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,


John Walsh

* 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.