Alan Lacer Event

MAWT is pleased to present Alan Lacer as our 2024 special demonstrator.

For over 40 years, Alan Lacer has worked as a turner, teacher and writer. He is a past president of the American Association of Woodturners and his work has appeared in a number of regional and national exhibitions. He has published over 150 articles, columns and tips,and has produced five award-winning videos. In 1999 the American Association of Woodturners awarded him their Lifetime Honorary Member Award for his contributions to the field.

Alan will be with us on Saturday, Sunday and Monday on April 20, 21 and 22, 2024.

(Click the triangles at the left of the lines below for more information on each day)

Saturday, April 20 – Demonstration – 9:30 AM

Alan will be covering thoughts on sharpening, working with the skew, hollowing end-grain cleanly and efficiently and making a turned lidded box.  As time allows, he will make a basic hook tool as used for end-grain hollowing.

Sunday, April 21 – A DAY WITH THE SKEW – 9:00 AM*

A skew fundamentals hands-on class especially for those who have never used the skew or who are apprehensive about it. Class will cover tuning up the skew by refining the long corners, creating a functional edge shape and putting a nasty sharp edge on the tool. From there we’ll look at making the lathe “skew friendly” by tuning up the tool rest and driving with a ring drive (some call it a “safe driver”). Next, we’ll begin with some fundamental cuts (at least five). Alan will leave you with ways to practice and projects to make using only a skew.

What to bring: any and all skews you already possess. Alan prefers the non-oval skews and will have skews to sell (before, during or after the class) AND skews to loan for the class. Also, bring any diamond hones you may already possess. If purchasing skews or hones before the class please contact Alan for his suggestions: or 651 307 9059

“*” We will try to have the Woodcraft door unlocked for access by 9:00 AM these days.

Monday, April 22 – THE TURNED LIDDED BOX – 9:00 AM*

If you like a challenge take a turn at making the end-grain lidded box. Alan will cover wood selection, suggested dimensions, mounting techniques, methods for efficiently and cleanly hollowing end-grain. He will also discuss and show example of joint treatments—decoration at joint as well as different types of fits (loose, suction, snap and threaded).

Goal is to complete at least one end-grain lidded box. He will also give suggestions for finishes. Alan will also have a wide variety of examples to stimulate a passion for lidded boxes.

What to bring: basic between center tools such as a spindle roughing gouge, detail/spindle gouge, parting tool (standard and/or thin-kerf style) and a skew chisel. For hollowing techniques bring a ½ or ¾” wide scraper (5/16 or 3/8” thick is desirable) and any end-grain hollowing tools such as a hook or ring tool (such as the Oneway Termite).

“*” We will try to have the Woodcraft door unlocked for access at 9:00 AM for these days. 


Saturday Demonstration: club members – $40 / general public – $50 (includes lunch)
Sunday Hands-on: club members – $120/general public – $130 (includes lunch)
Monday Hands-on: club members – $120/general public – $130 (includes lunch)

NOTE: The  Sunday and Monday Hands-On sessions are limited to 10 attendees each – first come – first served.

NOTE: We are extending the Club Member price to any current member of an AAW chapter.


Club room (basement) of Woodcraft of Milwaukee, 14115 W Greenfield Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151


At a MAWT Meeting: Handing a check to George Wawrzyniak at a regular meeting will serve as your registration. You can mail a check to:

c/o Woodcraft
14115 W. Greenfield Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151


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Saturday Demo


(Non-Club Member $52.32)

Sunday Hands-on (Skew Training)


(Non Club Member – $135.21)

Monday Hands-on (Lidded Box)


(Non Club Member – $135.21)

If it is inconvenient to attend our regularly scheduled meeting, please use the form below to register. We need this information for an accurate count for lunch on the Saturday demo. You can register for the Saturday event on-line and pay at the door with check or cash. For the Sunday and Monday events, payment must confirm registration ASAP.

Online registrations – please register each person individually.