MCW Feb. '15 Program
Feb 15, 2015Public
Photo: Program Chair Tim Aley introduces our demonstrator for the evening, Margaret Lospinuso, and shows a picture of one of Margaret's traditional works -- a bark-edge bowl (upper left) from the book "500 Wood Bowls".
Photo: Margaret Lospinuso introduces her program for the evening by telling us how she wanted to stretch from the traditional -- to add color and texture and to create new forms.
Photo: Margaret experimented on scraps and imperfect bowls.  But, wait, isn't that her collection of spheres (dare one say "bowl of balls"?) that won Best of Show at Montpelier last year?  A perfect experiment!
Photo: She took a class from the famed carver Dixie Biggs and created this "sampler".
Photo: This is her third coloring of this platter rim, and she is still not sure she likes it.  Looks very good to me!
Photo: Remember, the last color added will be the color of the grooves.
Photo: This bowl is very successful with it's texture lines and milk paint.
Photo: She began with this walnut bowl that had been sitting around the kitchen for years.
Photo: She experimented with several colors and different textures, so far without a pleasing outcome. Unfortunately, it was a bowl her husband, Lou, liked as was...
Photo: ...but the good news is that there is still just enough wood to turn off the colors and textures and try again.  Lou has confidence in her.
Photo: When Margaret and Lou were in Europe recently, they ran across some turned craft pieces in the stores.  Things like these choristers grabbed her imagination. (ML photo)
Photo: This Santa drummer is a very imaginative project. (ML photo)
Photo: And a chopper Santa?  Get it on!! (ML photo)
Photo: Turned "occupation" dolls with European style and class.  How can you not want to make some of these? (ML photo)
Photo: Margaret decided to try some "critters" and ended up first trying sheep. Here's her basic design, arrived at after some experimentation.  There are a number of subtle things going on here with sizes, angles, etc.  The ears are turned and cut separately.
Photo: This one got colored argyle!
Photo: Gary Guenther told me all demonstrators must make some shavings, so here I go.  I am going to make a sheep's body.
Photo: What, you can't see the shavings?
Photo: This started life as a candle holder that didn't make the grade.  So now it's in a sheep demo.  Hey, it's not sacred.  It's wood.  It grows on trees!  Have fun with it.
Photo: Add one color.  And you thought the wool was dyed after sheering.
Photo: Adding the third color.  Just plain markers.
Photo: Since I could not get a volunteer to catch my sheep's body, I decide to saw through the last nub.
Photo: See, I can sand the nub off without needing a first aid kit.
Photo: Here's a body.  Note the purposefully ragged, fleece-like cuts.