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August 18th – DAW Club Meeting: Three Axis Star from a Cube of Wood, the Perfect Christmas Ornament – Donna Frazier

August 18, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meeting Details:

This is a hybrid meeting – in-person at WoodWorld and on Zoom.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to members and also be available below prior to the meeting/demo.

Topic: DAW August Demo. Donna Frazier  will turn Theo Haralampou”s “Star”. The star is turned completely on the lathe from a cube of wood. She will show how he makes the jig and how the star is turned using more than one axis (three). 

Time: Thursday August 18, 2022

       – 6:00 PM Central – join, connect and social time
       – 6:30 PM Central – announcements and demo

       – 8:00 PM Central – Show & Tell and Raffle

Donna Frazier  will turn Theo Haralampou”s “Star”. The star is turned completely on the lathe from a cube of wood. I will show how he makes the jig and how the star is turned using more than one axis (three). This is a fairly simple project that can be used as an ornament for the upcoming Christmas holidays!

About the demonstrator –

They say that an apple dosen’t fall far from the tree and in my case this is certainly true. My great grandfather was a carpenter/woodturner,  my grandparents were artists, my father was an engineer and hobbiest woodworker. I was a daddy’s girl and learned at a young age to respect wood furfurniture, my heritage and have an appreciation for the wisdom of those who came before us.
Despite growing up with a full woodshop in the basement…I did not begin my woodturning journey until 6 years ago when I mistakenly attended a  HCW meeting having thought it was a woodworking club. To my surprise it was actually so much more….and that is where I discovered the lathe! I became passionately obsessed and positively a nuisance to many with my never ending questioning. In 2019 I was asked to compete in Masters at Work in Broken Bow,  OK. where I won 2nd place in box making. In 2021 I turned my first cowboy hat and was invited back.
While I absolutely loved woodturning, I was intrigued by the different tools, techniques and grinds. I began to realize that if I understood how they worked, each tools limits and when those limits could be pushed, that I could advance towards harnessing the creative power of the lathe and be a better instructor.
     In 2020, I was placed on the HCW mentor list. That same year, I was also Vice President and in charge of finding demonstrators for the club meetings. Covid lockdown hit and I began watching world wide virtual woodturning demonstrations on Zoom and studying books written by the past woodturning Masters. As I was searching for demonstrators for our club meetings, I also began having meaningful correspondence with current Master turners and tool manufacturers, discussing differences of techniques and grinds. It became my mission to unravel the mystery so that I could make it easier for others.
It is my conclusion, that if you understand what is taking place at the cutting edge of a turning tool: you can work smarter not harder, get consistant results and grow in your turning skills. After all, only perfect practice makes perfect! And understanding your options is essential. There are often many ways to make a cut correctly, but some are easier than others. Knowing this makes woodturning the joy it ought to be!



August 18, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Dallas Area Woodturners
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WoodWorld and Remote Zoom
13650 T I Blvd Ste 101
Dallas, TX 75243 United States
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