Events (2017)

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Jan 26

7:00 PM

 Mike Sorge

Feb 23

7:00 PM

Alan Zenrich.  –  Remote demo
Mar 23

7:00 PM

 Mark StLedger
 Apr 29

9:00  AM 3:30 PM


 Harvey Myer

The Blue Ridge Woodturners is happy to announce our program for the April, 2017 which will be an all day demonstration and a two day hands-on workshop by Harvey Meyer.  Harvey produces amazing turnings which give the illusion that they are woven! He does this embellishment technique on bowls, platters, hollow forms, etc.  He will show us in detail how he accomplishes his unique brand of magic.  You are encouraged to view some of his work on his website:

The Two Day Hands-On Workshop:

When:   Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:30am to 3:30pm and Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:30am to 3:30pm

Where:  Willie Simmon’s shop, 329 Botetourt Rd. (Rt. 220), Fincastle, VA 24090

 May 18

7:00 PM

May 19

9 – 3:30

 Jun 22

7:00 PM

 Tips and tricks
 Jul 27

7:00 PM

 Bob Vaughn. Christmas ornament
 Aug 26

BRWT Annual Summer Picnic at Longwood Park

611 E. Main Street, Salem VA  (Shelter #4)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Important – Picnic RSVP Extended! We need an accurate headcount for this event. Please RSVP (either coming or not) by August 18 to Mike Moore at (540) 389-5072 or email

Meal details: Lunch at noon. Blue Ridge Woodturners will furnish BBQ, buns, utensils, plates, cups, ice and drinks. Members are asked to bring side dish(s) or dessert(s) to share.

Chinese Auction: Purchase tickets and place in the bidding cups before and after lunch for your chance to win beautiful and interesting items donated by club members.

Directions: Longwood Park is located on East Main Street in Salem near the intersection with Thompson Memorial Drive. Turn into the park’s main entrance, drive up the hill (past the shelter we used last year); turn right onto Monroe Street then turn right again into the parking lot for shelter #4. There are a few handicapped parking spaces closer to the shelter for those unloading or who are unable to walk the distance. 

Map Link:,-80.0509467,335m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

 Sep 28

7:00 PM

Bill Bandy – Basic Bowl Turning
 Oct 19

7:00 PM

3rd Thursday

Jacques Vesery – Oct. 19 – 3rd Thursday

Jacques Vesery is an Artist/ Sculptor who strives to create an illusion of reality, with vision and inspiration derived from the ‘golden mean’ or ‘divine proportions’. The marriage of pattern, form and proportion conveys a sense of growth from within each of his pieces. He has been included in over 20 publications and will have work in ”100 Artists of New England” to be released in the spring of 2011. Other books include ‘Scratching the Surface’, ‘Wood Art Today’, ‘Natured Transformed’ and ‘New Masters of Woodturning’.


See more about Jacques Vestry at

 Oct 20 & 21


Hands-on Workshop with Jacques Vesery
Willie Simmons’ Workshop – Fincastle
329 Botetourt Road (Rt. 220), Fincastle, VA 24090
This is a first-come, first-served event, so don’t delay in letting us know.
RSVP to Lucy Cruise or call (540) 871-5405.
The two-day, hands-on workshop costs $225 (includes lunch both days). Below is the initial information that Jacques has furnished for these workshops. See more about Jacques Vestry at Class – Concepts in Design and Form – Form vs. Pretty Wood Sat. Class- “Texture for Color Becomes Second Nature”  Various carving and texturing techniques on both green and dry wood. The use of power carvers, rotary carvers, burning tools  and methods  to enhance the details for coloring to create illusion. No lathes for this one… just rotary tools, burners, paints, etc. (A complete list will be sent out later)

This is a first-come, first-served event, so don’t delay in letting us know.

RSVP to Lucy Cruise or call (540) 871-5405. Checks can be mailed to the BRW Treasurer, Peter Toch, marked as “Vesery Demo” at 6565 Fairway View Trail, Roanoke, VA 24018.

 Nov 16

7:00 PM

Annual Wood Auction and Elections

Don’t miss our club’s biggest fundraiser! Stock up on bowl blanks, pen blanks and all sorts of turning stock for 2018.

 Dec 8

6:00 PM

Christmas Dinner  (see Complete Event Details and Menu)

What: The Annual BRW Christmas Dinner and Chinese Auction
When: Friday, December 8, 2017. Begin gather at 6:00pm, Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, Chinese Auction begins after Dinner.

Where: Williamson Rd. Masonic Lodge, 3025 Pioneer Rd, Roanoke, VA

Cost: Adults – $15.00 each, your younger family members 19 years old or younger – $10.00 each.

See Complete Event Details and Menu.