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Turn a Platter demonstration by Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle, the author of this brief bio, has been turning for an estimated 18-20 years.  Note, at my age, memory is one of the first three things to go.  I don’t remember what the other two are. I have been a member of the Dallas Area Woodturners (DAW) for at least 8 years and possibly more (memory once again).  I have taken a few classes with Jimmy Clewes, Alan Lacer, David Ellsworth, Rudy Lopez and other local turners over the years and learned valuable design, sharpening and tool handling techniques which I have found very helpful to my turning prowess.  I taught group turning classes at the Rockler Woodworking and Hardware for a few years in Richardson, TX.  I now I teach individual lessons on request at my home shop in Allen, TX, and scheduled group lessons at the Woodcraft store in Plano, TX.  My wife, Sue, and I both turn and currently have four lathes.  Our biggest is a Vicmarc VL240 with a bed extension, next in order of size is a Vicmarc VL150, a Jet 1221 EVS and a Jet 1015.  My wife and I both enjoy turning and sharing our turning abilities with others interested in improving their turning skills.


I am the current Vice President of the Dallas Area Woodturners club. I have been an active member of the club since 2004. I am also the President of the Trinity River Woodturners Council, which is a council of the five woodturning clubs in the DFW area.

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