July 29, 2018

Rick Ereckson: Green Wood Techniques, Tue. Aug. 7 @ 6:30PM

   Hi there Woodturners.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Hunter House as usual.  Come early and chat with fellow turners.

  Our program this month features Rick Erexson who will present a demo showing the ins and outs of turning green wood.  This should be a very informative demo.  One caution, however: If you plan to sit in the front row, bring a rain coat or an umbrella as wet, green wood is known to throw off a bit of moisture

Ricks Creation

  As we normally do, we will hold a raffle for woodturning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have any woodturning related items you would like to donate to the raffle (wood, tools, etc.) we will gift you one ticket for each item (up to three).

  We will also have a brief show-n-tell session so bring your latest turnings and let us know how you made and finished it/them and share any interesting tidbits about your turning(s).

  If you made any Beads-of-Courage bowls (you did make a bowl or two, right?), please bring them with you.

  We are also in the process of upgrading our mini-lathes.  We have purchased one new lathe (to be debuted at the August meeting) and plan to purchase a few more.  If you know anyone interested on purchasing one of our Rikon minis, let them know we have six for sale (four Rikon 70-100s and two Rikon 70-050VS).  The 70-100s are 6-speed lathes (manual speed changes) while the 70-050vs have variable speed controls.  All are in working order but may need some minor maintenance.  They are available for viewing/testing either at the meeting or by contacting one of the board members.

  Our meetings are always free and open to the public.  If you know anyone who may be interested in learning about turning, bring them with you.  Also, spread the word about our club.  If you know any turners who are not members, bring them along as well.  We always like to meet new fellow turners so we can share ideas and learn new techniques.

See y’all on the 7th.
JPW Chief Writer for Waxhaw Woodturners

June 22, 2018

Celtic Knots- Art by Giannina July 3 @ 6:30 PM

The next Waxhaw Woodturners Meeting will be Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 PM.  We will meet at Hunter House (13428 Providence Rd., Weddington, NC).   

  The program this month will be how to insert a Celtic Knot into a turning.  Joe Giannina will be our demonstrator.  Joe will do a multimedia presentation using both physical  examples and video to show how he makes a Celtic Knot. 

                                                   Design courtesy of gmc
            Many different designs exist however Joe will demonstrate his version.

  As usual we will have a show and tell session so we can share our latest turnings and the fun we had making them.

  We will also hold a raffle for woodturning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have items you would like to donate to the raffle, we will give you one free raffle ticket for each item (up to three) that you donate.

  Last month, Moe Gingerich showed us how to make a goblet.  If you turned one, bring it in so we can share in your success.

  Did you make a Beads of Courage bowl?  Please bring your completed bowls so we can get them ready to take to Hemby Children’s Hospital for the kids they minister to.

  Looking forward to seeing everyone on July 3rd.



May 22, 2018

Hello Woodturners! June 5 at 6:30 is Almost Here

  Hello Woodturners!  
 It’s almost time for our next meeting.  We will meet at Hunter House (13428 Providence Rd., Weddington) on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 PM. Come early and enjoy the camaraderie of other turners and share your stories of woodturning successes.  Our program this month features Moe Gingerich who will show us how to make a stemmed goblet with captive rings.  Moe is an excellent turner and exceptional teacher and his demonstration should be one you won’t want to miss.

  We will, of course, hold our usual raffle of turning-related items.  Tickets are $!.00 each or six for $5.00.  If you have items to donate to the raffle, please bring them to the meeting.  For each item (up to three) you donate, we will gift you with one free raffle ticket. 

  For the show-n-Tell portion of the meeting, please bring in your latest turnings to show off and tell us about the process you used to turn and finish your object d’art.  This is also a great time to bring in those difficult items that gave you some headaches; the gathered assembly should have some answers to your turning woes.

  Don’t forget to bring in any Beads of Courage bowls you may have completed this past month.  The staff at Hemby Children’s Hospital was very appreciative of our last donation of  almost 20 bowls and we want to make sure we have a steady flow of BoC bowls for the kids going through surgeries and procedures.

  Last month Gary Janes showed us how to make a Bird’s Mouth bowl.  Did you accept the challenge to make one?  If you did, bring it in to share your experience with the other turners.



April 18, 2018

Bird's Mouth Bowl by Gary Janes! May 1,2018

   Hey there fellow Woodturners, our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 PM at Hunter House (13428 Providence Rd, Weddington).   Come early to chat with fellow turners and have a soft drink.

Our program for the meeting will be presented by Gary Janes who will show us how to turn a bird’s mouth bowl.


  This is a fun bowl to turn.  Gary will also talk about safety around the lathe as we can never have too many reminders about what we need to do (or not do) around rapidly spinning wood and the application of sharp tools to the spinning wood.  Finally, since we are getting ready to participate in the Waxhaw Kaleidoscope Fest (May 19 & 20), Gary will also demonstrate the turning of spinning tops which we give away to the kids stopping by our booth.

   Did I mention Beads of Courage (BoC) bowls? No? Well let’s not forget to bring in those BoC bowls so we can continue to supply them to Hemby Children’s Hospital for their young and courageous, seriously ill patients.
   Raffle time.  We have raffle tickets for sale.  $1.00 each of 6 for $5.00.  We’ll have some turning materials (wood, that is) as well as some turning-related tools and trinkets.  Bring in an item to donate to the raffle and you’ll receive a free raffle ticket (up to three items).
   Don’t forget to bring in the turnings you’ve made over the past month to share with everyone during the Show-n-Tell portion of the meeting.  

   We still need volunteers to help with the Waxhaw spring festival, AKA Kaleidoscope Fest.  We need folks to help pack up the trailer at Hunter House, unload and set up at the festival on Saturday, turn tops and talk with festival goers on Saturday and Sunday, breakdown and pack up on Sunday afternoon and then load the trailer back at Hunter House.  Please contact Rick Erexson to volunteer.  We have a few folks already but need a few more.
   Guests are always welcome at our meetings.  If you know anyone interested in learning about wood turning, bring them along and introduce them to the other members.  No experience necessary.
6:30 PM for start.....come early in case the moat is full of alligators.

March 22, 2018

April 3, 2018 Tuesday @ 6:30 PM

Hey there fellow woodturners.  Once again, we’re just under two weeks away from our next gathering.  We’ll meet at Hunter House* at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 3.   Our program for this month features Joe Giannina turning a winged bowl similar to this one:

                                                       Winged Bowl

Joe will walk us through the entire process from raw blank to turned bowl to safety tips to prevent nicking fingers on the sharp, pointy wings.  This looks to be a really fun demo.

Come early to chat with your fellow turners and share you tales of turning experiences.  

We also welcome visitors and guests.  No experience required to attend a meeting.

If you haven’t paid your dues for 2018 yet, our treasurer, Dave McKeithan, will gladly accept your payment at the meeting.  Paid members will have name tags available.  Dues are $30/year for single memberships and $45/year for a family membership.

As usual, we will hold a raffle for turning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have any extra wood, spare turning tools or accessories you no longer need, or other woodworking items you would like to donate to the raffle, please bring them to the meeting.  For each raffle item you donate (up to three) you will receive one free  raffle ticket.

What did you make this month?  Whatever you made, bring it with you to the meeting to share during the show-n-tell portion of the evening.  We’d really like to see your turning treasures and know about the fun time you had making them.

The Town of Waxhaw is holding its annual Spring festival on May 19 and 20 in downtown Waxhaw (Main Street).  We would like to participate but to do so we need several folks to help us load up the trailer, set up at the festival, man the lathes on Saturday and Sunday, pack up after the festival closes and unload the trailer back at our meeting place.  We need at least four folks to do the pack up on Friday the 18th, three or four to set up on Saturday morning, eight folks to man the lathes during the weekend in two to four hour shifts and four folks to break down, pack up and unload on Sunday.  If you can help, please let Kim, Bob, Dave or me know ASAP, so we can plan to get our application into the festival committee. Remember, this is one of the ways we gain new members so please take some time to join us at the festival and have fun turning tops for the kiddies and chatting with potential new members and turners.  We’ll talk more about this at the meeting but don’t wait until then to let us know how you can help.

We delivered 18 Beads of Courage bowls to the Child Life Center at Novant/Hemby Children’s Hospital on March 21.  The hospital staff were ecstatic.  Here’s a photo of our President, Kim Bass with the staff and some of the bowls.

  Beads of Courage bowls delivered !

We could not have done this without your support and turned bowls.  We send a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this effort.  Let’s keep up the momentum and bring in more bowls.

See you on the 3rd.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington.  If using a GPS, use Matthews as the city.

February 22, 2018

Demo for You. March 6, 2017- Three Piece Box

  In less than two weeks we will hold our third meeting of the year.  We’ll meet at Hunter House * at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 6.  This month’s demo will be how to turn a three piece box.  This type of box features a central core of one type wood with top and bottom of a different, contrasting species.  Yours truly will be the demonstrator so please refrain from needless heckling.  Payments for kind and gentle comments will be considered.

  As usual we will also be spotlighting our raffle and show and tell programs.  If you have anything you no longer need on your shops (tools, wood, kits, tuna recipes, etc.) please bring them to donate for the raffle. For each item you donate (up to three) we’ll present you with a free raffle ticket.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Keep in mind, the raffle is one of the key methods we use to raise funds for the club.

  Bring your latest turnings for Show and Tell and let us know the backstory behind your miracle from wood.

  Last meeting we challenged you to make a Beads of Courage (BoC) lidded bowl to donate to the kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital.  Many thanks to those who have already made and donated bowls.  We would really appreciate it if you bring a BoC bowl with you to the March meeting.  

  Oh, and here’s another challenge.  Gary Janes has stepped up and has already made three BoC bowls.

    The one on the middle is made from plywood.  You are definitely going to want to know how this bowl kicked his butt.  

  Are you going to let Gary show you up? 

   I  you need details on the bowl requirements, please see http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/woodturners.html.

  Here’s hoping we’ll see you at the March meeting.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington, NC (if using a GPS, use Matthews for the city)

January 26, 2018

February 6, 2018 with Rick Erexson and Beads of Courage

  Hi there, fellow woodturners.  It’s that time again!  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Hunter House* for an evening of camaraderie, turning and chips of the wood variety.

  Our demonstrator this month is Rick Erexson who will show us how to make a Beads of Courage bowl.  Beads of Courage is a wonderful program designed to support children who are suffering from long-term, serious diseases who have to undergo many medical procedures.  For each procedure, the young patient is given a bead which will eventually be strung on necklaces.  The bowls woodturners make are used to house the individual beads and necklaces.  

    Image result for beads of Courage    Want to make a sick child smile?

                                        Image result for beads of courage bowl
                   Just one example.....Rick Erexson will certainly inspire you.........
                                 ....and the kids will smile a BIG one!

                         **** Beads of Courage website:  Beads of Courage

  After this meeting, we encourage y’all to make a bowl and bring it to the March meeting.  We will then take them to Hemby Children’s Hospital for distribution to their young recipients.  This is one of our Community Outreach programs so please come to the February meeting to learn the ins and outs of the Beads of Courage bowl so you can make them on your own.

  Dues are due for 2018.  If you have not yet paid, please do so as soon as practical.  

  Dave McKeithan, our new Treasurer, has redone the name badges.  Look for an email from him explaining the new badges.

  BTW, did you know we have a Facebook page?  Moe Gingerich set it up for us and we encourage y’all to post pictures of your turnings, tips you’ve come across or questions to other members.  If you are a FB member, search for Waxhaw Woodturners.  Click the       Join'   icon and Moe will grant you (FREE!) access. 

  When you go to the WWT Facebook page, check out the steady rest that Joe Giannina made and posted.  He has graciously donated it to the club.  Many thanks, Joe.

  The AAW has an exciting new membership promotion for first-time AAW members, which began in December 2017. Below is a summary of the details.
  • FOR JUST $20, individuals may sign up for a three-month introductory AAW membership that includes a mailed issue of American Woodturner journal. When the introductory three-month membership period ends, individuals may renew by upgrading to a full general AAW membership for just $40.
  • Only individuals who have NEVER been AAW members are eligible for the introductory three-month membership offer.
  • The introductory three-month membership offer is available to individuals ONE TIME ONLY.
  Each introductory three-month AAW membership includes the benefits of AAW membership for three full months, including one printed copy of the American Woodturner journal, and access for three months to Woodturning FUNdamentals, AAW EXPLORE! Discover Woodturning, AAW Connects, AAW Forum, the world's largest woodturning tips library, safety resources, learning and mentoring materials, grant opportunities, specialty programming, services, and more.
  As usual, we will be holding a raffle for woodturning-related items.  If you have anything laying around your shops you no longer need or use, please donate it to the raffle.  Your donations will earn you a free raffle ticket for each item (up to three).  Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

  We will also have our Show-n-Tell session where you may dazzle us with your latest creations.  Please bring your recent turnings and share their stories with the membership.

  If you are an AAW member (and we encourage everyone to sign up) you can view all of the past American Woodturner magazines electronically by using the AAW app which is available for Apple and Android devices.  Want to turn something you saw in an older American Woodturner issue?  Search for it on the app.

  I look forward to seeing y’all at the meeting on Tuesday the 6th.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington, NC (if using a GPS, use Matthews for the city)

December 27, 2017

January 2, 2018-Bruce Lacy Multi-Axis Creations

    Hi, there fellow Woodturners. We’re about to close out 2017 and turn the page into 2018. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 2 at 6:30 PM. We’ll gather at Hunter House* as usual.
     We’re going to start out the year with a demo from Bruce Lacy who will show us how to turn multi-axis objects. If you ever wanted to know how some turners can get odd shapes and curves in their turnings, this is the demo for you.

        Image and Goblets Courtesy of Barbra Dill - 2007-8

   We’ll have our standard raffle and show-n-tell during the meeting. If you have items you would like to donate to the raffle, bring them with you next Tuesday evening and for each item you donate (up to three), you will be given one free raffle ticket. Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.
    Raffle proceeds go in the treasury and help us pay for supplies, demonstrators and other operating expenses.
   Bring your latest turning to share with everyone so we can be awed by your talents and share in your turning experiences and expertise.
   If you have any completed Beads of Courage bowls, please bring them to the meeting so we can get them to the folks at Hemby Children’s Hospital. The next drop off at the hospital will be in early February.
    If you missed the last meeting here are the results of the elections for club officers for 2018: President: Kim Bass
Vice President: Bob Meunier
 Secretary: John Walsh
Treasurer: Dave McKeithan
Director: Joe Giannina
Director: Brian Bancroft
     When you see these folks on Tuesday, offer them your congratulations, support, suggestions and your willingness to assist with the club’s outreach programs.

 I hope to see y’all on the 2nd.

 Cheers jpw

 * Hunter House is located at 13428 Providence Road in Weddington, NC. If using a GPS, change the city to Matthews.

December 25, 2017

Rosewood from Hurricane Irma

A couple pieces that were made to order for Christmas:
The Salt Pigs are for foodie or chef types. They can easily access salt during meal prep time.One is of Norfolk Island Pine. A single plate shows well with embedded bone. Posted by Moe Gingerich

November 30, 2017


   Hi there fellow Woodturners. Our last meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, December 5. We’ll be meeting at Hunter House* at 6:30 PM. The program will be a demo/discussion of proper tool presentation and use with a hands-on component for those so inclined. Our soon-to-be past President, Rick Erexson will be leading the program. If you have questions about how to use a Skew chisel or why you don’t use a spindle roughing gouge on bowls, now is the time to ask questions and get a uniques perspective from Rick.
   Before we have Rick’s finale demo for the year, we need to take care of business - elections.  As of right now, the proposed slate of officers for 2018 is:

 President:  Kim Bass
 VP:  Open 
 Secretary:  John Walsh
 Treasurer:   Dave McKeithan
 Directors:    Joe Giannina & Bob Meunier 

  Here is your chance to help make a difference with our club.  We need a volunteer trip become the new VP.  Kim is moving up so we need someone to take over for her.  If you are not familiar with the duties of the VP, drop me a note.

  We will also have a raffle.  If you have spare wood or tools laying around your shop gathering dust, donate them to the raffle.  For each item (up to three) that you donate, you will receive one free raffle ticket.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

  Bring your recently turned items to share with everyone during the Show-n-Tell session.

  I hope to see y’all on the 5th.



*  Hunter House is located at 13428 Providence Rd, in Weddington, NC.  If using a GPS, chafe the city to Matthews.

Image result for harvey meyer woodturner
  Harvey Meyer- Basket Illusion ----NC Woodturning Symposium

  This is some serious artistry.  Harvey prints out designs and transfers
them to vessels beaded every 1/8 inch. Colored in by hand!

October 28, 2017

November (is Almost Here!) Demonstration- 7th @ 6:30PM Hunter House in Weddington

         The November meeting will be on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 PM at            Hunter House in Weddington, NC.*

  Ha! I’ll bet y’all thought we forgot about letting you know about November’s meeting. Fess up, of course you did. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well we did not. In fact, we have been diligently researching various topics that would make interesting and captivating programs.

  You’ll be pleased to know that we have convinced one of our own - a prolific bowl turner - to share his secrets for turning a green hunk-o-wood into a devastatingly beautiful natural edge bowl. Yes, Rick Erexson will ‘splain how he does it all: selecting appropriate logs, initial mounting techniques - faceplate or screw chuck?, proper tenon/recess creation - which tools to use, push vs pull cuts, scraping off the fuzzy bits, having proper first aid equipment at the ready in case you grasp the natural edge while the bowl is spinning, etc. If you ever had questions about green bowl turning, Rick will answer them for you during and after his demo. You don’t want to miss this one. 

   Don’t forget to bring and donate items for the monthly raffle. For each item you donate (up to three) we will award you with one free ticket. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. Bring your latest turnings to share with your fellow turners.    

  Don’t forget we are counting on everyone to step up and volunteer to help WWT stay a viable resource for woodturning by becoming a member of the executive committee (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer or one of two At-Large Directors). Elections will be held at the December meeting. Experience is not necessarily required - we will train you to assume your new roles and will be around to assist you. 

 We also need demonstrators for the new year. Part of the fellowship process is sharing your expertise with others. Don’t be afraid of sharing your knowledge by being a demonstrator - we don’t bite๐Ÿ˜‰. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can. 

  If you have any completed Bowls of Courage bring them to the meeting and we’ll take them to the folks at Hemby Children’s hospital. If you need wood to make a bowl or two, we have a stack of Poplar boards available. I hope you’re looking forward to this meeting as much as I am.

 See y’all on the 7th. John Walsh 

* The address for all those using a GPS is 13428 Providence Rd., Matthews, NC. 

Sent from my aging iPhone

Norfolk Island Pine

September 26, 2017

Tuesday 10/3/2017 @6:30 PM Waxhaw Woodturners Demonstration

 The next Waxhaw Woodturners meeting will be on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM. As usual, we’ll meet at Hunter House (13428 Providence Road, Weddington, NC).
 This month’s program will be a demonstration on making a faux cigar pen. This is a wood Pen that resembles a real cigar. See the photo below.

 John Walsh will go through all the steps: selecting the wood, preparing the blanks, turning and finishing the Pen.

 We will also hold a raffle of woodturning-related items. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. If you have any items in your shops you no longer need (or have no idea what they’re for) or extraneous wood, donate them to the raffle. For each item you donate (up to three) you will receive one free raffle ticket.

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

 Guests are more than welcome.

 Want to have a bigger say in what goes on with our club? Volunteer for one of several positions on the leadership team. Elections will be held during the December meeting. If you are interested, please contact one of the current board members: Rick Erexson, Kim Bass, John Walsh, Gary Janes, Joe Giannina or Bob Meunier. More info will be provided at the meeting.

 The North Carolina Woodturning Symposium will be held on November 3, 4 and 5 in Greensboro, NC. We are hosting one of the demonstration rooms and will need volunteers to help out. If we get enough volunteers, the tour of duty will only be one of the nine demonstrations in our room. Details will be provided at the next meeting and a sign up sheet will be available.

 If you have any Beads of Courage Bowls, bring them to the meeting and we will make arrangements to get them to the folks at Hemby Children’s Hospital.

The next Waxhaw Woodturners meeting will be on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM. As usual, we’ll meet ...

August 19, 2017

DEMO! Sept 5 at the Hunter House -6:30 pm

"Well, hello my friends."  That's how our guest last month, Al Furtado, begins all his YT videos.  I thought it fitting to use it here this month. (Hope you don't mind, Al.)

Our September meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Tuesday, September 5 at Hunter House* in Weddington, NC.  Come early to discuss your ideas with other turners.

This month's meeting will feature Bill McGuiness and bowl turning techniques.  Bill  is a seasoned turner who teaches bowl turning, among other things, at the Woodcraft location in Matthews.  Please join us for an evening of tips and tricks and the art of bowl turning.

As usual, we will be holding a raffle for woodturning-related items.  If you have anything related to turning cluttering your shop and gathering dust, donate it to the raffle.  For each item you donate, you will receive one free raffle ticket (up to three items).  Spare wood is also good for raffle donations.  

We'll also have a show-n-tell session so bring you latest creations to share with everyone and let us know how you turned them.  

We are still accepting Beads of Courage box donations.  If you have made any, bring them to the meeting and we will make sure we get them to the kids at Hemby Children's Hospital.  If you are unfamiliar with the program, just make a lidded box/bowl about 5 " in diameter (or larger) by about 3-4" tall.  We have the special beads you'll need to complete the bowl.

Keep in mind the NC Woodturning Symposium is rapidly approaching (Nov 3-5) and we still need volunteers to help with the demo room we are responsible for.  We'll have sign-up sheets available at the meeting.

Hope to see y'all on the 5th.


*  13428 Providence Road.  If using a GPS, use Matthews as the city.

Well, McGuniess may not do this but his expertise will be evident. 
Come and See! 

July 30, 2017

August 1, Tuesday At 6:30 Demo -Hunter House w/Bruce Lacey

  Come for a nice Demo, shared ideas, gadgets and encouragement. Maybe even go home with some wood, or a way to make a jig from a piece of scrap.
  There is so much one can garner from other turners that we always come back with a more creative method.

 Small Lidded box in Pink Ivory - detailed and textured- Beautiful!

Joa Giannina with the beautiful Genie Bottle

John Walsh:his trademark Cigar Pen-very realistic

Larry Fenrick-Pres. Southern Piedmont Woodturners- Gorgeous lidded vessel

Wonderful evening. Sorry you missed it.
   And had PARAFIX 3408  -No Odor CA Glue for sale. You heard about it from Bruce Lacey. It just doesn't have that strong smell that permeates you nostrils and drives us all crazy from the traditional CA formulations.

  Don't forget to register for the North Carolina Woodturning Symposium.
Dates are Friday Saturday Sunday November 3, 4, 5, 2017. Starting at Noon Friday you will be able to go to numerous  Rotations (demos) by many different experts.   See the website:  http://www.northcarolinawoodturning.com/
Early registrants get a discount.
  You may want to reserve a room in one of the many hotels close by, or carpool with friends. Check out the photos of the previous Symposium(s) and get some major inspiration. There always are vendors for wood, abrasives, tools and much more. Well known names include:
Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler
Kip Christensen
Beth Ireland
Rudolph Lopez
Jason Schneider
Derek Weidman
Cynthia Gibson

Harvey Meyer
Mark Gardner
Mark St. Leger
Scarlette Rouse
Dennis Belcher
Bob Schassse
John Walsh

  See you Tuesday evening at the Hunter House 6:30 PM.

  Raffle, Show and Tell, Free soft drinks, and free camaraderie.....

June 22, 2017

July 11, 2017 6:30 PM- Second Tuesday- Colorful Sushi Platters by John Benton

  Well, best laid plans and all that.  We'll be meeting on Tuesday, July 11 (second Tuesday) this month instead of Saturday the 8th as noted in my previous email.  We could not find a demonstrator who would be available on Saturday.  So, Tuesday the 11th at 6:30 PM is the final decision.

  Our demonstrator will be John Benton who will dazzle us with his colorful Sushi plates.  John recently demonstrated at the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA) where the description of his demo was succinctly put as:
"Carolina wood turner John Benton, whose mantra is 'to discover and unlock the beauty in these natural pieces from nature so all can enjoy' is the guest turner this month. He will be making a special multi-use Jam chuck, and move to turning a sushi platter with the jam chuck, then demonstrating the use of color and finishing the sushi platter if time allows.

  The use of surface embellishments and Benton’s quest to develop his own artistic path has been greatly influenced by his extensive study with world renowned wood artist Binh Pho. 'To be able to tell a story with each piece, something I am passionate about, a piece that would be recognized as mine for its statement and meaning, is what I aspire to' "

                     Check these images of John's beautiful work 

This is a demo you do not want to miss.  

  We will also hold our monthly raffle and show-n-tell programs.  

  Tickets for the raffle are $1/each or 6 for $5.  If you have wood, tools or anything else you no longer use or need, please donate to the raffle.  For each item (up to three) that you donate, you will receive one free raffle ticket.

  Bring your latest turnings or really cool new tools to show off during the S-n-T portion.

  If you by chance have made any Bowls of Courage, please bring them with you so we can get them to the most deserving kids at Hemby Children's Hospital.

See you on Tuesday the 11th.

  -by John Walsh