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

May 31, 2017

Safety? Well YES, we Better Keep Practicing that or........

Hey there Fellow Woodturners. I hope your Turnings have gone well this past month.  

Yep! It’s that time again - our next meeting will be June 6 at 6:30 PM.  As usual, we’ll meet at Hunter House in Weddington (if you need directions, please drop me a note).  Come early to enjoy soft drinks and tall tales with fellow turners.  Know anyone who might be interested in Woodturning?  Bring them along.  No experience is necessary.

This month's program will be on Shop/Turning Tips and Safety.  This is a somewhat different program than we’ve had in the past.  Rick, Kim, Gary and John will start the program with a short discussion and then turn the meeting over to — wait for it — YOU!  We want each turner to show or tell us about a jig or technique you’ve used or come across that helps in your turnings.  We also want you to tell us about either a personal safety experience you’ve had or heard about that perhaps changed the way you turn.  We’ll wrap up this portion of the program with a short PowerPoint presentation on safety.  

One of the best way we can improve as turners and woodworkers is to share our tips and experiences with one another.  Novice turners and seasoned turners alike can teach us all a new trick or two.  Everyone who has ever turned has his or her own tales to tell, so get those stories and jigs queued up and share them.

In addition to the program above, we’ll be holding our monthly raffle and our show-n-tell session.  So, if you have any items you no longer use and want to donate them to the raffle, we’ll give you one additional raffle ticket for each item (up to three) that you bring in.  We would love to see what you’ve been doing in your shops all month long, so bring in those newly turned items and show them to us and tell us how you made and finished them.

A housekeeping note:  Several recent raffle winners were in such a hurry to get home they forgot to take their loot with them.  If you won something and forgot to take it let one of the board members know and we’ll locate it for you and staple it to your shorts. 😉

If you have any Beads of Courage bowls sitting around gathering dust, please bring them with you so we can get them to the kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital.


BIG NOTE: 

We have experienced some problems with the mailing list over the past few months.  To rectify this situation, we have created another mailing list.  This one is called WWTurners@googlegroups.com.  I sent an email to everyone in Waxhaw Woodturners last week inviting you to join the new group.  So far, of the 45 who have been invited, 29 have joined.  We would like to see everyone move to this list so we can get rid of the other, inaccurate and problem riddled list.  Until that happens, however, we’ll have to send emails to both lists so many of you may receive duplicate emails.  I apologize in advance for this but it is necessary to make sure everyone gets our notices in a timely manner.  So, if you have not yet accepted the invitation sent last week (or dumped it into your Junk folder 😱) please click on the link in the email and join our fresh, new, merry band of turners.  If you did not receive the email, let me know and I will send you another invite.

Hope to see y’all on the 6th.

Cheers,

jpw
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And remember;  It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

March 31, 2017

How I learned Woodturning: How to Advance your Work - Ric Erkes

My how time flies.  It seems that just a few, short weeks ago we met … of wait, we did.😉  Well, for the record, our next meeting is Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 PM. As usual, we’ll be meeting at Hunter House*.  Come early to enjoy some conversation with fellow turners.

Our demonstrator this month is Ric Erkes.  Rick will be talking about what he’s learned in almost twenty years of turning.   His primary goal is to share thoughts on tools/accessories that work versus those that are a waste of money.  He’ll discuss simple jigs that you can make that save time and money and he’ll spend time showing how to effectively use a bowl gouge. Ric will also talk about how he sand bowls versus vases and the simple finish that he applies.  Time permitting, he'll show some simple techniques for fluting, chattermarking, and carving.  In one word the demo is all about ideas.

Please bring those items in your shops you no longer need/use (wood, tools, jigs, blanks, etc.) to share with others via the raffle.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  For each item you donate to the raffle (up to three), we’ll give you an extra ticket.

We would love to see what you have been working on.  Please bring your recent turnings and let us know how you made and finished them.

If you have made any Beads of Courage bowls, bring them with yours well.

Hope to see y’all there,

Cheers,

John Walsh

Location:
* Hunter House is located at 13428 Providence Rd., Weddington.  It is an old farm house; the house is just north of Weddington.  Park in the front yard. If using a GPS, substitute Matthews for Weddington.


March 1, 2017

Finishing: The Final and Perhaps Most Important Part of Woodturning

  My how time flies!  It seems as though  I was writing just a mere month ago to … oh, wait!  I was writing a month ago.  😉

  This month's meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM; we'll meet at Hunter House.  Come early to help set up and have a chat with fellow turners. Our program for this month is Finishing.  John Walsh and Bruce Lacy will demonstrate various methods for finishing turned objects.  Proper finishing is key to successfully completing a turning and could mean the difference between a nice bowl and an object d’art.  


  If you have any items taking up space in your shop and you would like to donate it to the raffle, please bring it along.  For each item (up to three) that you donate to the raffle, we’ll give you an extra raffle tickets.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  

  If you have recently made something, bring it along as well and place it on the Show-n-Tell table.  You can then tell us how  you made it.

   One other item we’ll discuss is the new Club Bylaws.  We will explain them to you and point you to a link on our website where you can review them over the next few weeks.  During this time, we would like to hear from you if you have any comments, suggestions or recommended changes.  Once we have your input, we will once again publish the draft bylaws and will vote during the April meeting to accept or reject them.

  A reminder:  We’re going to be attending the Union County Heritage Festival on April 22.  The festival will be held at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28112.  We’ll set up between 7:00 AM and 9AM and will turn until 5:00 PM.  Well need several volunteers to man the lathes and chat with festival goers.  A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the meeting.

  As usual, guests are alway welcome at our meeting - no experience necessary.

  If you have any finished Bowls of Courage, please bring them along. 

February 1, 2017

February 7. 6:30 PM Chips and Creativity to Spare with Jack Reyome

Hi there, Woodturners.  Our next meeting is less than a week away.  We’ll be meeting at Hunter House on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 PM.  Come early to share your stories with other tuners and enjoy a cup of coffee or a soft drink before the meeting.

This month, Jack Reyome will be demonstrating a process by which you can take a not so pretty piece of wood and change it’s look completely with copper and gold leaf.  Jack will go over the steps from beginning to end.  If you have some “Plain Jane” (or is that Plain Grain?) wood you want to make a bowl, vase, platter or other turning from and you want it to look spectacular, then this demo is for you.
Jacks Creativity on Display


We’ll also be holding the raffle and the show-n-tell session as usual.  If you have any wood working/turning items you no longer need or use or spare wood laying about, donate them to the raffle.  For each item you donate (up to three), we’ll give you one extra raffle ticket.  Bring your latest turnings to dazzle us and describe how you made and finished them.

Jim Bellina, a long time member, is cleaning out his shop and has donated some of his no longer used tools and supplies to the club.  We plan to dispose of them by selling, auctioning and/or raffling them to raise money for the Treasury.  Rick will provide more details at the meeting.  An inventory of Jim’s donations is in the attachment.  A big thanks to Jim.

We have been hosting the middle schoolers from Omni Montessori School and teaching them the basics of woodturning.  We have two more sessions with them — February 6 and 13 — and could use some help teaching and mentoring these youngsters.  If you have the time, we’ll start at 8:30 AM and go to 10:30 AM on those two days.

We’re also going to be attending the Union County Heritage Festival on April 22.  The festival will be held at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28112.  We’ll set up between 7:00 AM and 9AM and will turn until 5:00 PM.  Well need several volunteers to man the lathes and chat with festival goers.  A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the meeting.

Please also reserve May 20 and 21 for the Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope festival in downtown Waxhaw.  We’ll provide more details as we get them.

Cheers,

jpw

January 19, 2017

Bottom Feeder Tool for Bowls......

   Well, there is always something new it seems. Well maybe only to yours truly.......

   We found a tool last Winter that has been named Bottom Feeder by Frank Johanson of Sarasota. This tools is designed to be able to shape the bottom of a bowl -large or small-  with minimum fuss in sanding it afterwards.
     When we turn an end  grain bowl there always seems to be those two spots on opposite sides of the bowl where the grain is not cut just right. Thus we end up starting to sand with 80 or even 60 grit and it takes forever to get it smooth enough to look good.

    Now Frank had this tool designed, resharpened, and repositioned and tested.

                                      IT WORKS!

Now grind off the "heel" a bit....


                                                                   Then a tiny portion of the point is sharpened to a 75 degree angle
         The Bottom Feeder is Born!!!!____

The tool is then 
presented to the bottom of the bowl with the open (Groove) up and a slight angle to the left. Only the 75 degree portion is in touch with the wood.  The heel is removed to allow the first angle to be used to carefully cut as needed. You may find a different angle will work best for you but I assure it is great tool. 

When one practices several times it will bring up a very very nice smooth bowl bottom with a good smooth surface.  Maybe some 240 grit followed by 400 and such. Saves on purchasing all that 60 grit abrasive! (I know you like Klingspor but not that much!)

It is wonderful.
Yours truly has tested it and WHOA! it works. 

This works well using a tool like a 1/2" spindle or  1/2" detail gouge. Re-sharpen as above and get ready for brilliant bowl work with minimal sanding required.

This is free just for being a Member of the Waxhaw Woodturners Club (courtesy of Frank Johanson of course).


-presented by Moe Gingrich



PS.    A group of hens (or female chickens) is called a brood, and a group of baby chicks is called a clutch. However a group of eagles is referred to as a convocation.