Woodturner, Artist and Founder of Spiracraft
Bradley McCalister is a world-renowned craftsman and the founder of Spiracraft. Bradley loves to turn traditional teaching methods on their heads, and he brings his easy confidence and hard-won wisdom to all of the seminars he teaches. , and never holds back on the tips, tricks, and stories that make him so effective.
Bradley McCalister’s 2020 Seminars, 2021 Seminars TBA
Spark Your Turning Hobby - $25 Sponsored by Spiracraft
(Saturday 8:30am – 10:00am)
Bradley McCalister has spent over a decade with The Woodworking Shows teaching and demonstrating woodturning. In this quiet, pre-show seminar, he will share with you the fundamental woodturning techniques he has learned and developed. You will learn to quickly and efficiently start with green wood or dried, turning blanks to produce a dazzling array of turned wood in many shapes, sizes, and finishes. The seminar begins by providing you with the necessary safety precautions for woodturning, an introduction to the lathe, and how to select the best lathe for your needs. The selection and use of the proper tools and mounting techniques for your turning project will be explained and demonstrated in detail. Bradley will turn a piece throughout this seminar and send it home with a lucky attendee to complete with their spark. If you’re interested in getting a solid foundation to start your woodturning hobby, this is the seminar you do not want to miss.
Seminars included with general admission
Turning your first bowl Presented by local club members
(Friday 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
Learning bowl turning on the lathe is often the next step once you are comfortable turning small items such as pens and bottle stoppers. In this seminar, you will learn the fundamentals of making your fist bowl, including proper wood selection, blank mounting, and tool selection choices. There are few things in woodturning as rewarding as turning that first bowl. If you are fairly new to woodturning, this seminar is also a great way to connect with a local turning club in your area. Woodturning clubs are a wonderful means by which to learn and expand your turning skills.
Wood Stabilizing & Resin Casting Sponsored by Spiracraft
(Friday 2:30pm – 3:30pm)
Bradley McCalister will unlock the mystery of wood stabilizing and resin casting and share it with you. Learn to cast your turning blanks from a combination of resins and woods. The topics covered will include preparation for casting wood with resin and vacuum stabilization, molds for your castings, available resin options, and the addition of colorants. He will demonstrate removing air bubbles from your casting with the use of a pressure chamber or “pot” to ensure a perfect cast. This seminar is followed up on Saturday at 1:30 in “Turning stabilized wood and resin blanks.” Be sure to attend both seminars and head for your shop ready to cast and turn in fantastic resins!
Mini Hollow forms with mini hollowing tools Sponsored by Easy Wood Tools
(Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm)
This seminar will provide the hollow form turning techniques and methods that Bradley uses to create his unique and beautiful small hollow forms. Bradley will explain and demonstrate the methods used to produce a small, thin-wall hollow form using only mini hand-held hollowing tools. The demonstration will include the use of straight and various sizes of curved tools. Wood selection and design considerations will be discussed and demonstrated throughout the seminar.
Guest Regional Turner
(Saturday 11:30am – 12:30pm)
At each woodworking show, Bradley McCalister invites a guest turner from the area to share his stage. The guest turner demonstrates a project of their choice and learns what it is like to be on the stage, under the lights, and in front of the camera. The audience receives a wonderful, educational presentation and helps another turner to grow and expand their skills. Over the years, some of Bradley’s guest demonstrators have gained national exposure at subsequent turning events. Who knows, next year you could be up on the stage. Speak with Bradley at the show if you are interested in participating. You can find more information on the Guest Regional Turner program here. https://spiracraft.com/events/
Turning stabilized wood and resin blanks Sponsored by Easy Wood Tools
(Saturday 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
In this seminar, Bradley will get you up to speed on this exciting field in woodturning. Turning a combination of resin and wood can present its own unique set of challenges. Learn to use the tools and techniques that allow you to create fascinating pieces quickly and efficiently. This seminar is a follow up to “Wood Stabilizing & Resin Casting” presented at 2:30 on Friday. Be sure to attend both seminars and head for your shop, ready to turn in a fantastic hybrid fashion!
Master spindle turning with just one tool! Sponsored by Sorby Tools
(Saturday 3:30pm – 4:30pm)
Spindle turning is one of the core woodturning methods. Yet, it can be one of the most difficult to learn using a traditional skew or spindle gouge. In this seminar, Bradley McCalister will explain and demonstrate how to make planing cuts, beads, coves, and trim end grain and easily. If you are new to woodturning and want to quickly and easily begin to spindle turn be sure to mark this seminar on your weekend schedule
Turning your first bowl Presented by local club members
(Sunday 10:30am – 11:30am)
Learning bowl turning on the lathe is often the next step once you are comfortable turning small items such as pens and bottle stoppers. In this seminar, you will learn the fundamentals of making your fist bowl with proper wood selection, blank mounting, and tool selection choices. . There are few things in woodturning as rewarding as turning that first bowl. If you are fairly new to woodturning, this seminar is also a great way to connect with a local turning club in your area. Woodturning clubs are a wonderful means by which to learn and expand your turning skills.
Wood coloring & decorating with dyes, metallic effects paints, patinas, and airbrushing stencils Sponsored by Chroma-Craft
(Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
In this popular seminar, Bradley McCalister will demonstrate how to create vividly colored and decorated wood turnings. He explains and shows you the use of colored dyes, iridescent, and translucent paints. Bradley will teach you to bring a vibrant, colorful life and beautiful decorative effects to your work. He will demonstrate the use of the airbrush and stencils to add scenes with interest and dimension to the wood surface. This seminar includes one of the newest additions to coloring techniques of turned wood, smooth or textured aged metallic primers, and paints. If you like working with colors in your turned projects, be certain to spend this hour with Bradley.
Turning with Multi-Tip Tools Sponsored by Sorby Tools
(Sunday 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
The advent of multi-tip tools has brought endless possibilities to today’s woodturner. Join Bradley McCalister at this exciting new seminar and learn the in’s and out’s of these new tools. During the demonstration, he will show you the steps to create beads and coves on a spindle through to the turning of a small hollow form. All with one tool and a variety of unique cutting tips. If you desire to be a multi-faceted turner, this is a fantastic seminar for you to attend.