December 31, 2016

Happy New Year to all Chipmakers:New Meeting Jan 3, 2017 with Sir Bruce Lacey

Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year to everyone. 

   Our first meeting of 2017 is almost upon us.  We’ll meet at Hunter House on Tuesday, January 3 at 6:30 PM.  Come early to share your turning, hunting, holiday cooking or automotive repair experiences with other turners.

   This month, Bruce Lacey will be demonstrating the proper techniques for sharpening lathe tools.  We’ll have at least two sharpening stations available for those who wish to sharpen their tools — with Bruce’s critical eye looking on. He is an excellent teacher and demonstrator.
 So, bring those dull tools or tools you really don’t know how to sharpen and you’ll leave with tools so sharp you’ll be able to shave the beard off a goat.
Lichtenberg Figures-courtesy of Moe Gingrich
   We’ll be doing the standard raffle and show and tell.  If you have any items you would like to donate to the raffle (extra wood laying about your shop taking up valuable space, tools you have no clue what they do, spare gouges, etc.), please bring them along and you’ll receive one additional raffle ticket for each item (up to three).  We would also like to see those unique items you’ve created over the past few months.  So bring them along as well and let everyone know how you made and finished them.

   Please welcome and congratulate our new officers (or share condolences as the case may be)

President:      Rick Erexson
Vice Presiden:  Kimberly Bass
Secretary:      John Walsh
Treasurer:      Gary Janes
Director:       Joe Giannina 
Director:       Bob Meunier

   We’ll be hosting the middle school kids from Omni Montessori School once again.  We’ll be teaching them the basics of woodturning including safety around the lathe, tool sharpening and spindle turning.  We have  a few volunteers to help teach and monitor the classes but we need a few more folks to help out as well.  If you have some spare time on Monday mornings in January (9, 23, 30) and/or February (6, 13), please let us know.  I will have a sign-up sheet at the meeting with the dates highlighted where we need the most help.  

  If you have any finished Bowls of Courage, please bring them along.  I will be going to the Hemby Children's Hospital on February 1 to deliver the bowls I now have.

  I hope to see y’all on the 3rd,


  John Walsh

December 11, 2016

New Officers: All ready for a new Year of Inspiration

   We have completed the Elections for a New Year of Inspiration for all of Waxhaw Woodturners. New blood, ideas, leadership and more.
   Congratulations to our New Board Members and Officers. We look forward to a real great year ahead. There will be new Demonstrators, New Ideas, Techniques, and of course completely new projects ahead. 
  And that is exactly what we need. We all need to have something to push us to give us the courage to try something new. Perhaps an airbrush, or a piercing tool, or a threading method for those boxes we all have made so nicely with friction fitting lids. Maybe some carving to enhance a bowl? How about some sand blasting? 
   SO for those of you who missed our meeting on Tuesday evening, may I present to you our new Officers and Board:

President:   Rick Erexson
Vice President:  Kimberly Bass
Secretary:   John Walsh
Treasurer:   Gary Janes
Director:    Joe Giannina 
Director:    Bob Meunier

Please feel free to offer them your heartfelt congratulations and offers of assistance as needed.


  A big hearty Thank you to John Walsh who has guided us thru some new paths, change of venue, many new members, and new ways to advance our collective creative expressions. 
  Looking forward, we can see a big improvement in the last two years and the next few years. It is exciting to attempt to visualize the next horizon and projects ahead. 
  Congratulations to all the new Board and Officers. This a real boost to many many Woodturners and new members coming up.
Put your creativity Hats on. Hang on to your seats. 
   2017 is coming around the corner! 

                                             Carvings by Rex Kenyon