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Here we will periodically post testimonies of folks that have been blessed by OVWG people, programs, facilities.

Hey folks, Tom Dresch seems to be the only member that has anything good to say about their club experience. Let's get some other folks on this page.


On 6/23/2017 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Open Shop experience.

Dave Kratzer, Tom Dresch, Mike Pankion, Jo Ballman

Went to open shop today with Dave Kratzer and Mike Pankion and learned how to deal with a slightly nasty piece of Walnut to turn a nice bowl (piece of art). Dave’s hints on using thin CA on “punky” wood and “holy wood” was a great tip for me.

Mike worked with new member Jo Ballman on turning a bowl. John Richey was also there making lots of shavings and he was kind enough to take the picture attached. Also had lunch with these fine gentleman and enjoyed myself. Great bunch of guys.


Tom dresch


“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon

On May 16, 2017 the following email was received by Dave Kratzer, OVWG, webmaster & Jerry Warner, OVWG President

Dear Jerry and Dave,


On behalf of the American Association of Woodturners, I am very pleased to tell you that the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild has been awarded second place in the contest for Best Chapter website. The judges said, “the Ohio Valley site has character and is loaded with fresh and beneficial content."


All the winners will be listed in the June issue of American Woodturner, and the winners will be announced during the banquet at the Kansas City Symposium.


The time and attention to detail that you have devoted to the website are well worth the effort and represent a significant benefit for your members. Congratulations on a job well done.




David Heim

Chair, AAW Communications Committee

Dave Kratzer adds this comment:
I am very proud of our website but the website is a collaborative effort. I could not do it all myself.


That is the beauty of the Club Express software. The webmaster is able to delegate various sections and pages to different people. I coordinate and manage. KC Kendall, Jerry Warner, John Albachten, John Jackobs, Steve Shanesy, Mike Wolfram and others deserve credit for helping make a great website. Please give them credit too.



On 2/17/2017 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Open Shop experience.

So I did another Open Shop. This was a follow up to the Saturday demonstrations of natural edge plates and wood coloring. As you can see in the attached photo I turned a small platter from the “throw away” part of the tree and then burned a toad onto it and Nancy helped me in coloring it. I call it Thomas Toad III. Now I need to add Lacquer and micro sand to finish. Nancy and Johnny are really great at explaining the steps and what supplies you need to get the job done. Johnny also helped me with why I was always having trouble making longer finials (I do have one in my hand we did together) by showing me a few tricks. One was a KC trick – stop draw what you want then turn.


Johnny and Nancy are really great folks for new turner’s to learn many things. Every time I leave them I feel like I have acquired 2 new skills (at least).


Can’t say enough for the Open Shop and wish more folks would take advantage.

Will post finished product after lacquered.


Tom Dresch

On 2/4/2017 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Open Shop experience.

Tom Dresch & KC Kendall

Went to open shop today with the intent to work on shape of some green turned Ash. KC Kendall hosted and I am excited with his tutoring to take the two pieces I brought and create a nice bowl (8") with a top.

Although not quite done the help was invaluable. In addition KC helped introduce a teen to turning and Ron Hansen was on hand to help a new turner with a natural edge bowl.


Overall a great morning with a few other folks.


Keep up the great work!


Tom dresch

On 10/19/2016 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Hands On class experience.

Jimmy Clewes & Tom Dresch

I did the one day Sunday Class with Jimmy Clewes and it was well worth the $100.00. Jimmy used his projects to clearly demonstrate new (to me) turning techniques and refinement of things I was doing. Truly enjoyable chap who took lots of time with each of us sharing his  knowledge. Also has great stories to break up the day. Attached is a photo with the winged box I made in the class.


Keep up the great work of bringing these folks to the OVWG.


tom dresch

On 9/19/2016 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Open Shop experience.
Tom Dresch & Dave Kratzer
Tom Dresch & Dave Kratzer



I went to open shop hosted by Dave Kratzer to learn his bowl finishing techniques. He is a fountain of information and took some time to critique some pieces I turned. His feedback was helpful and his suggestions to fix some of the flaws will help my skill level. I attached a reluctant pic with Dave and a bowl I buffed at the open shop. His buffing tips and advice on other needed equipment to do buffing I have already applied (bought) to allow me to do larger bowls. 


On 7/27/2016 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Open Shop experience.


Tom Dresch & Ed Bowman

Ed, [Bowman]

Thanks for all your help last night at the Open Shop. You have added to my skill level and I enjoyed the time with you.


KC/Dave, [Kendall, Kratzer]

Attached is a photo of Ed and I with a bowl that Ed helped me get final turned with his technique that will allow me to start sanding with 180 paper instead of the 100 I have had to use before.


Open Shop is really a great thing for Turner's to learn new techniques and increase their skills.


Glad I am a OVWG member.


tom dresch


On 7/07/2016 the following was submitted by Tom Dresch after a successful Open Shop experience.



Mike Pankion & Tom Dresch


Dave and KC,


Attended the Open Shop this AM and worked with Mike Pankion on his method of finishing bowls. I again learned a lot in a fun and rewarding environment.  Attached is a picture of the Mike, myself and the bowl we finished.  I will use this as my first wood turner's show piece.


Again Open Shop is a great thing that all members should be taking advantage of.


tom dresch

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