Calendar

Sep
28
Sat
Hand Tools Overview @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will identify a variety of hand tools, their names, and how they are used.  It will include measuring and layout tools, cutting tools, and slicing/smoothing tools.  We will also discuss how to choose the ones that will work best for you.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Woodturning Class with Greg Gallegos @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greg’s Biography:
My Name is Greg Gallegos. I have been artistically inclined since I was very young. I was heavily into wood shop in high school. I first fell in love with the lathe there. It took me another ten years after high school to be able to purchase a lathe.
After years of properly learning the craft and practicing the skills, I felt I was ready to start selling, I started with the local craft and art markets, which lead to several large national shows.
These days, I have settled into a fairly normal routine of being spontaneously creative at times and then prodigiously productive at other times. Trying to find a happy medium…not likely to happen but…I love wood with a passion which keeps me wondering what the next piece of wood I cut into will show me. I try not to limit myself to a particular set of skills. I have turned just about everything there is to turn. I love them all. Hollow forms, natural edge bowls, functional tableware bowls in production runs, whimsical pieces, and decorative carving as well. I do gravitate towards working with green wood to completion. I really feel that it gives the wood its most simplistic forms and keeps the organic quality of the wood intact.
Class Description:
This class is for those woodturners that have already learned the basic skills of woodturning.
Greg will start off the class demonstrating the process for making these podlets. (See the above picture of the podlet.) You should have enough time to make two podlets in class, as Greg works with the class to provide one-on-one assistance throughout the process.
For Greg’s class, you can sign up for either one of the classes or both of the classes. Both classes will be the same, but if you would like extra training time with Greg and personal practice time, consider attending both days!
Class Fees: One class – $250.00; Both Classes – $425.00
Material Fees: $20.00 per class
This is a non-refundable, “pre-paid” class to hold your position for the event.
These individual one day classes will be held at the new Bull Valley Hardwood woodturning classroom facility – September 7th & 28th, 2019
Facility Location: 18014 Collins Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
Oct
5
Sat
Power Tools @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will identify the major woodworking machines and hand tools.  We will describe the purpose of them, identify the major parts and how they work.  We will talk about specific safety for each machine and tool and show how to set them up for use.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Oct
19
Sat
Cutting Boards (This class is for women only!) @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will discuss a variety of materials to use to make cutting boards.  We will show you different styles and then demonstrate how they can be made based on the tools that you may have.  If you don’t have a background in tools, you may want to attend the Hand Tools and/or Power Tools sessions before attending this class.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Oct
28
Mon
Woodturning Class with Keith Gotschall @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for this great woodturning class featuring Keith Gotschall, out of Salida, Colorado.
Keith was the artist featured in a Discovery channel show hosted by Lynette Jennings. (episode 142) He has also been a featured demonstrator at the prestigious BYU Woodturning Symposium in Provo Utah in 2002 and 2008. A featured demonstrator for the 2005 AAW symposium in Kansas , Portland Oregon in 2007 , Hartford CT in 2010, Tampa FL in 2013, Again in Portland in 2018. He was also asked to present for the impressive Australian symposium in 2018.
This instructor has a very large following, with people typically traveling from out of state to attend his teaching events, so don’t delay in registering for this class.
This class is limited to eight students. Each student will have their own Laguna 18|36 Lathe and set of Robert Sorby tools to use, although you are welcome to bring your own tools!
Call: 815.701.9400 and press “1” to reserve your seat.
Keith’s Biography:
Keith grew up in the Chicago area, but made Colorado his home in 1981. Living in Boulder, he took advantage of all the outdoor activities available. Rock climbing in particular became a passion of his. That pursuit took him to many of the climbing areas of the US and various international destinations as well. To fund these adventures Keith followed another lifelong passion of his, woodworking. Starting in a factory on the night shift, making “butcher block” furniture, he quickly rose through the ranks. He made his way through various cabinet shops, ending with a designer making very eclectic furniture. In 1989 he struck out on his own, developing his own clientele and designs under the name K2 Woodworks. Keith still takes on the occasional furniture commission. 1998 saw his change in focus from furniture to woodturning. Keith worked the craft show circuit as well as making for wholesale accounts. Moving from Boulder to the small town of Salida Colorado precipitated another change in life for Keith, as it was there that he met his wife Catherine. 18 months living in England was followed by a return to Salida. Keith now fills his workdays with production architectural turning, furniture, teaching and demonstrations, as well as any old weird job that comes in. For fun he is still exploring Colorado, often on his dual sport motorbike.
Keith took classes from notable masters early in his turning career, and remembers that excitement of exploration. In his classes and demonstrations Keith brings that same level of enthusiasm for learning and joy of sharing to his students.
With his background in fine art, and a love of the truly utilitarian, Keith’s work can be noted for it’s clean lines, smooth curves and tight detail. Sometimes whimsical, often classical, Keith enjoys working in a broad oeuvre and is hard to pigeonhole.
Class Description:
Technique is the main emphasis in this week long class. Are you a beginner or worried that your bad habits are holding you back? Take a class and avoid mistakes that everyone seems to share. Starting at the beginning and progressing through to more advanced techniques, Keith will bring you along step by step. Unfortunately, many turners jump right into the thick of it and pass by the beginning fundamentals that make up the basis of all good woodturning technique. The projects will be a continuation of practice pieces where a refinement of woodturning cuts will be explored. Are you having problems with the quality of your cuts, sanding too much, mushy details? Come take a class with this recognized turner and teacher, and fine tune your turning skills.
This 5-day class will feature a variety of skills, from the basic spindle turning with beads and coves to Egg Shapes and a Three Leg Stool – with many twists and turns in between!.
A rough outline of projects that will be the focus of the work throughout the week:
Bead and cove stick – Spindle turning. You will practice large bead and cove cuts (this piece becomes a jamb chuck for the egg)
Egg
Shop Mallet
Platters
3 bowls, green turned, shallow-deeper-natural edge (Walnut Natural Edge!)
Suction Fit Lidded Box
Lidded Bowl
Secret Salt Shaker
Small 3 Leg Stool
As you can see, quite a variety of projects and skills!
Keith’s class is a 5-Day class – October 28th – November 1st
Class Fees: $925.00
Material Fees: $100.00
This is a non-refundable, “pre-paid” class to hold your position for the event.
This class will be held at the new Bull Valley Hardwood woodturning classroom facility – October 28th – November 1st, 2019
Facility Location: 18014 Collins Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
Nov
2
Sat
Hand Planes @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will show you the different types of hand planes that are available.  We will describe the parts, how to set them up, how to use them, and how to sharpen them.  You will know which ones would be best for you, for the job you are going to use them for and we will let you know which ones would be best to purchase and where to find them.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Nov
16
Sat
Chisels @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will show you different types of chisels and the sizes that are available.  We will discuss and show how to use them and what you may use them on.  Sharpening will also be demonstrated.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Nov
30
Sat
Tool Sharpening @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This session follows up on the HAND TOOLS and POWER TOOLS sessions where we will discuss how to maintain and sharpen them.  We will discuss how to clean off such things as table saw blades and demonstrate how to sharpen a variety of tools such as scrapers, chisels, plane irons, and saws.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Dec
14
Sat
Basic Joinery @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will discuss prepping your wood, various glues to use, and selecting the wood joints that would work best for your project.  We will discuss and demonstrate edge joints, butt joints, dado/groove joints, rabbet joints, and miter joints.  These joints can be made with hand tools and power tools.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.

Jan
11
Sat
Advanced Joinery @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will have a brief overview of the Basic Joinery session and then discuss and demonstrate a variety of the 3 more advanced joints which include lap joints, mortise-and-tenon joints, and dovetail joints.  These joints can be made with hand tools and power tools.  Based on equipment available, we can demonstrate how to make them with hand or power tools.

The fee for this class is:  $35.00

This is a non-refundable fee, to hold your seat in the class.