ZVW display at the 2012 Rochester Woodcarvers Show.

August 31st
Segmented Eggs
Bob Post

Bob Post takes us from the creation of a segmented blank through the actual turning of one of his poplular segmented eggs.

Variety is the key, from veneer-thin sheets to thicker boards alternating colors as they are glued in into thicker boards highlighting the variety of woods used.

These layered sheets are cut at various angles and then glued into a block with a much modified pattern of alterntaing woods.

The last segmented glue-up creates a blank large enough for several eggs. This is cut into blanks sized to make one egg, examples on the table below the larger blank. You can see the soup cans used to hold the eggs as their finish is drying on his left.

Very few specialized tools are used, an experienced eye is the main tool Bob uses.

Bob does use three pencil lines on the blank to guide the proportions giving the egg its familiar curves. Bob turns his eggs with a spindle gouge.

The results are amazing to kids of all ages.

Show and Tell

Welcome to the Zumbro Valley Woodturners' Home Page

We are a club of novice, intermediate, and experienced woodturners who enjoy turning wood, helping fellow members improve their skills, and encouraging non-members to learn the skill of woodturning.

Like many woodturning clubs, we hold monthly meetings where equipment is available for demonstrations and hands-on learning, and our lending library of woodturning books and videos is available to all members. After a very brief business meeting, usually a club member, but occasionally a visiting "dignitary," will give a presentation or a demonstration on a topic such as wood harvesting and preparation, wood species and properties, tool selection, tool sharpening, tool making, lathes and accessories, gluing up and bandsawing blanks, finishing, painting, burning, displaying, pricing, photographing, and oh, yes, turning techniques for platters, bowls, vases, boxes, spindles, ornaments, and more. A meeting also usually has a show and tell session and sometimes a wood raffle.

Some of us have turnings for sale in galleries or sell at craft shows. Some of us turn only for personal use or for presents for our friends and relatives. All of us turn for pleasure and the joy of accomplishment.

Club membership is by household and dues are $25 annually payable at the start of each calendar year. High school and college students interested in woodturning are invited to be student members at no charge. To serve on the ZVW Board of Directors, a club member must also be a member of the American Association of Woodturners.

If you think you may be interested in woodturning, drop by one of our meetings shown in the right side bar. Visitors are always welcome.

Enhance your woodturnings with carvings. Learn to carve, or improve your carving skills at our SE Minnesota carving club.

Click here to link to the Rochester Woodcarvers website

Our parent organization, The American Association of Woodturners, welcomes visitors to its web site. To learn more about our parent organization, click on the logo below.

Please click here to link to the AAW web site

The American Association of Woodturners' Woodturning Fundamentals provides a source for basic skills and techniques.

Please send comments or questions to editor@zvwoodturners.com

The Zumbro Valley Woodturners meet on the last Thursday of every month except November and December. In November and December, meetings are scheduled prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Exceptions are posted below.

All events are held at the New Haven Town Hall, exceptions will be noted below.

New Haven Town Hall
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Upcoming Events

April 26th
Education Hour
5:30 to 6:30

Segmented Turning
Calculating Angles
Claire Ewert
6:30 to 8:30

May 31st

6:30 to 8:30

2017 Program Listing

The Zumbro Valley Woodturners' Logo

Our logo pattern is available for you to have embroidered on your clothing.

For particulars, click on the T-shirt below to go to our February, 2009 Newsletter. Details are on page 2.

Click here for details on embroidered logos