Next Meeting: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - One week later than usual

Mike Sorge: Natural Edge Winged Vase

Mike Sorge

Mike Sorge returns to MCW after his very successful "Big Air" demonstration last year. This year he will demonstrate his award-winning Natural Edge Winged Vase. In Mike's demo, he will describe selecting and harvesting natural edge timber and the process of safely mounting it on the lathe. He will then demonstrate positioning and balancing timber for bark orientation on the lathe to obtain the desired design. Next he will discuss forming the exterior shape and his methods for removing inside material and getting a smooth cut.

Mike comes to us from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He has been turning since 2009, and is a current member of the American Association of Woodturners, Blue Ridge Woodturners and Central Virginia Woodturners. In 2009, Mike discovered rescuing, revealing and preserving beautiful timber through the art of woodturning. Committed and determined, Mike studied books and videos from professional turners and set upon a path of experimentation and trial and error, with the goal of developing a style of his own. Through persistent effort, his signature Geometrics and Winged Natural Edge emerged, elegantly displaying the inherent natural beauty of the fallen tree for art and utilitarian use, heirlooms for generations of enjoyment. Mike has been very busy around the area with demonstrations and classes at almost all the local clubs, sharing his experience and knowledge with other turners.

Demo Fee $10

Vase by Mike Sorge Award-winning Vase

Current and Upcoming Events

  • May 27th Wounded Warrior Session: 12:30am - 2:30pm

  • June 10th Skills Enhancement Session: 10am - 1:30pm

  • June 10th Wounded Warrior Session: 12:30am - 2:30pm

MCW at the 2015 Montgomery County Fair

For the seventh year in a row, MCW ran a week of turning demonstrations at the Montgomery County Fair. Members Tim Aley, Phil Brown, Bert Bleckwenn, Margaret Folas, Clif Poodry, Emily Koo, Beth McClelland, Don Van Ryk, Jim Allison, Carl Powell, Russ Iler, Rebecca Meyersohn, Jack Enders, Paul Mazzi, Mike Kugelman, Dick Webster and Jeff Tate manned the booth, at least when the weather permitted.

Once again MCW members took several ribbons and championships in the Arts and Crafts judging. See the gallery of these award winning turnings and MCW's activities demonstrating woodturning.

Visitors always welcome!

Visitors and guests are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Please join us if you're in the area and learn about the art and craft of woodturning. All skill levels from novice to expert will find a common ground.

We look forward to seeing you!

Member benefits include discounts at the following supporting organizations. Please see the Members Only page for details on how to obtain the discounts.

Woodworkers Club Rockville, Maryland -

The Woodworkers Club, a Woodcraft affiliate, offers MCW Members a 10% rebate on all regularly priced items. After reaching certain plateaus of spending, you will become eligible for a rebate which you will receive by email and is good for 3 months. Non-qualifying items are power tools, items already on sale, gift cards, and items from companies that prohibit discounting (Festool, SawStop, Leigh, and a couple others). Our relationship with Woodworkers Club is very synergistic and important to us, and I encourage you to make your woodturning and woodworking purchases from them. If they don't have something in the store that's in the Woodcraft catalog or on their web site, they will get it for you, and you can save on shipping by picking it up at the store.

Craft Supplies USA

Craft Supplies USA is a family-owned and operated business serving the woodturning community. Individual MCW Members can save 10% on all finishes & disc abrasives. - is a coated abrasive specialist focused on fast service and fair prices providing superior sanding discs, sheets and belts. MCW Members receive a 5% discount (cash or check) at the Gaithersburg store at 8536 Dakota Drive (800-516-7621).

Exotic Lumber, Inc. Frederick Maryland -

With over 130 species in stock, Exotic Lumber has one of the widest selections available on the East Coast. They offer a 10% discount to MCW Members with membership badge. They have warehouse locations in Frederick and Annapolis, where you are welcome to select from their extensive selection of turning blocks.

Hartville Tool -

Hartville Tool is a nationwide retailer of general and specialized tools for woodworking and home improvement. They offer free shipping to all. If you have accepted the MCW offer to "opt in" to be a member of the Hartville Tool Club, you will get a 15% discount on all tools (excluding sale items, gift cards, special orders, and Festool products).

North Woods Figured Wood

North Woods is a multi-generational family-owned supplier of wood and wood blanks specifically selected with the woodturner in mind. They specialize in Pacific Coast native species of trees and have sizes from single pen blanks up to 1,500# whole burls. With 20+ species in stock, there is something for everyone. Members get a 15% discount.

MCW : A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners .
The AAW is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodturning and has over 14,000 members in 27 countries. Many of these members also belong to one (or more) of the AAW's local chapters. Although MCW is a local chapter of the AAW, an individual's membership in this chapter does not imply membership in the AAW or vice versa. Membership in AAW is encouraged as it provides an additional source of great information (high quality journal, national symposiums, members-only resources) and services not available with MCW.

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