April 26, 2016

May 3, 2016 Tuesday Evening: Fratal Lichtenberg Figures on Wood

Hey there Woodturners.  This month's meeting will be on Tuesday evening, May 3 at 6:30 PM.  We'll meet at Hunter House (13428 Providence Road) in Weddington (if using a GPS enter the town name as Matthews).  

This month our featured demonstrator - direct from his Winter hiatus in sunny, warm Sarasota, Florida - is Moe Gingerich.  Moe will show us how to decorate turnings using E-L-E-C-T-R-I-C-I-T-Y!  The technique Moe will use is called Lichtenberg Figures or Lichtenberg Fractals.  In a nut shell, attaching probes to a piece of wood and applying an electric charge produces a series of branch-like figures on the surface of the wood.  See the attached photos for examples.  This demo should be one of the more interesting demos of the year so far.

Come early to the meeting to share your turning stories with fellow turners and have a cup-o'-Joe or a soft drink.

We'll be holding the raffle as usual.  Tickets are $1.00 each or five for $6.00.  Bring unwanted tools or wood to put on the raffle table and earn an extra raffle ticket for each item you donate.  After the raffle, we'll hold the Turner of the Month drawing.  As a reminder, the Turner of the Month is the person who won the TotM drawing the previous month.  If you win the current drawing, all you need to do is turn a small object of your choice and place in the box for the following month's drawing.

Additionally, Rick Erexson is going to auction off a Delta Radial Arm saw.  Bidding will likely be via email and will include Waxhaw Woodturners, Souther Piedmont Woodturners and Charlotte Woodworkers.  Profits from the sale will be split between WWT and SPW.  Many thanks to Rick for this.  Rick will provide more details at the meeting -- won't you Rick 😉.

And don't forget to bring your latest turnings to share with everyone during the Show-N-Tell portion of the meeting.

We have an upcoming turning event as well this month.  On Saturday, May 7 we will be turning small items, e.g., tops, boxes and honey dippers, for sale to help raise a few bucks for the club.  We'll be at Hunter Farms (next to our meeting location) helping to celebrate the opening of Hunter Farm's strawberry picking season.  We would really like to have as many Waxhaw Woodturners present as possible whether your turning or not.  Bring some of your turnings to sell to the attendees - remember the next day is Mothers' Day so a lot of folks will be looking to those last minute, hard-to-find, unique, hand-made items for Mom.  More details will be available at the meeting and in an upcoming reminder email.

We are still seeking demonstrators for the months of July through December.  Please share your talents with your fellow turners.  If you are interested, please let Moe or me know.  If you know of someone outside our club who I is interested in doing a demo, please let us know as well.

And speaking of December, it is not too early to start thinking about becoming an officer or board member of WWT.  Elections will be held at the end of the year for 2017 and will include the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and board member(s).  If you forget about this during the upcoming months, fear not.  We'll be sending our periodic reminders and talking about this in the upcoming meetings.

I hope to see y'all at the meeting on the 3rd.



March 14, 2016

Threading! Made Simple: Bruce Lacy plus John Walsh- Duelling Jigs April 5

   Threading! Made Simple: Bruce Lacy plus John Walsh-  Duelling Jigs
  How often we have wanted to make a nice thread that works. We can chase them by hand and get frustrated when it just doesn't seem to slide as we like. Or get something fancy that seems too expensive. Or come to this demo!

  How and Why will all be answered by the Duelling Jig Demo Team on April 5, 2016  Come out to learn all you need to know. Each one has promised you will be able to thread your wood boxes properly or it won't cost a bit.

  Where: The Hunter House
              13428 providence Road

  Starts at 6:30, come early for a Cuppa (it's free!), some good woodturning friends, more knowledge that your can recall, and a good WWT Raffle.  Bring a nice piece of wood or a tool you no longer use to share with someone that needs it so bad they can taste it!

  Bring that nice piece you made to show to others. Yes! We want to see your expertise or your very first turned item. Come and get inspired with new ideas and tips from others.  We are all helpful folks that love to share.

  Parking is still free. Tips are available for whomever attends -no kidding.

 May2016 Woodturner of the Month:  Les Stewart 
  Be sure to congratulate him and check out his pieces.

  Come and watch the chips fly!  Encourage a new turner-that's what it's all about.


February 27, 2016

March Demo by Sir Walter:: Coloring Wood, March 1,2016

   The March demo is going to be by Walt Hazelrigg who will show us turning then colourizing a bowl.  Walt was the Turner of the Month at Concord in January and our Fearless Leader Sir John Walsh was fortunate enough to win the turned and dyed bowl he made.  Here are some photos of the bowl Sire Walter made.  

  Sir Walter is usings a number of creative application along with Mrs. Sir Walter. Sure do Hope Kathy comes along and contributes. She is what makes Walter tick!
   Now a fair warning is in approriate here: You may get hit with creative ideas if you come to this unique demonstration.  When exposed to artistic endeavors you may be at risk of getting bit by the bug.
  At least you can rest assured that it is not detrimental to your health even if it could be come a terminal conditon.  For sure, woodturning is a terminal problem for me. I will need to be involved in this creative outlet for the rest of my life!!
It is a good condition to have giving great staisfaction to all who are bitten.

Come bringing a nice piece of wood you don't need, or an extra tool to put on the raffle that you haven't used in 6 months. Someone else is just 'itchen'
 to have that device and will almost kill for it. 

Arrive a bit early for a Cuppa, and some sharing and camaraderie.

Submitted my Moses

January 24, 2016

Tooters: February 2 by Jack Reyome

"Hey, Donald!"  "Yo, Daffy!"  "Psst, Howard."  
  Well there is more than one way to call ducks and on Tuesday,
 February 2 Jack Reyome will be showing us how he makes duck calls.
                              The Handiwork of Jack Reyome
                             See what you Missed!
 The meeting will start at 6:30 PM, but please come early to enjoy chatting
with other turners and have a soft drink or cup of coffee before the meeting 
gets under way. 
 We'll be holding the raffle once again.  If you have anything turning 
related you'd like to donate to the raffle (spare tools, wood, a new 
lathe you don't know what to do with), please bring it with you and we'll
 add it to the table.

  So, what have you been working on lately?  Bring a few of your latest
turnings to share with the rest of us.  We'd love to hear what they're
made from and how you turned them.

  Shirts or hats you ordered in December and did not yet pick it/them up
 are ready. I'll have them for you at the meeting.  If you want to order
a shirt (denim long or short sleeve or polo) or a hat (yellow or khaki) 
with the Waxhaw Woodturners logo, I'll be taking orders. 
  Shirts are $20.00 each ($2.00 extra to have your name embroidered on
  the denim shirts; $3.00 extra for sizes above 2XXL).
      Hats are $7.00 each.

  I'll be bringing a sign-up sheet for demos for the rest of the year. 
Right now we're good through March (and maybe April) but we'll need 
volunteers to cover the rest of the year. Don't be shy, show us what
you are good at.
  Space must have been limited-just enough for one seat!!!!
                               (shoulda been there)
 Starting February 19th and continuing for the next four Fridays 
from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, we will be teaching middle school students
from Omni Montessori School -the Basics of Woodturning. We be using
the facilities at Hunter House and the mini-lathes the the club owns.
 We have a few primary instructors,but we could use a few more as 
well as assistants to help the students at the minis.
 Please check you calendars.  I'll also have a sign-up sheet at the
meeting for this event.

 See you on the 2nd.
John Walsh, President 
Waxhaw Woodturners 

December 28, 2015

January 5,2016 Jerry Measimer and Custom Bangles

Hello Waxhaw Woodturners!

   Well, we made it through another year and are well on our way to forming a plan for 2016.  The biggest news is our new facility.  We will be using the sun-room in Hunter House at 13428 Providence Road, Weddington as our new meeting place.  We have undertaken a project to add access stairs, insulation, drywall and paint.  The room was outfitted with custom electrical (all to code of course) and we’ll be moving in our new Powermatic lathe (donated by Charlotte Woodturners) tomorrow.  For those who have the time, we could use a hand loading and unloading the lathe.  We’ll meet at CWT’s former meeting place at Jackson Park Ministries (4001 Sentry Park Rd) near the airport at 10:00 AM.

   Directions to Hunter House A sign (WWT Meets Here) will be in the front yard between the two driveways on meeting days.  If coming from the north, take I-485 Exit 57 (Providence Road) and travel approximately 2 1/4 miles to Hunter House on the right side of the road.  If you are coming from the south on Providence Road, take the third left after the intersection of Providence Road and Weddington Road/HWY 84 (a U-Turn lane) and proceed to the driveways.     Park where you can but please don’t block the driveways.  On the left side of the house you’ll see a mulch pathway which you will take to the rear of the building then up the steps.

  We will start our meeting at 6:30 PM.  Come early to share your turning stories with other members and enjoy a snack or two.  

  Our demonstrator this month is Jerry Measimer who will show us the ins and outs of making beautiful bangles with inlays.  See the photo below for a sample of Jerry’s bangles.
  That will certainly impress the Ladies!

  Don't forget to come early for some Coffee! It might be blooming cold by then.
  The Raffle might have that special tool, or the wood you have been looking for, and since the venue is new, you will want to have a few minutes to get acquainted to everything and everyone.

  See you there with chips flying.


November 24, 2015

Dec 1, 2015 - WOVEN WOOD TECHNIQUES - Bruce Lacy

Bruce Lacy will be doing a demo of woven wood techniques.

Now what, pray tell is a woven wood technique? Will you have an interest in the impossible made possible? Well, you better believe it!
Check out this vessel made by our famous, Bruce Lacy!
December 1, Tuesday evening at:
  • 6:00 for coffee
  • 6:30 Business Meeting
  • Demo-The Unbelievable/Impossible Raffle
Now Believe IT!

Don't forget to bring a friend. He or she won't believe it either! Bring your spouse. She/he might believe it even if you don't! Steele Road is the place to be. Free famous coffee by Joan.

Don't forget to check out the photos from the North Carolina Woodturning Symposium. See what you missed. http://northcarolinawoodturning.com/

Photos from the meeting may be viewed here: https://goo.gl/photos/ubL1vE6x2ujzGn5Q8

October 30, 2015

Demonstration by John Benton and Election of Officers November 3, 2015

 Hello Fellow Waxhaw Woodturners.

    Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 PM.  As usual we will be meeting at Dave and Joan McKeithan’s shop in Waxhaw (7105 Steele Road).  Our program will be led by John Benton who will provide us information and demonstrations about woodturning safety, tool sharpening, turning sushi platters and, time permitting, he will wrap up with coloring and decorating the platters. This is a great demo and a lot of info will be shared.  Come prepared to lean in close, take notes and enjoy John’s presentation.  Here are a few photos of John’s work:

Be prepared to elect new officers for 2016.
Positions are:

- President 
- Vice-President
- Secretary-Treasurer
- Director.

Come early to sample Joan’s famous coffee and share a few woodturning stories, tips, ticks and techniques with the other members.  Bring a friend or relative and let them see how much fun we have.

We will also have a show-n-tell so bring your latest creations to show off.  And don’t forget the raffle.  We will have a few woodturning related items and wood to raffle off.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  If you have any extra woodturning tools or wood you would like to donate, please bring them with you.
See you next Tuesday evening.


John Walsh

October 1, 2015

OCTOBER 6 Demo: Christmas Tree Ornaments -Sir Ed Pfau

Waxhaw Woodturners - Christmas Tree Ornaments Demo - 6 Oct 2015

This Tuesday Evening

Demo and Meeting at 6:30pm.

Come and see some great Ornaments by Sir Ed Pfau. He has made tons of them and will share his expertise.

Ornaments are always a great gifts and  selling them will add $ to your coffers.

Business Meeting: Discussion of possibility a new venue to allow easier access from the Charlotte Area, while still having good availability for all us from Sun City and Waxhaw.  We have some ideas to share for your input.

Coffee by Joan. Hers is the Bestest!

Rain should be over by then so come and have a grand time with chips and sawdust. Bring a guest!

Keep on Turning!

Moe Gingerich
Waxhaw Woodturners VP

August 10, 2015

October Workshop and Hot Dog Party-Oct 3 2015

                                   October 3, 1:00 pm

   Where:  Gingerich Shop , 5813 Stonebridge Lane, Waxhaw

   When: 1:00 - 5:00 followed by a Weiner Roast until we are satisfied or tired. Ladies and significant others come by 5:00 if possibel!
   Bonfire and a party. 

Workshop. Making boxes/lidded  for Beads of Courage for kids with serious illness or terminal treatments on a local hospital, and other projects.....
If you have some wood bring it, but we may have some here also.

More details to come very soon. Stay tuned.
Now Details:

 Open Fire Wiener Roast Potluck following the work shop

Gingerich's will provide the hotdogs, buns, condiments, and homemade ice cream.

Suggestions for side dishes for others to bring:
    -Cole slaw
    -Bake Beans
    -Potato Salad
    -Potato Chips

    -Fixin's for S'mores (graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hersey candy bars)

We have chairs but not enough for everyone, so some should bring bag or folding chairs. 


 A grand picnic time together!

Moe Gingerich

 ***Here are a few I harvested from
a website promoting turning boxes 
for these special kids that are ill.

More info: http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/woodworkers.htm

July 31, 2015

Captive Ring Goblet Demo by Moe Gingerich - August 4, 2015

    Hey there fellow Woodturners of Waxhaw.  Our next meeting is taking place at 6:30 PM on August 4 at Dave & Joan McKeithan’s shop in the back woods of Waxhaw.  Our demonstrator for the evening is Moe Gingerich who will be showing us how to make a goblet with a captive ring.  Here is an example of what Moe will be showing us how to do.

  Come early and enjoy a cup of Joan’s Brew and some conversation with other turners. Amazing what you can learn by asking!

  We’ll have the Show-n-Tell table ready to display some of your recent turnings and we’ll have some items available on the raffle table to satisfy your gambling urges.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  If you have any extra tools, wood, blanks or other related items just sitting around your shop gathering dust, bring them in and plop them on the raffle table — we sincerely appreciate your generous donations.

  If you haven’t yet paid your dues for this year, now would be a great time.  You can do so at the meeting or you can go on the WWT website (http://www.waxhawwoodturners.com/) and use PayPal (a $2.00 surcharge applies for this convenience).

  Please bring along any friends, relatives or other acquaintances who may be interested is learning a bit about woodturning. Prize for anyone bring a guest.

  The McKeithan’s shop is located at 7105 Steele Rd in Waxhaw.

  See you on the 4th!!



John Walsh

June 29, 2015

SPLIT BOWL? YES! Demo by JoeGiannina July 7, 2015

Hey there Woodturners:

Our next meeting is sneaking up on us.  It will be on July 7 at 6:30 PM and, as usual, we’ll meet at Dave & Joan McKeithan’s shop in Waxhaw for a fun filled and informative demonstration by Joe Giannina.  Joe is going to show us how to create a Split Bowl.

We’ll also be having a raffle and show and tell session so bring your latest creations to show off or your spare/excess/extra/taking-up-valuable-space-and-I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it turning-related stuff to put in the raffle.  You’ll have our undying gratitude.

  The meeting starts at 6:30 PM but do come early for conversation with fellow turners and a cup or seven of Joan’s wonderful caffeine brew.

  Haven’t yet paid your dues for 2015? You can do so at the meeting or you can go on the WWT website (http://www.waxhawwoodturners.com/) and use PayPal (a $2.00 surcharge applies for this convenience).

  If you’ve are going to the AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh this weekend, let us know what you thought of the program, the vendors and the gallery.  Photos welcome.

  Also, if you know anyone interested in learning about woodturning, invite them along.  We do welcome visitors and potential new members.  No experience necessary. Come get creative.

Cheers and hope to see y’all on the 7th,


John Walsh

June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 Bruce Lacy and a Rocking Box Demonstration

 Come one, come all.

  Please join us on Tuesday, June 2 for a demo, some of Joan’s world famous coffee and woodturning camaraderie.  The meeting be at Dave & Joan McKeithan’s shop in extremely rural Waxhaw and will start at 6:30 PM.  Arrive early to take in a pre-demo ‘cuppa’ as the Brits say.

Bruce Lacy will be demonstrating how to make a ‘rocking box’ — that is a box with a round bottom, sort of like the kids’ toys called Weebles.  “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down” was the catch line.  Just like Weebles, Bruce’s Rocking Boxes wobble by they don’t tip over.

We’ll also be conducting a raffle of some woodturning related items and will have the Show-n-Tell table set up so you can show us your latest creations.

For directions to the McKeithans’ shop, please see our website http://www.waxhawwoodturners.com/p/about-us-contact-info.html

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.


John Wlash, President
Waxhaw Woodturners

May 1, 2015

DEMO! May 5 Tuesday at 6:30pm Wally Drexler Special Bowls

Welcome all to our May Demo.

Come one, come all!  The next Waxhaw Woodturners meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM, Tuesday, May 5 at Dave & Joan McKeithan’s shop in the wilds of Waxhaw.  Plan to arrive early and enjoy a cup or two of Joan’s world famous Java and share tall woodturning tales with other turners.

Our featured demonstrator this month with be Wally Drexler who will take us through the ins and out of making a bowl basket.

We’ll have the Show-n-Tell table primed for showing off your recent turnings and we’ll also have some turning-related items on the raffle table that you could win.  Feel free to bring some wood or other items you no longer need to add to the raffle items.  Raffle tickets are $1 each of 6 for $5.

Remember, our club meetings are open to anyone, so bring a friend  or family member who may be interested in wood turning either as a potential new turner or as an enthralled observer.

Directions to the Mckeithan’s workshop are on the website ==> http://www.waxhawwoodturners.com/p/about-us-contact-info.html

Hope to see y’all there next Tuesday.

John Walsh

April 2, 2015

Rose Engine Lathe Demo by Fred Connell April 7 @ 6:30 PM

  If you have ever seen anything fancy produced on a Rose Engine Lathe then you will not want to miss this Demo.  Fred Connell will bring his expertise and skill to show off this amazing Creation.

  The Rose Engine has it's roots back in the late 1700's and were only affordable by very wealthy. Note this description from Wikipedia:

  A rose engine lathe is a specialized kind of geometric lathe. The headstock rocks back and forth with a rocking motion or along the spindle axis in a pumping motion, controlled by a rubber moving against a rosette or cam-like pattern mounted on the spindle, while the lathe spindle rotates. Rose engine work can make flower patterns, as well as convoluted, symmetrical, multi-lobed organic patterns. The patterns it produces are similar to that of a Spirograph, in metal. No other ornamental lathe can produce these "rose" patterns. The decoration produced by a rose engine lathe is called Guilloché.

  Very very fine and beautiful work! What a special event to be able to see this lathe operate. Not many of these exist.  Few folks are skilled in it's  operation.

  Come early to get a good seat. Don't forget to bring a nice piece of wood or a tool to share with another turner.  The raffle always fun..

  Pres. John Walsh will update us on the Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope and Artfest of Matthews coming up soon

  And warm your bones with a Cuppa from Joans' stash.
Share skills- bring a Show-N-Tell for us!

 6:30 PM.  Don't forget this one!

March 4, 2015

March 3, 2014 Demostration and Meeting : Tool Sharpening -Don't Miss!

Regular Meeting and Demonstration at the

   Waxhaw Woodturning Club at the McKeithan Castle Shop- regular location.

6:30 PM Come one come all

  Come a little early to start with some of Joan's Famous Coffee

  Expert Mr. Ed Pfau

  We have a great demonstrator which will give all attendees a good boost for
the new month.  Ed Pfau will show us the fine art of putting a perfect edge on your tools to allow a perfect cut. When the tools are prepared and keep a fine edge, cutting is so much easier and efficient.

  Ed has been greatly appreciated for his expertise over the past years. He has forgotten more than most of us will come close to remembering.  So come with an open and sharp mind to absorb the great tips form the PRO!

 Come prepared to share a couple pieces of extra wood, or tool you don't use any more for the RAFFLE. This is always a good pause in the Program.

   Also keep in mind to share an idea to make the WWT Club a stronger and better place to meet in 2015. We already have some good programs on the docket.

 6:30 PM!