Mid-Missouri Woodturners

Learn to Turn



Thursday July 18th at Rich Hoeppner’s shop at 6:00 pm.
Bring your small lathes (if possible), tools, blanks and safety glasses for a fun evening. Please invite folks wanting to learn more about wood turning. Rich’s shop has A/C.

Rich’s address is:
801 W Covered Bridge Rd
Columbia, MO 65203

NEXT MEETING: Sunday July 21st at 1:30 pm.  We will meet at Tom Stauder’s house (air conditioning). Please bring your “Show-n-tell” items to share with everyone. Bring your safety glasses and a chair to sit on. Rich Hoeppner will show us how to turn a green bowl with an enclosed top to minimize warping.

Tom’s address is:
4779 E Turkey Trail Dr
Columbia MO 65201-3107

DUES:  2024-25 due in June: $25 for turners, $20 for woodworkers or $35 for both clubs.

2024 Ornament Challenge hosted by www.AsWoodTurns.com

  1. Create your ornament(s).  (any Media or Craft)
  2. Submit a picture with your info.  (November)
  3. Receive Sponsor Bonus Discounts.  (All)

Plus:  Grand Prizes (Best Overall), Club Demos (Most Club Participants)

Details at:  www.OrnamentChallenge.com

Video still available to view free:

Kirk DeHeer did a nice introduction to woodturning with gouges, topics included holding wood on the lathe, gouges and when/where/how to use them including sharpening, safety, and many useful tips.  The YouTube recording of his presentation may still be viewed at: 

https://youtu.be/nfEnoxeB_Mw      Please review this informative instructive video on spindle turning, hollowing and bowl turning.

What We Do

Regular club meetings, featuring a demonstration, show-n-tell, attendance raffles and shop talk are held on the third Sunday of each month.  Additionally, hands-on turning sessions are scheduled whenever possible.

Live Demonstrations

At our monthly meetings, we see live sessions on particular techniques and projects, delivered by an experienced turner. Several times a year we invite a nationally known turner to provide the demos.


Members are encouraged to bring their latest projects to the monthly meetings and describe what they’ve been working on. Sometimes this is to get help from the group on a problem; many times it provides inspiration and oohs and aahs.

Hands-On Turning

Scheduled throughout the year include hands-on turning sessions at a friend-of-the-club location, equipped with several midi-lathes, to introduce newer turners to the activity and provide practical guidance from seasoned turners.

Shop Talk

Our in-person meetings always include helpful discussion from all experience levels. This could include topics like wood sources and identification, turning techniques, tools and sharpening and our favorite jigs.