Betty Scarpino’s woodturning career began with taking woodworking classes
at the University of Missouri, where she earned her degree in industrial arts. After
graduating, she focused on woodturning, joined the AAW, and by the mid 1990s, began to
demonstrate and teach. Cutting apart turned forms and carving, painting, and texturing on
woodturnings describe her work today.
Betty was editor-in-chief
Woodturner from 2009-2014. After returning to
full-time making, she kickstarted her career by participating as an invited artist in a carving
competition in Dongyang, China. In 2016, she was the photojournalist for the eight-week Windgate
International Turning Exchange Residency in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Center for Art in
More than two dozen
museums have Betty’s work in their permanent collection and her turned-and-carved sculptures
can be found in major private collections. She also teaches, demonstrates, and writes
articles on woodturning-related topics.
Demo titles and descriptions
Turn! Cut! Carve!
Turn a disc, cut it
apart, and voila! a candleholder. Or, perhaps this turned form will become the basis for a
sculpture. We are all enamored of turned forms, but why not dig deeper? Carve into discs, pods, and
spindles! Cut them apart! After turning a disc and a pod, I will demonstrate how to safely bandsaw
them apart using a sacrifice-jig. Then on to carving … rotary or reciprocating? Learn the basics of
and reason for each method.
From Brown to
Blue: Embellishing Wood
Perhaps painting over
woodgrain is too drastic for your woodgrain-loving tastes? The path to paint, though, begins subtly
with bleaching, dying, and texturing. With knowledge of a few simple techniques, you can begin
personalizing your own turned bowls, boxes, and platters. The next thing you know, you’ve grabbed a
paintbrush and obliterated woodgrain. Let the fun begin!
A Journey: From
Bowls to Sculpture
Missteps, points of
departure, and design ideas – embraced or discarded – are revealed in this PowerPoint presentation
and discussion. Specially selected images will illustrate how my work has evolved over the past 40
years. Included will be discussions of design considerations and reasons for points of departure.
Popcorn and Raisinettes are optional, but if you bring them, please share.