June 27, 2012

WOODCRAFT- Weddington to host Nick Cook-Thurs July 26.

Woodcraft at Weddington is hosting Nick Cook on Thursday July 26.

From Robin at Woodcraft:

Woodcraft has the new Powermatic 4224B on display and I just received news that Mick will be here in Thursday, July 26 to give a demonstration featuring the lathe. I have not received details but wanted to get the information out quickly. Nick helped design the lathe which has a 3 hp. motor. vacuum chuck and weighs in at 900 lbs.

This event will be open to the public. T Robin wanted to notify all our members so we wouldn't miss the demo by Nick Cook.


Who is Nick Cook? His web page gives a short intro in case you have forgotten about him:

   Nick Cook owns and operates the only full service woodturning studio in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He turns a variety of work including one-of-a-kind bowls and vessels along with his unique gift items—wine stoppers, baby rattles, rolling pins, spinning tops, honey dippers, and the like.

His work can be found in gift shops and galleries from coast to coast. He also provides turned parts for local furniture makers and millwork shops.

Nick is also in high demand as a teacher. He teaches and demonstrates at his studio, universities, craft schools, and woodworking shows throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

Enjoy the summertime with family and friends, have some sweet tea, and do make some chips fly!

The SORBY Ultima Hollowing tool and sharpener. This is a very good tool. It does not remove gobs of wood like a bowl gouge does, but a bowl gouge doesn't work for inside hollowing very good at all. This round cupped has about 1/3 third of it's edge exposed which means you can rotate it 1/3 turn and to allow a clean sharp spot, and you still have one more 1/3 rotation to go! With a nice long heavy handle the turner tucks it between his arm and body to make for a real steady  way to make the chips fly.

This is a different kind, but some woodturners like it a lot.

....and then a tool that is curved (or also straight) with a system like this:

works very good for deep hollowing. It takes the pain and stress out of trying to hold a tool steady and it does not beat you to death. This type certainly has a strong vote for from this turner.

Now add a light:

Tape it to your tool. You can see inside your vessel!  Available at Lowes store for less than $12

June 14, 2012

July Cancelled...August 6,2012 Next Meeting

The Membership has voted to cancel July Meeting. Lots of summer activities, folks on vacation, then all ready to be inspired at the August 7 meeting.  So don't plan at showing up since you'll be the only one.....

So please remember to bring all the new creations that you have produced in JUne and July. Bring some items along to show the rest of us. This is always intersting to see what you have made.


Now for a report: The June meeting included using the new RIKON Variable Speed lathes we have in our possession. These still have a belt to change the speed ranges, however they have a nice electronic motor drive with the variable speed knob. They must have been offered at an introductory rate since they are now listed for $100 more at the Woodcraft  Store than we paid. THANK YOU for all the members that have dug in a donated funds to be able to put these in our inventory. The KIDS love them a lot.

The Club Shop has these for use by all members, and of course the Youth Program Classes. A new class is starting Friday June 15.

Craft Supplies have these Pen Kits available on their web site: http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com