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Claro Walnut Potpourri Holder with Enameled Lid
Sue Bergstrand Wood Used: Claro walnut

Dimensions: 3-5/8” diameter x 3-1/2” tall

Description: The porpourri holder base was turned from claro walnut. The lid was formed from copper, silver foil and gold foil and enameled.

YOYO Salute to KC Woodturners 25th Anniversaty
E. David Burks Woods Used: Ipe (Brazilian Walnut with Hickory inserts)

Dimensions: Larger Yoyo 2-1/4” diameter x 1” thick. Smaller Yoyo 2” diameter x 1” thick. Yoyo on stand 3-1/3” height x 2-1/4” depth

Description: This set of Yoyos is a salute to KC Woodturners 25th Anniversary.

The two yoyos are made of Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) with the inserts surrounding the quarters made of Hickory.

The larger yoyo contains a 1994 quarter and a Kansas state quarter to represent the year and state where our club was formed. The smaller yoyo contains a 2011 quarter and a Missouri state quarter to represent the year that our club moved to our new Missouri location.

Japanese Cherry Burl/Epoxy Vessel
Rick Bywater Wood Used: Chinese Cherry Burl

Dimensions: 4-1/2” diameter x 6” tall

Rick’s Description: This vessel is from a termite-infested piece of ornamental Japanese cherry burl that Southwest Airlines would not allow me to check on the plane because it really was terminate infested. Several months later it arrived by car from Portland, Oregon.

The termites had a feast! It took me several years to figure out how to use epoxy which compliments the wood and fills the voids.

Working primarily with pine cones it was easy to shift over to burl. Pouring three colors of epoxy with the vessel upside down produced a solid rim needed for stability when turning the vessel.

This piece is signed and was completed in 2020. This wood has had quite a journey from NE Portland to Olathe, Ks and now to your home.

Jatoba Wood Platter
Kris Coyan Wood Used: Jatoba

Dimensions: 9-1/8″ diameter x 1-1/4″ tall

My wife likes to get me wood blanks as gifts. This past father’s day, she gave me a 2x10x10 piece of Jatoba wood that she hand picked at Woodcraft.

I turned this piece, trying my best to recall the instructions from professional turner Eli Avisera taught in a hands-on demonstration at our club. I used the same scale and curves, however, I changed the embellishment around the outer rim. I do like the way the form accents the color variations in the wood grain.

The black lines were painted on with a dark acrylic and then I added some metallics for a slight sheen. I was not satisfied with the overall ‘balance’ of the rim features until I added some texture to one of the outer rings.

Ultimately, I was very happy with the platter! It was a fun project.

Tops and Spinning Display Bowl
Jerry Darter Description: One dozen brightly decorated spinning tops and a cherry spinning and display bowl.

Wood: Tops are made from maple, spinning and display bowl is cherry.

Dimensions: Tops are approx. 2” diameter x 2-1/4” tall. Bowl is 9” diameter x 2-1/2” tall.

The Story: Jerry Darter has made, literally, thousands of tops to give away at the Ronald McDonald House. When a child enters the front door at a Ronald McDonald House, they are greeted by a bowl of tops to take and play with. Jerry’s personal mission is to turn 1000 tops every year for his charity and he has always exceeded that number. Jerry and his “Top Team” make tops at the Clubhouse and are always glad to show others how to turn a great top. They could always use a few more tops.

As the Thunder Rolls
Larry Dice Woods Used: Cherry

Dimensions: 10“ diameter x 2” tall

Description: This colored rim bowl was turned out of cherry, hand painted with black lacquer covered with iridescent paints, followed up by custom hand rubbed wax finish on the inside of the bowl and the back side.

The painting design inspiration was from an English artist on YouTube channel.

Oak Burl with Aspen Illusion
Don Frank Dimensions: 5” diameter sphere

Don’s Description: I had this bug-eaten oak burl with bark inclusions sitting on a shelf for several years. I thought that the only way to turn it was to infuse it with resin and then turn. I decided to give it a try without the resin and I managed to keep it together during turning.

The resulting window on the side of the piece was larger than anticipated and I felt the need to do something to make the inside as interesting as the outside, hence the Aspen Bark Illusion. The Aspen Bark Illusion was done with milk paints and epoxy for the textured wart areas.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of this club. Your friendship and willingness to share methods and ideas has made me a better woodturner.

Osage Orange Vase
Tony Giordano WOOD USED: Osage Orange
7-1/4″ diameter x 8-1/8″ tall.

TONY’S DESCRIPTION: The Osage Orange tree originally grew in my front yard. Osage Orange does not always grow round and this one didn’t either. The void was filled with resin. The finish is several coats of epoxy followed with clear polyurethane.

The photo was lit from the inside with an LED tea light.

18G361 Vase
Tony Giordano WOOD USED: Oak. It was obtained at a KC Woodturners meeting. A single block of oak glued from several pieces making a square of about 3″ and about 13″ long. 18G361 used about half of that block.


DESCRIPTION: Flower vase with PVC insert epoxied in place so that water can be added to keep the flower fresh.

FINISH: Wood was first dyed a dark blue using TransTint. Then several layers of epoxy were applied, each layer containing metallic pigments. A final coat of a clear automotive polyurethane results in a hard, durable coating that is impervious to water. The bottom was then sealed using several coats of tung oil finish.

At the 2017 national symposium “Woodcarvers Supply” offered several Pearl essence pigments. After trying them I liked the effect and wanted to expand what could be done and purchased the metallic pigments.

18G361 contains a number of the metallic pigments which gives unique coloring. Depending on lighting and angle red, green and blue can be seen.

Boxwood Box on an Ebony Pedestal
Anthony Harris Woods Used: boxwood and ebony

Dimensions: 2-1/2” diameter sphere x 5” tall pedestal (7-1/2” total)

Description: The boxwood perfect sphere is hand-threaded to separate in the middle. The sphere is elevated using a delicate ebony pedestal that is also hand-threaded.

Box Elder Bowl
Jerry James Woods Used: Box Edler (from a local tree)

Dimensions: 3-1/2” diameter x 4” tall

Description: Jerry saved this wood from a neighbor’s burn pile. The neighbor had just cut down the tree and Jerry noted some nice red color in the wood. The interior is painted shiny gold and the top is textured.

Open Segment Bowl
Ed Jaszczak Dimensions: 10” diameter x 7” tall

Woods Used: Maple and Walnut
Description: Description: The bowl is made up of alternating rings of maple and walnut. The walnut rings are ¾” thick while the maple rings are 3/8” thick. There is a 3/8” gap between each of the segments.

Finish: Walnut oil

625 Bowl
Ed Jaszczak Dimensions: 6” diameter x 5” tall

Woods Used: Main body of the segmented vessel is maple. Top and bottom rings are walnut, the design rings are made up of walnut, blood wood, and yellowheart.

Description: A small segmented vessel that has 13 segmented rings with 48 pieces per ring. The bottom ring is made from a solid piece of walnut. (625 pieces)

Finish: 2 coats of a water-based sanding sealer and then 4 coats of a wipe-on Polyurethane.

Bowl From A 6″ Cube
Jack Karstens Wood Used: Yellowheart, walnut, zebrawood, padauk, alder

Dimensions: 8″ corner-to-corner and 6” tall

Description: At one of last year’s meetings, Jack demonstrated how to make a three-pointed bowl from a cube. The three-pointed upper bowl and three-pointed base are carefully cut from the cube and are not joined together. This is a very nice bowl and it is difficult to figure out how he did it, even after we saw Jack doing it at his demo.

The 6” cube has five different woods laminated together to make a good contrast: yellowheart, walnut, zebrawood, padauk and alder. Jack branded the bowl bottom with his logo.

African Blackwood Cup
Shaun McMahon Dimensions: 7” tall x 2-1/2” diameter

Description: An African Blackwood cup is being held in a turned goblet shaped holder. The holder is turned from Maple, hand carved, and then burned with a torch and finished with oil. There is a Hawthorne shaped leaf carved on it for decoration.

Captive Ring Goblet with Miniature Captive Ring Goblet
Shaun McMahon Dimensions: Large goblet: 8-1/4” tall x 2-3/4” diameter. Miniature goblet: 2” tall x ¾” diameter

Description: The large goblet is turned from maple and has a laminated design in the cup and has two captive rings on its stem. The kiss-like cap was turned from walnut. The design is based on the concept of an Irish wedding goblet. It is finished with tung oil.

There is a miniature goblet with two captive stem rings hidden in the cup of the large goblet. It is turned from purpleheart.

Pierced Ginkgo Leaf Turning #242
Jerry McMaster Dimensions: 7-1/2” diameter x 3/4″ thick

Wood: Ash

Jerry’s Description: I have been a member of the KC Woodturners Club for 19 years and have been turning for that length of time. Whatever skill I might have did not come naturally, rather, I took advantage of local workshops, demonstrations, AAW symposiums and classes at Arrowmont. During that time, I was lucky to have taken classes with Ben Pho, who taught me the art of thin turning, piercing and airbrushing.

Inspiration for my work come from growing up with a father who was an outdoorsman. Most weekends were spent quietly in the woods pursuing game, but also watching the play between light, wind and falling leaves. Most of my work is an attempt to show that interaction and the sense of calm that came with those times.

Linda and I have been lucky enough to live in a wooded area west of Peculiar, Missouri for the past 46 years. As trees have died on our property we have replaced them with flowering trees or trees of color. Now, mixed with the natural oak, ash and hickory trees, we also have maples, flowering crab, dogwood and my favority, the ginkgo tree.

The auction piece, #242, is made from two 7-1/2” maple disks, connected with a lap joint, then pierced and airbrushed. The finish is spray acrylic. The pattern is of falling ginkgo leaves with subtle dogwood blossoms in the piercing. The base for the piece is walnut.

Enjoy this piece from our house to yours.


Airbrushed and Pierced Ash Woodturning
Jerry McMaster Dimensions: 5” tall by 2-3/4” diameter

Wood: Ash

Design: The design was placed in the “natural window” provided by to wood grain. The piece was burned, airbrushed and pierced. The piece is signed and numbered by the artist.

Finish: Acrylic airbrush paint, milk paint, satin acrylic finish.

Cryptex Secret Box
Mike McReynolds Dimensions: 14” wide x 4” diameter (6” tall in stand)

Description: This is a Cryptex secret box as seen on the movie The DaVinci Code with Tom Hanks. Mike has made a number of these secret boxes. This is the most complicated one I have seen, with 14 rotating key rings. A couple years ago, Mike demonstrated making these at a KC Woodturner monthly meeting. The secret code for this Cryptex is shown on one of the photos below: KC Woodturners. The Cryptex is made from ash and finished with poly. The stand is walnut.

Blue-Dyed Curly Maple Segmented Vase
Kevin Neelley Dimensions: 6” diameter x 12-1/2” tall

Description: This vase was constructed from curly maple segment rings and was turned on Kevin’s Vicmarc bowl lathe. The vase outside was dyed using water-based blue aniline dye. The vase inside was left natural color. The vase was finished using Behlen sanding sealer and Behlen lacquer.

Asian Box
Stuart Shanker Dimensions: 8” x 8” square x 3-1/4” tall

Description: Making something original is not easy. Most of the pieces we see now have been done before. The idea for my box came from Jimmy Clewes. I then added to the form by carving , dyeing and painting it. As this is an Asian box made from birch, I wanted to emphasize the colors of the Chinese buildings seen in the Forbidden City in Beijing. At the same time, I wanted the grain of the wood to show through on the red part. Enhancing one’s pieces is a double sided coin. If I like the original form, do I take the risk of doing more to it that may actually detract from it? In this case, I’m happy with the result and hope that you like it.

Bigleaf Maple Burl Winged Bowl
Chip Siskey Wood Used: Bigleaf Maple Burl

Dimensions: 12-3/4” across x 6-3/4” depth x 1-3/4” height

Description: This winged bowl was turned from a bigleaf maple burl. Bigleaf maple burls typically grow in the Washington/Oregon area of the US. It was finished with poly.

Time Catcher
Dave Stalling Dimensions: 5” diameter x 7” tall

Dave’s Description: I came to this design after thinking about how to do something in multi-axis turning and then realized that the project would consume as much time as I could spend on it. Thus the name “Time Catcher” came to be.
It is made from a 4”x6”x9” piece of black walnut timber found at a barn estate sale that was on the back shelf of the barn. The end of this piece was cut at a 10 degree angle and turned off axis to create the tilt back of the face. It is finished with Tung oil. There is a companion piece I made a year ago that is nearly identical.

American Elm Bowl
Mike Thomas Dimensions: 8-3/4” diameter x 4-3/4” tall

Description: This bowl was turned from a chunk of American Elm from Prescott, KS, using his OneWay lathe. The bowl has one nice tight knot in the bottom. Mike finished this turning using tung oil, so it is ready for salad or whatever you like.

Figured Natural-Edge Ash Bowl
Kent Townsend Wood Used: Ask (from a local tree)

Dimensions: 10-1/2″ diameter by 6″ tall

Description: Kent turned this bowl from the trunk of a large local ash tree. Note the figure in the side view photo. The natural edge turned out very good.

Figured Plum Lidded Box with Ebony Finial
Dick Woodhouse Dimensions: At top of finial: 10” tall x 4” diameter

Description: This lidded box was made from a chunk of Overland Park local figured plum. The tree had been damaged in one of our recent snow/ice storms and had to come down. The finial was turned from ebony. It is finished with wiping poly.