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.