Lone Star Woodturners Association

LSWA's February 2012 Meeting

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our February 25, 2012 club meeting will be held at the home of Pete Allen, LSWA’s Vice President, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. Pete lives at 191 N. Tranquil Path in Grogan's Point in The Woodlands. Pete's phone number is 281-364-9765 in case you get lost, or need additional directions

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February 25 Meeting Agenda

8:30 - 8:55 a.m.Coffee, Snacks and Fellowship - Club Library will be open during fellowship period
8:55 - 9:00 a.m.Administrative Announcements & Visitor Welcome- Steve Russell
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.Member Show & Tell - Pete Allen
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.Break (Coffee and Refreshments will be available)
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noonCA Finishing of Resin Castings Demonstration with Special Guest Demonstrator - Alan Trout of San Antonio, Texas
12:00 noon - 12:05 p.m.Closing Announcements & Next Meeting Info - Steve Russell

Special February Demonstration
Alan Trout Returns
to Demonstrate CA Finishing of Resin Casting


Our February 25th club meeting will feature a very special guest demonstrator, Alan Trout of San Antonio, Texas. For those of you who attended last year’s SWAT symposium, you will no doubt recall seeing Alan’s stunning custom resin inlaid gallery pieces.

We are indeed fortunate to have Alan back at our February meeting where he will demonstrate how to apply CA finishes to resin castings.

Alan’s work can be found in the finest private wood art collections and galleries throughout the country. If you’re looking to take your work to the next level, you do not want to miss this renowned woodturner showing how he creates his resin inlaid woodturning masterpieces.

Our February meeting will feature an extended demonstration (2.5 hours), so Alan can cover all of the tips and techniques he uses to finish his custom blended and coloured resin blanks and inlays. More of Alan’s work can be seen below, along with a short mini-bio. Additional information can be found on his website.


Alan Trout Mini-Bio:

Alan Trout and his Tobin Hill Turning Studio reside in the historic Tobin Hill neighborhood on the north end of downtown San Antonio, Texas. It is an eclectic neighborhood with a growing art community that helps feed Alan's creativity. His works are wood turnings, but with a surprise element. Resins are cast into wood burls, root balls, and other found organic material to create what he likes to call "Syntho-Organic Forms". These techniques and style are unique to Alan's work and his pieces can be found in some of the finest private wood art collections and galleries in the country.

Coming from a machine tool background, wood turning was a natural way to express my artistic side. When I first saw a book of fine turned vessels, I knew turning was what I wanted to do. It took a couple of years before I could get a lathe and start on my journey into woodturning. Being self taught, I had to first gain enough tool skills to express what I saw in my mind, and with time, I have developed techniques advanced enough to express what I imagine.

My interest in art started in high school. We have all had those teachers that make a significant impact on our lives, and my art teacher was one of those. She was a very nurturing teacher and was your friend and mentor but still able to keep you in line. She taught us the basics of proportion and color, but let us experiment in different media and explore our interests. She lead many of her students to several scholastic art awards, and is involved in many of her former student's lives. She has always been a huge influence on how I approach my work and I am honored to call her a friend.

I really enjoy looking at what other artists and turners do, and I learn from all of them. What influences my work more than anything is my daily environment. My family, the places I go, the things I see, my childhood-all have a significant impact on the work I produce. Something as simple as the shape of a piece of fine crystal or the organic shapes I see along a nature trail have an impact on my creative process.

I tend to use simple, flowing lines in my "Syntho-Organic" pieces. The visual textures created by the blend of the colored resin and organic materials are striking on their own and, in my opinion, are best when incorporated into simple forms with good proportions. I pour a little piece of myself into everything that I make. Nothing makes me happier than when others get enjoyment out of what I create.

Invite your woodturning friends: Please invite any of your woodturning friends who you think may be interested in joining our club. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Steve) at 713-826-0046 cell. . I will look forward to seeing you all at Pete’s studio. Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell
LSWA President

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