October 16, 2013

Early Christmas Celebration: Tour of Anatoly Tsiris Woodturning Shop.Saturday October 26

Anatoly's shop tour on October 26, we are expected at 2 p.m. Let's carpool and arrive there just before 2 p.m.

We are all invited for a tour of the Shop of a woodturner that does some amazing work. Anatoly Tsiris  makes very creative and LARGE vases using a specially built custom lathe. This is a special and unique event that will entertain and amaze you.

Bring your spouse, and any significant other you can find and come with the Waxhaw Woodturning Club to experience this event. Anatoly will give us a real treat in examining how to, and why he turns large wet tree trunks into works of art. 


Edna liked them!
Anatoly showed these vases at the last NC Woodturning Symposium.
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Anatoly Tsiris was born into a family of schoolteachers in the small Ukranian town called Kmelnitsky. Carrying on the family tradition, he graduated from college with a teaching degree in math and science. However, deciding he was more of a craftsman than a scholar, he took a job at Machine Building Factory in Jugansk, Ukraine where he worked on a variety of metal-cutting machinery. Over thirty of his improvements and additions for the work process were registered and used in production.

In just a few years, Anatoly became a recognizable figure in Charlotte’s artistic crowd. A McColl Center of Art former affiliate artist, Anatoly is still closely involved with the Center. In 2007 he received the Creative Loafing Critics Pick Best Local Artist Award. He is an active member of the Charlotte Woodturner’s Organization. His works are shown in galleries of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and purchased by many corporate and private collectors. His pieces are in collections of NC museums including Charlotte’s Mint and The Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh.
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  This outing is designed with our spouses in mind, followed by a nice evening meal at a restaurant on the way home. Come and Celebrate with us for a good year of woodturning.

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  By the way, if you haven't signed up for the NC Woodturning Symposium yet, there is still time to do so. The dates are November 1-3 in Greensboro NC. Check here for sign up:  NCWS Homepage
This is a three-day event packed with all kinds of demos and nationally recognized turners along with regional ones.

October 12, 2013

Today and Tomorrow, Waxhaw Autumn Festival

Today, Saturday and tomorrow, Sunday, we’ll be at the Waxhaw Autumn Festival.
Come out and support us!

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Section D1, D2

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This following account of the events was written by Daniel, our president, in the picture below.

This past weekend on Saturday (7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. | event time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. ) and Sunday (12:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. | event time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.) our Waxhaw Woodturners club took part in the Waxhaw Autumn Festival. Here are a few pictures of my work and the others with us. We had several volunteers on Saturday morning to help us set up and only three all day who turned. We had three lathes and our main purpose was to accept donations for spin tops. On Saturday, several donated but on Sunday, several just took theirs and didn't give. On Sunday, I received special requests for honey dippers so I requested a $10 donation. We all used Poplar wood which isn't good for a honey dipper because the edge can easily tear out or break off if dropped. We stood on our feet most all day and all were tired and sore on both nights and during the day.

Daniel became a honey dipper “celebrity” on Sunday.
A friend he worked with in media production, visited with his two daughters.
Left-to-Right: McRae and Abby Burke, Daniel Brinneman

Daniel has posted more pictures here.


October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013 - John Benton Demonstrator

Come join us at 6:30 p.m. for the meeting and at 7 p.m. to watch John Benton demonstrate making a sushi platter.

Please bring items for the raffle, we won't have the Woodcraft gift card tonight.



We had a good turnout and one new member. Our demonstrator didn't appear and our members made up for it with the wonderful Show-and-Tell items and Tim Rinehart talked about his wood-dying process.