Northern Rockies Woodworking Guild

Guild members with Powermatic lathe that was purchased in 2005 and is on long term loan to the Bozeman High School
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Next Meeting: March 21st - 7:00 PM Topic: Bowl decorations by Jim Palakovich

  • Upcoming Meetings:

  • April 11th
  • May 9th
  • June 10 Picnic meeting
  • Meetings start at 7:00 PM

  • Need people to sign up to give demos

What's New

  • At the March meeting Jim Palakovich will demonstrate the bowl decoration methods he has done to bowls he recently brought to show and tell.

  • March meeting delayed one week due to spring break at the BHS

  • The bowl blanks that we create in the January meeting will be dried and come back at the April meeting for a hands on demonstration on how to take a dried rough turned bowl blank to a finished bowl. We will demonstrate how to true up the blank and get it back on the lathe for a second turning.

  • We need to get more members to step up and give a demonstration. There are many skills within our group and it really helps to share your knowledge. If you have a topic that you would like to know more about please ask and we can see if someone will step up and give a demo. We are always looking for new and better ideas for demos.

  • With the change of the NRWG year to September thru September, dues are now due in September. The cost of the membership has been raised to $25/year. This money is used to keep the library going, help with the student group and to help defray the costs of bringing in demonstrators.

  • The secretary of the group is cleaning up the e-mail listing. If you have not been getting meeting announcements be sure to drop Dean an e-mail at

  • If you have items that you have checked out of the library and have had them for awhile please get them back for others to enjoy. The time limit is 30 days.

  • The student group meets Thursday afternoon in the BHS woods shop. Dean Center, Ivan Flock and Jim Larson are working with the students for basic turning skills and projects. Contact either Dean or Jim if you would like to help. All of the NRWG members that helped with the student group sessions reported it as a fun and rewarding experience.

  • To check out the student portion of the web site click here.

  • The meeting night is the second Tuesday of the month. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. As always guests are welcome and be sure to bring your latest work for show and tell.

  • Free turned wooden bowls. See how you can get a free artistic wooden bowl or turned item.

  • The library is a resource for guild members. The library is brought to each meeting. If you have books/DVDs/Videos that you would like to share you can donate them to the library or loan them and retain ownership.

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Keep an eye out for the tree crews and let the other guild member know when you see them. Thanks to Dean Center for the alert on this maple tree
Tom Robinson demonstrated turned Christmas ornaments made from the previous year's tree
Gordon McMullen demonstrated how to turn a gavel during the November 2008 meeting
David Nittmann demo January 2008
David Nittmann demo January 2008
June 2007 meeting at Ron Lerner's shop
June 2007 meeting at Ron Lerner's shop
May 2007 show and tell gallery
March 2007 gallery
John Noyes applies Chryascola powder during November 2006 meeting
Al Stirt 2006 demo
Gordon McMullen with large Elm
Elm bowl blanks
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