Rudy Lopez

Rudolph Lopez began his relationship with wood over 40 years ago as a craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry. With an education in drafting and design and many years working as a professional photographer, the transition into woodturning has been a seamless flow into another creative endeavor.

“I have always had a love of nature and the natural beauty and inspiration it provides, and with that came my love of wood. I love everything about wood, rough or smooth it possesses a warm welcome feel. Wood has an unlimited potential for creativity but also flaws and faults, cracks, knots and other defects which sometimes makes it difficult to work with….. this is my favorite kind of wood. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible amount of beauty to be found in it as I create a new turning. My goal as an artistic turner is to bring out this hidden beauty which God and nature has provided and enhance it to create something that invites the eye and beckons the touch. I prefer simple shapes with sensuous flowing lines that showcase and reflect the natural beauty of the wood, thus becoming something to treasure for years to come”.

His energetic easy-going personality and his ability to explain woodturning techniques in a simple understandable manner has allowed Rudolph to share his skills and enthusiasm for woodturning along with his love of wood through teaching and demonstrating at symposiums, clubs, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School as well as his studio in Tampa, Fl.

Website: http://rudolphlopez.com/

Morning Session:

“Natural Edge Wing Platter Turning” The Right (EASY) Way 

We will turn one of my shallow Natural Edge Wing style Platters emphasizing correct tool technique using bevel supported cuts and the importance of sharp tools. We will discuss the correct sharpening of the side ground bowl gouge and the different cuts that can be done with it. Attendees will learn when and how the different cuts are used to turn bowls safely and efficiently with a cleanly cut surface that will reduce sanding. I will explain and demonstrate the different bevel angles I prefer on the bowl gouges and how they relate to cutting different areas of bowls/platters. Also we will discuss one of my favorite tools, Negative Rake scrapers, how to sharpen them and how they are used for these types of platters. We will also discuss the layout of the bowl/platter in the log relating to grain symmetry and to predict warping and hopefully prevent cracking. I will demonstrate how I prepare the bottom of the platter to carve feet if desired. Students will be encouraged to concentrate on good tool technique.

Skill level / Experience:  Beginner with good basic knowledge of the lathe & tool use, turns currently.

Tools & supplies; Face Shield recommended, Safety Glasses required 3/8”, 1/2″ or 5/8″ side ground Bowl gouge, Parting tool, 3/4″ Round nose scraper and/or old skew to convert to Negative Rake scrapers if desired. I will have extra tools for students to use. 

Afternoon session:

Square to Round Vase

We will be turning one of my Square to Round Vases, which is square on top and tapers to round at the bottom. Starting with a rectangular blank we will layout the cut pattern then use the band saw to taper the sides, the remaining exterior corners will be partially turned away leaving the four tapered sides with a square top. Then the interior of the vase will be hollowed out into the square top. For the hollowing process I will introduce the students to my favorite hollowing tool, the Rolly Munro Hollower. Also we will learn about my other favorite tool, Negative Rake scrapers, how to sharpen them and how they are used for finishing the inside of the vase. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two of the most important fundamentals of turning – sharp tools and good tool control will be emphasized. I will demonstrate how and why this along with lathe speed affects how efficiently and cleanly interrupted edges can be turned smoothly and safely. Techniques for sanding and/or embellishing the different surfaces of the forms will also be discussed. Attendees will learn the process I use to set-up and draw the layout of a design on the blank and how it is cut on the band saw and then oriented on the lathe, which will start you thinking about how many different design possibilities there are for square to round bowls, vases and hollow forms.

Skill level / Experience: Beginner with good basic knowledge of the lathe & tool use, turns currently.

Tools & supplies; Face Shield recommended, Safety Glasses required, 3/8”, 1/2″ or 5/8″ side ground Bowl gouge, Parting tool, 3/4″ Round nose scraper and/or old skew to convert to Negative Rake scrapers if desired. I will have extra tools for students to use.

Wing Bowl Handout.

Square to Round Vase Handout

Negative Rake Scraper Jig and Info

Handout ABC-XYZ bowl turning

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