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#55 Other wood work: David Belser at Midwest Carvers Museum and Workshop

Wood turning Demo
David Belser

d belser radial basket

Turning an open lattice bowl.
Saturday Feb 19th
9am to 1pm
Demo Cost $20
Sponsored by the Illiana Woodturners the AAW newest Chapter
on the grounds of
Midwest Carvers Museum
16236 S. Vincennes Rd
South Holland, IL 60473
Info : Contact Tom Waicekauskas 630-248-0242

radial basket close up



David Belser is a professional turner from New Hampshire, President of the Granite State Woodturners. He was featured at the AAW 2010 Hartford Symposium as a Emerging Artist Demonstrator. He participated in a local exhibit at the Vail Gallery in Chicago for Nov 2010. David will be in for the Lubeznik Gallery opening on Feb 18th for the exhibit “Through the Woods, Around the Block”. A number of his turn-ing have appeared in the AAW Magazine over the last several years. You will witness a very unique style and concept of wood turning.

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Come join us and see our grounds and workshop.


“How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!” Proverbs 16:16


#38 Other interesting places

I like working with my hands, as you might have noticed.  I also enjoy creativity.  This does not have to be my own work, the creativity of others is attractive.  I know many very creative people who do wonderful work.  Their work is in wood, fiber, with pen or a computer.  Here are four sites you might check out sometime.  If you have others, please let me know and I will post them as well.

The first artist is Aaron Viles.  His turned bowls and pens are elegant.

The second “artist” is Mel Jongsma.  She did not do the drawings, she writes and the drawings go along with her stories.

The third artist is Jane Compeau.  Jane displays  a lot of interesting fabric, fiber work in addition to her own.

The forth artist is Rick Klompmaker, my older brother, who makes some truly eye catching boxes and canoe paddles.  Only the boxes are sampled here.

I hope you will find the time to check out the work which I am only able to sample here., 2, 3

Lifelines, Christmas story retold, Christmas story

Lifelines, Christmas story in black and white 1

worldembroideries 2 box 2 box 2 box 3

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  Colossians 3:23

#37 Wood carving: The Wood Working Show, Schaumburg, IL

Amazing fret work, 10′ x 5′

Had a great day today at the Wood Working Show(post #26).  My brother Rick and his son-in-law Aaron came down from Michigan to enjoy the show with me.

End tables with intarsia work beneath.

Managed to clear Dunkin Donuts by 8:10 and made the parking lot by 10 o’clock.

Close up of the intrasia work.

The first  thing I learned at the beginning of the day was to check on-line for coupons.  Aaron had coupons good for reduction in entry fees and for give-away items in the show.  The Schaumburg Center was a nice venue, easy access and plenty of  well lit space.

A box of boxes made out of many exotic woods.

The first treat of the day was the “Show Off” section on the way into the show.  Most of the pictures included in this post come from this section.  As you can see, the work was absolutely spectacular.  The fret work, the rocking chair, the intarsia tables, and the wood sample wooden boxes were truly eye pleasing and well done.  The work displayed made me want to turn right around and head for my work room.

The box of boxes, cool cover.

The show itself was filled with great tools, ideas, demonstrations, and conversation.  We spent a lot of time at the “Wood Miser” portable saw mill.  Too bad computers can’t emit smells while you read.  The smell of fresh cut oak is energizing. I learned that one should cut lumber 1 and 1/8th inches thick to allow for shrinkage and planing.

We also spent a lot of time at the wood shop set up by Cook Mills.  I will show you some of the cool woods they had for sale in a later post.  I am surprised that at least one of us didn’t come home with wood in hand.  I think my wife was too.  I learned about a wood called “Snakewood.”  It comes from Suriname.

Walnut rocker with beautiful accent wood.

We had a great time talking to Al Carter(well known turner) and other wood turners.  The wisdom and the skill packed into some folks takes your breath away.  There are always new ideas and techniques one can glean from conversations with those who practice the art of wood working.  I learned there are gouges with replaceable tips.

Chest for drawers, ebony and maple.

It was great fun to listen in on all the different demonstrations.  The new tools and new products were fascinating.  One tip came from a band saw demonstration.  There is a unit to place on your band saw which allows for less binding of the blade because the roller wheel has been place face on to the blade instead of sideways.  Hoping to make this work for me.

A successful outing.  Now to put some of the ideas and toys into use.  A great day and great company.

“He (God) does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the

Gorgeous intarsia work on oak end table.

peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”  Daniel 4:35b

#26 The Wood Working Shows

December 10, 11, 12

Renaissance Schaumburg
Hotel & Convention Center

Exploration & Discovery Halls
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL  60173

This is just a heads-up on something happening in my neck of the woods.  It is The Wood Working Shows coming to Chicago.  Maybe you would want to check it out.

I am making plans to attend this show.   The show is filled with new tools, gadgets and ideas.  Also,there are wood sales going on that are worth a look.  One part of the event I plan to enjoy are the on-going demonstrations.


Two that most interest me are the wood turning and the inlay sessions.  The wood turning goes on all day.  I have been amazed at the beauty of a sharp tool, sound wood, powerful machine and a good idea all combining to create a turned piece right before my eyes.

The inlay sessions are on a schedule, so if you want to see them go to the home page, click on “Education” and find the “Inlay” panel.  There you will find the schedule.  Hope you have a chance to

find your way to the show.

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.  Proverbs 18:12