Next Meeting: Thursday, January 12, 2017

8th Annual Show & Tell with Panel Critiques

If you are bringing a piece to be discussed, please be sure to read the important instructions at the bottom.

The Show & Tell event has been a big hit for seven years, and we are happy to continue this MCW January tradition. Instead of a demonstration, we will have an extended Show & Tell period with a critique of each piece by a panel of three selected craft, art, and turning experts. Our goal is to get fresh perspectives, from the outside looking in, at what we're doing, how our forms relate to those of other media, and how we may be able to improve them. Our panelists this year will have the turning experience that you have asked for in the past

Our panel this year will be

  1. Professional Woodturner - Allen Alexopulos
  2. Pastel Artist, instructor and author - Jean Hirons
  3. Wood Art Collector and Arts Patron - Fleur Bresler

Participants (you) may bring one piece that you have made, to have it reviewed.

We encourage all members to attend this meeting and to join us for a great learning opportunity, whether or not you bring a piece to be evaluated. Some comments from the audience will be welcomed, as time permits. We intend to keep it informal and to just have fun with it, as we always do.

As in our normal, monthly S&T sessions, finished pieces are encouraged, but the idea is not necessarily to submit a 'perfect' piece, or even a finished piece -- rather, the goal is for us all to learn about design, turning, and finishing techniques from the things each of us is making or has made. This is an ideal way to learn how to improve what we are doing in a friendly but learned and informative environment.

For those who want to enter a piece

  1. Items, or the desire to enter a piece, MUST be pre-registered with Tim Aley
  2. 1 piece per person and we are putting a limit on the number of pieces/people at the first 16 entries sent to Tim. Tim will confirm your spot on the list.
  3. It is very important that you bring your item and have it on the table no later than 6:30 p.m. When you arrive, please put a numbered dot on your piece, place it on the table, and sign in on the sheet, as usual.
  4. When your piece is presented, as the maker, you will have 60 seconds to say why you brought it and what you hope to learn about it. The panelists will then each have a chance to say something about it.

Two things have to happen between 6:30 and 7:00: 1) the panelists need the time to look over all the works and collect their thoughts, and 2) Mike Colella has to photograph all of them before the business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Time at these events is precious and fleeting.

If you are not bringing a piece to be reviewed, the meeting will begin for you, as usual, at or before 7:00 p.m., as you like.  This is guaranteed to be another fun and instructive time. Don't miss it!

Panelist Bios

Jean Hirons Jean Hirons is a pastel painter and resident artist/instructor at Artist and Makers Studios 2 in Rockville. She is the author of Finding Your Style in Pastel , her highly acclaimed book, self-published in 2012. Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, and past president of the Maryland Pastel Society.

Allen Alexopulos Cosmic Jets Allen Alexopulos produces custom woodturing art in Annapolis, MD. He has demoed at MCW in 2011 and 2014 and many clubs in the area. "Cosmic Jets" has been juried in to, and won a juror's award at the Maryland Federation of Art's Small Wonders exhibition that will run from 12/2/16 to 12/26/16. He is a member of the Maryland Federation of Art, AAW and a member (and past President) of the Chesapeake Woodturners, where he is very active doing demos, teaching, manning booths, and participates in their shows.

Fleur Bresler Bresler Collection Fleur Bresler is truly a "One-of-a-Kind" patron, mentor, and supporter of craft communities, not only in the Washington, D.C. area, but nationally. She is an avid collector. With her husband Charles, who died in 2010, she has assembled a significant collection, with a special emphasis on wood and textiles. Fleur graciously opened her home and collection to MCW members several times. She has volunteered her time to numerous craft-related organizations, including the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia (President for five years), the James Renwick Alliance in Washington D.C. (Board member), the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass. (Board member), and the Minneapolis-based American Craft Council (ACC) from which she was presented the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy. She was also a docent for 15 years at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. Fleur and Charles have donated items to many museums, including 66 pieces of wood art to the Renwick Gallery that were highlighted in the " A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection " which opened in 2010. Several MCW members were fortunate enough to demonstrate in the Renwick in conjunction with this show. She has created an endowment for the current curatorial position at the Renwick -- named the "Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge" for American Craft and Decorative Arts -- a title held until recently by Nicholas Bell, who curated the "wonderful" WONDER exhibit that reopened the Renwick after its renovation.

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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.

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