Rudolph Lopez began his relationship with wood over 40 years ago as a craftsman of
fine furniture and cabinetry. With an education in drafting and design and many years working as a
professional photographer, the transition into woodturning has been a seamless flow into another
always had a love of nature and the natural beauty and inspiration it provides, and with that came
my love of wood. I love everything about wood, rough or smooth it possesses a warm welcome
feel.Wood has an unlimited potential
for creativity but also flaws and faults, cracks, knots and other defects which sometimes makes it
difficult to work with….. this is my favorite kind of wood. I never cease to be amazed by the
incredible amount of beauty to be found in it as I create a new turning. My goal as an artistic
turner is to bring out this hidden beauty which God and nature has provided and enhance it to
create something that invites the eye and beckons the touch. I prefer simple shapes with sensuous
flowing lines that showcase and reflect the natural beauty of the wood, thus becoming something to
treasure for years to come”.
energetic easy-going personality and his ability to explain woodturning techniques in a simple
understandable manner has allowed Rudolph to share his skills and enthusiasm for woodturning along
with his love of wood through teaching and demonstrating at symposiums, clubs, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and John C.
Campbell Folk School as well as his studio in Tampa, Fl.
Demo titles and
Thin Stem Natural Edge Goblet from a
We will be turning a thin stem
natural edge goblet from a green limb approximately 1½” - 2”dia. I will show attendees the
simple techniques I use to easily turn a thin stem natural edge goblet from a green limb
using mostly a 1/2" or 5/8" side ground bowl gouge. I will explain limb selection, pith
orientation, different techniques used for stabilizing thin stems, the use and sharpening of
Negative Rake scrapers and drying to help avoid cracking.
Twice Turned Vase or Bowl with
Decorated Rim Detail from a Log
This is a somewhat challenging
project which requires everything from basic spindle work to good tool control on interrupted
We will turn a vase from a log
which is first turned long grain (spindle orientation) to put beads or cove decoration around
the log. The log will then be repositioned to side grain orientation to shape the vase or
bowl form. The bead/cove decoration now becomes a
rim detail around the rim of the vase.
Square to Round Bowls, Vases and
I will explain and demonstrate the process I use to
create a bowl or vase, which is square on top and tapers to round at the bottom. Starting with a
square or rectangular blank that has been prepared on a bandsaw to taper the sides, the remaining
exterior corners will be turned leaving the four tapered sidespreviously cut on the band saw. Then the interior of the
bowl or vase will be turned into the square top. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two
of the most important fundamentals of turning - sharp tools and good tool control will be