Next Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spin Tops by That Yo-Yo Guy, Dick Stohr

Dick Stohr

For our September demonstration, Dick Stohr will be showing us how to make and spin a high quality string-pulled wooden top. He will start with the blank and discuss what is needed to make a turned top spin well. He will also fill us in on the life of a professional yo-yo guy and maybe do a few tricks.

Dick was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. After getting his BS in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, he served ten years active duty and 16 years in the reserves as a US Naval Flight Officer. He has over 5000 hours in P-3 Orion aircraft looking for Soviet submarines.

For the last 19 years, he has been known as That Yo-Yo Guy -- playing with his toys and other people's kids and getting paid for it! He has done demonstrations at schools, libraries, trade shows, fairs, festivals, Cub Scout gatherings, parties, and other fun events. He has competed at national tournaments and holds several world records.

In November 2010 he bought a lathe and tools from Woodcraft as a result of a 'Turn for the Troops' event. Since then he has turned pens, pencils, honey dippers, spurtles, etc. to sell at senior center craft fairs. He is a member of CAW and AAW, and has attended Virginia Woodturners Symposium.

Tops by Dick Stohr Turnings by Dick Stohr Big Tops by Dick Stohr

Current and Upcoming Events

  • September 1st - 31st: Germantown Library Exhibit

  • September 8th Pieces for Turning Works will be collected for donation to Interfaith Works at the montly meeting

  • September 9th Skills Enhancement Session: 10am - 1:30pm

  • September 16th 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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