplies; Face Shield recommended, Safety Glasses required, Chuck for 1″X 8 mini-lathe or lathe that will be used, 1/2″ or 5/8″ side ground Bowl gouge, 1/2″ to 3/4″ Round nose scraper, Parting tool.



A special word from our club president.


We meet once a month, usually the third Saturday, from 8:30 until noon.  We enjoy a social time with other members followed by a short club business meeting with announcements and information about events to come. We dedicate a large portion of our club meeting for demonstration around the aspects of woodturning.  Then we conclude with a time of show and tell were members can talk about their latest woodturning or woodworking creations.  Currently we are not meeting in person but we are meeting via Zoom and you can still enjoy all the same things as if we were meeting in person.

Flint Hills Woodturners is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. (AAW).

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning  worldwide by providing opportunities for education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.  Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members and a network of more than 350 local chapters globally representing professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors and wood / tool suppliers.