December 29, 2018

Happy New Year -Chip and Sawdust Makers !

  Hey there, Woodturners.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a pleasant holiday season.

  Well, 2018 is almost behind us and we have had a great year.  Our membership has grown and we now have a functional, comfortable and spectacular new meeting place thanks to Kim and Jeff Bass.  

  Our first meeting of the year will be on January 8 at 6:30 PM at the Bass’ shop (14588 Bethel Ave Ext, Midland, NC).  We are meeting on the second Tuesday this month only as the first Tuesday is New Years Day and we don’t wish to interrupt any bowl game watching parties 😉.

  Our demonstrator this month will be Bob Meunier who will show us how he makes his Nisse Dolls (please see the attached photo).  These would make great gifts for any time of the year.

  And now a word from our sponsor:  Dues!  As this is the start of the new year, dues will become due for everyone in January.  Dues are $30 per person or $45 for a family membership.  Please make checks payable to Waxhaw Woodturners.  You may pay by cash (you do remember how to do that, right?) or via PayPal on our website ( Payments via PayPal will incur a $2.00 charge to cover the PayPal fees.

  As usual, we will hold a raffle of woodturning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have wood (blanks or raw wood) or turning tools, accessories or jigs you no longer use, bring them along and donate them to the raffle.  For each item you donate (up to three), you will receive on free ticket.

  Bring your latest turnings and share your secrets with the members during the Show-n-Tell portion of the evening.

  We welcome guests at our meetings.  If you know anyone who may be interested in learning what goes on behind the dust, shavings - and occasional choice and colorful language - please bring them along.

  We’re looking to do lots of great things in the coming year.  Come to the meeting to find out how you can help Waxhaw Woodturners be the premier woodturning club in the Charlotte area.  We welcome your ideas on how to make the club better meet the needs of our members.  You can discuss any ideas with one of the club’s board members:

President:              Kim Bass
Vice President:     Rick Erexson
Treasurer:             Dave McKeithan
Secretary:            John Walsh
Directors:             Joe Giannina, Ed Hill, Bruce Lacy
                                            Hand Turned Nisse Dolls

I hope to see y’all on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 PM.


November 17, 2018

Christmas Party! Dec 4. Bring Spouses or Significant Other

   Hello Woodturners.  In lieu of a demonstration at the December 4 meeting, we will be having a Christmas party.  Spouses are welcome.  This will be a covered dish affair, so please bring one of your favorite covered dishes to share with everyone.  We will provide drinks (soft drinks, water, sweet and unsweetened tea) and deserts.  There will be a $5.00/person charge to cover the cost of the drinks, deserts and dinnerware.


  We will also be having a ‘Dirty Santa’ gift exchange.  This is an extremely fun event which has been very successful at other area clubs.

This is how it works:
  • Voluntary participation.  Bring a turned gift if you wish to participate. This is not required to attend the party.
  • Participants bring a wrapped turned item to give away.  All gifts are put on a table.  Each person bringing a gift all be given a raffle ticket (lot).
  • The first participant (chosen by lot) can select any gift on the table
  • The next participant (again by lot) can either choose to take a gift from the table or take the item (steal) just picked by the first person.  If the first person has to give up his/her gift, then they get to choose next.  
  • If a gift is taken (stolen) from someone, that particular item may only be retaken twice more.  The third person with the gift keeps it.
  • Subsequent selections/steals are made until all the gifts are gone.

There will also be a show-n-tell and raffle as we normally do.  

Please respond whether or not you plan to attend.  We need to know how many people will be coming so we can prepare seating and make sure we have enough food and drinks to go around.

Please respond no later than November 23 to give us the time we need to plan.
Are you coming?  
How many in your party?  
Will you participate in the Dirty Santa?

Thanks for your assistance,


October 24, 2018

Nov. 6, Tuesday 6:30 PM Christmas Is Coming via Kim Bass

  Hello fellow turners.  In just a short two weeks we will have our next woodturning meeting.  We will meet on Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 PM at the Bass’ shop (14588 Bethel Ave Ext, Midland, NC).  Come early and enjoy chatting with fellow turners.  Guests are always welcome so if you know anyone interested in learning about wood turning, please feel free to bring them along.

  Our program this month is turning Christmas ornaments.  Bruce Lacy will be demonstrating how to make a Sea Urchin Ornament (AKA Satellite ornament).  Also, our President, Kim Bass, will demonstrate how to turn a Snowman (or woman) ornament.  See the attached photos for samples of what will be demonstrated.  This will be a great program to help y’all prepare for the holidays.

  If you have made any Beads of Courage bowls, please bring them so we can get them to the children at Hemby Children’s Hospital.  The Beads of Courage program is a great way for you to expand your turning skills by turning a lidded bowl.  Bowls need to be approximately 6” wide and 3” deep — or larger.  See Bob Meunier if you have questions or need a ceramic bead for your bowl’s lid.

  As usual, we will hold a raffle for turning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have any items or extra wood sitting around in your shop that you will no longer use, bring them and donate them to the raffle.  For each donated item (up to three) we will give you one free raffle ticket.

  What have you turned this month?  Whatever it is, bring it to show off at the Show-n-Tell portion of the evening.  We would like to see what you made, how you finished it and any unique or unusual experiences you had while turning it.

  Next month we will be holding elections for Waxhaw Woodturners officers.  There are six positions open:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and two at-large Directors.  We will be asking for volunteers to fit these positions.  A slate of prospective officers for 2019 will be presented at the December meeting.  Officers elected will server one year.  This is YOUR club.  If you would like to have a say in what goes on, please raise your hand and volunteer to become an officer.     The time involved with being an officer is minimal and the only requirement is that you have a vision for where you would like to see WWT in the future.

  We are also looking for volunteers to help with three important roles:  Program Director, Videography and Web master.  

  • The Program Director arranges for monthly demonstrators.
  • The role of Videographer entails ensuring the cameras are working, editing the recorded video of the demonstrations and uploading it to our website and possibly YouTube and/or our FaceBook page*.  
  • The WebMaster will maintain and update the website and upload new content as necessary.  

If you have any interest in any of these positions, please let me know at the meeting.

I look forward to seeing y’all at the meeting on the 6th.



* You do know we have a Facebook page, don’t you?  You can see what is going on, post photos of your creations and ask questions of other members.  Come join us at waxhaw woodturners.



September 25, 2018

October 2, 2018 Mr. Joe G: It's for The Birds, and Other Long Stem Creations

  It’s almost that time again Woodturners.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll be meeting at Jeff and Kim Bass’ shop.  The address is 14588 Bethel Ave Ext,  Midland,  NC.  The driveway is finished so parking should not be a problem.  Please, when parking, do not block anyone in.  Guests are always welcome.

  Our program this month features Joe Giannina who will be demonstrating how to turn long stemmed turnings - goblets, bird houses, etc.  

  If you have made any Beads of Courage lidded bowls (you have haven’t you?), please bring them to the meeting.  The kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital really appreciate our BoC bowls.

  We would also appreciate you bringing at least five spinning tops for Gary Janes’ mission to Malawi in October.  The children the the villages and towns Gary will be visiting are looking forward to getting our handmade toys.

  As usual, we will be holding a raffle for woodturning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each of 6 for $5.00.  If you have items you would like to donate to the raffle, bring them with you and we will give you one free ticket for each item (up to three) that you donate.

  Don’t forget to bring your latest turnings with you to show off during the show-n-tell portion of the meeting.

  Oh, and as long as we’re talking about lathe stands, don’t forget, if you are not busy tomorrow morning we could certainly use your help assembling the lathe stands that Dave McKeithan and Joe G. cut out last week.  We’re meeting at Dave’s shop (7105 Steele Rd., Waxhaw) about 9:00.



August 29, 2018

September 4 @ 6:30 PM - Yes we have a new VENUE! 14588 Bethel Ave Ext

Good Morning Woodturners. 

  It’s almost time for another meeting and this time we’re meeting at Kim and Jeff Bass' shop.  Their address is 14588 Bethel Ave Ext, Midland, NC. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM but please come early to chat with fellow turners.

  The program for this month is turning platters.  Sir Bob Moffat is the demonstrator and he will show us how to turn and decorate Fruit Platters.  Sir Bob is an excellent demonstrator so you won’t want to miss this meeting. Turning Project: With proper planning and wood selection, you’re set to turn the perfect platter to present a beautiful, healthy afternoon snack – Fruit!  Sir Bob is also a Instructor at the John C. Cambell School Workshop.
  As usual, we will have a raffle of Woodturning-related items.  If you have anything you wish to donate to our Famous Raffle, please bring it with you and you will be rewarded with one free raffle ticket for each item (up to three) that you donate.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

  We will also have a Show-N-Tell session so bring your latest turnings and let us know how you made and finished them.

  If you made any Beads of Courage bowl bring them as well.

  I hope to see y’all at the meeting.

_respectfully submitted to our Famous Scribe JP Walsh! 

P.S. I wonder if our fearless Leader will bake cookies or cake? 
       Maybe with Coffee? 

P.S.S   -By The way, you have to see the Bass Shoppe. It will inspire you. Guaranteed!
            The snacks are free if you are not inspired, I promise. 
P.S.S.S   It's not too far for a fabulous evening  of wonderful woodturning creativity.

July 29, 2018

Rick Ereckson: Green Wood Techniques, Tue. Aug. 7 @ 6:30PM

   Hi there Woodturners.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Hunter House as usual.  Come early and chat with fellow turners.

  Our program this month features Rick Erexson who will present a demo showing the ins and outs of turning green wood.  This should be a very informative demo.  One caution, however: If you plan to sit in the front row, bring a rain coat or an umbrella as wet, green wood is known to throw off a bit of moisture

Ricks Creation

  As we normally do, we will hold a raffle for woodturning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have any woodturning related items you would like to donate to the raffle (wood, tools, etc.) we will gift you one ticket for each item (up to three).

  We will also have a brief show-n-tell session so bring your latest turnings and let us know how you made and finished it/them and share any interesting tidbits about your turning(s).

  If you made any Beads-of-Courage bowls (you did make a bowl or two, right?), please bring them with you.

  We are also in the process of upgrading our mini-lathes.  We have purchased one new lathe (to be debuted at the August meeting) and plan to purchase a few more.  If you know anyone interested on purchasing one of our Rikon minis, let them know we have six for sale (four Rikon 70-100s and two Rikon 70-050VS).  The 70-100s are 6-speed lathes (manual speed changes) while the 70-050vs have variable speed controls.  All are in working order but may need some minor maintenance.  They are available for viewing/testing either at the meeting or by contacting one of the board members.

  Our meetings are always free and open to the public.  If you know anyone who may be interested in learning about turning, bring them with you.  Also, spread the word about our club.  If you know any turners who are not members, bring them along as well.  We always like to meet new fellow turners so we can share ideas and learn new techniques.

See y’all on the 7th.
JPW Chief Writer for Waxhaw Woodturners

June 22, 2018

Celtic Knots- Art by Giannina July 3 @ 6:30 PM

The next Waxhaw Woodturners Meeting will be Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 PM.  We will meet at Hunter House (13428 Providence Rd., Weddington, NC).   

  The program this month will be how to insert a Celtic Knot into a turning.  Joe Giannina will be our demonstrator.  Joe will do a multimedia presentation using both physical  examples and video to show how he makes a Celtic Knot. 

                                                   Design courtesy of gmc
            Many different designs exist however Joe will demonstrate his version.

  As usual we will have a show and tell session so we can share our latest turnings and the fun we had making them.

  We will also hold a raffle for woodturning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have items you would like to donate to the raffle, we will give you one free raffle ticket for each item (up to three) that you donate.

  Last month, Moe Gingerich showed us how to make a goblet.  If you turned one, bring it in so we can share in your success.

  Did you make a Beads of Courage bowl?  Please bring your completed bowls so we can get them ready to take to Hemby Children’s Hospital for the kids they minister to.

  Looking forward to seeing everyone on July 3rd.



May 22, 2018

Hello Woodturners! June 5 at 6:30 is Almost Here

  Hello Woodturners!  
 It’s almost time for our next meeting.  We will meet at Hunter House (13428 Providence Rd., Weddington) on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 PM. Come early and enjoy the camaraderie of other turners and share your stories of woodturning successes.  Our program this month features Moe Gingerich who will show us how to make a stemmed goblet with captive rings.  Moe is an excellent turner and exceptional teacher and his demonstration should be one you won’t want to miss.

  We will, of course, hold our usual raffle of turning-related items.  Tickets are $!.00 each or six for $5.00.  If you have items to donate to the raffle, please bring them to the meeting.  For each item (up to three) you donate, we will gift you with one free raffle ticket. 

  For the show-n-Tell portion of the meeting, please bring in your latest turnings to show off and tell us about the process you used to turn and finish your object d’art.  This is also a great time to bring in those difficult items that gave you some headaches; the gathered assembly should have some answers to your turning woes.

  Don’t forget to bring in any Beads of Courage bowls you may have completed this past month.  The staff at Hemby Children’s Hospital was very appreciative of our last donation of  almost 20 bowls and we want to make sure we have a steady flow of BoC bowls for the kids going through surgeries and procedures.

  Last month Gary Janes showed us how to make a Bird’s Mouth bowl.  Did you accept the challenge to make one?  If you did, bring it in to share your experience with the other turners.



April 18, 2018

Bird's Mouth Bowl by Gary Janes! May 1,2018

   Hey there fellow Woodturners, our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 PM at Hunter House (13428 Providence Rd, Weddington).   Come early to chat with fellow turners and have a soft drink.

Our program for the meeting will be presented by Gary Janes who will show us how to turn a bird’s mouth bowl.


  This is a fun bowl to turn.  Gary will also talk about safety around the lathe as we can never have too many reminders about what we need to do (or not do) around rapidly spinning wood and the application of sharp tools to the spinning wood.  Finally, since we are getting ready to participate in the Waxhaw Kaleidoscope Fest (May 19 & 20), Gary will also demonstrate the turning of spinning tops which we give away to the kids stopping by our booth.

   Did I mention Beads of Courage (BoC) bowls? No? Well let’s not forget to bring in those BoC bowls so we can continue to supply them to Hemby Children’s Hospital for their young and courageous, seriously ill patients.
   Raffle time.  We have raffle tickets for sale.  $1.00 each of 6 for $5.00.  We’ll have some turning materials (wood, that is) as well as some turning-related tools and trinkets.  Bring in an item to donate to the raffle and you’ll receive a free raffle ticket (up to three items).
   Don’t forget to bring in the turnings you’ve made over the past month to share with everyone during the Show-n-Tell portion of the meeting.  

   We still need volunteers to help with the Waxhaw spring festival, AKA Kaleidoscope Fest.  We need folks to help pack up the trailer at Hunter House, unload and set up at the festival on Saturday, turn tops and talk with festival goers on Saturday and Sunday, breakdown and pack up on Sunday afternoon and then load the trailer back at Hunter House.  Please contact Rick Erexson to volunteer.  We have a few folks already but need a few more.
   Guests are always welcome at our meetings.  If you know anyone interested in learning about wood turning, bring them along and introduce them to the other members.  No experience necessary.
6:30 PM for start.....come early in case the moat is full of alligators.

March 22, 2018

April 3, 2018 Tuesday @ 6:30 PM

Hey there fellow woodturners.  Once again, we’re just under two weeks away from our next gathering.  We’ll meet at Hunter House* at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 3.   Our program for this month features Joe Giannina turning a winged bowl similar to this one:

                                                       Winged Bowl

Joe will walk us through the entire process from raw blank to turned bowl to safety tips to prevent nicking fingers on the sharp, pointy wings.  This looks to be a really fun demo.

Come early to chat with your fellow turners and share you tales of turning experiences.  

We also welcome visitors and guests.  No experience required to attend a meeting.

If you haven’t paid your dues for 2018 yet, our treasurer, Dave McKeithan, will gladly accept your payment at the meeting.  Paid members will have name tags available.  Dues are $30/year for single memberships and $45/year for a family membership.

As usual, we will hold a raffle for turning-related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have any extra wood, spare turning tools or accessories you no longer need, or other woodworking items you would like to donate to the raffle, please bring them to the meeting.  For each raffle item you donate (up to three) you will receive one free  raffle ticket.

What did you make this month?  Whatever you made, bring it with you to the meeting to share during the show-n-tell portion of the evening.  We’d really like to see your turning treasures and know about the fun time you had making them.

The Town of Waxhaw is holding its annual Spring festival on May 19 and 20 in downtown Waxhaw (Main Street).  We would like to participate but to do so we need several folks to help us load up the trailer, set up at the festival, man the lathes on Saturday and Sunday, pack up after the festival closes and unload the trailer back at our meeting place.  We need at least four folks to do the pack up on Friday the 18th, three or four to set up on Saturday morning, eight folks to man the lathes during the weekend in two to four hour shifts and four folks to break down, pack up and unload on Sunday.  If you can help, please let Kim, Bob, Dave or me know ASAP, so we can plan to get our application into the festival committee. Remember, this is one of the ways we gain new members so please take some time to join us at the festival and have fun turning tops for the kiddies and chatting with potential new members and turners.  We’ll talk more about this at the meeting but don’t wait until then to let us know how you can help.

We delivered 18 Beads of Courage bowls to the Child Life Center at Novant/Hemby Children’s Hospital on March 21.  The hospital staff were ecstatic.  Here’s a photo of our President, Kim Bass with the staff and some of the bowls.

  Beads of Courage bowls delivered !

We could not have done this without your support and turned bowls.  We send a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this effort.  Let’s keep up the momentum and bring in more bowls.

See you on the 3rd.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington.  If using a GPS, use Matthews as the city.

February 22, 2018

Demo for You. March 6, 2017- Three Piece Box

  In less than two weeks we will hold our third meeting of the year.  We’ll meet at Hunter House * at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 6.  This month’s demo will be how to turn a three piece box.  This type of box features a central core of one type wood with top and bottom of a different, contrasting species.  Yours truly will be the demonstrator so please refrain from needless heckling.  Payments for kind and gentle comments will be considered.

  As usual we will also be spotlighting our raffle and show and tell programs.  If you have anything you no longer need on your shops (tools, wood, kits, tuna recipes, etc.) please bring them to donate for the raffle. For each item you donate (up to three) we’ll present you with a free raffle ticket.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Keep in mind, the raffle is one of the key methods we use to raise funds for the club.

  Bring your latest turnings for Show and Tell and let us know the backstory behind your miracle from wood.

  Last meeting we challenged you to make a Beads of Courage (BoC) lidded bowl to donate to the kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital.  Many thanks to those who have already made and donated bowls.  We would really appreciate it if you bring a BoC bowl with you to the March meeting.  

  Oh, and here’s another challenge.  Gary Janes has stepped up and has already made three BoC bowls.

    The one on the middle is made from plywood.  You are definitely going to want to know how this bowl kicked his butt.  

  Are you going to let Gary show you up? 

   I  you need details on the bowl requirements, please see

  Here’s hoping we’ll see you at the March meeting.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington, NC (if using a GPS, use Matthews for the city)

January 26, 2018

February 6, 2018 with Rick Erexson and Beads of Courage

  Hi there, fellow woodturners.  It’s that time again!  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Hunter House* for an evening of camaraderie, turning and chips of the wood variety.

  Our demonstrator this month is Rick Erexson who will show us how to make a Beads of Courage bowl.  Beads of Courage is a wonderful program designed to support children who are suffering from long-term, serious diseases who have to undergo many medical procedures.  For each procedure, the young patient is given a bead which will eventually be strung on necklaces.  The bowls woodturners make are used to house the individual beads and necklaces.  

    Image result for beads of Courage    Want to make a sick child smile?

                                        Image result for beads of courage bowl
                   Just one example.....Rick Erexson will certainly inspire you.........
                                 ....and the kids will smile a BIG one!

                         **** Beads of Courage website:  Beads of Courage

  After this meeting, we encourage y’all to make a bowl and bring it to the March meeting.  We will then take them to Hemby Children’s Hospital for distribution to their young recipients.  This is one of our Community Outreach programs so please come to the February meeting to learn the ins and outs of the Beads of Courage bowl so you can make them on your own.

  Dues are due for 2018.  If you have not yet paid, please do so as soon as practical.  

  Dave McKeithan, our new Treasurer, has redone the name badges.  Look for an email from him explaining the new badges.

  BTW, did you know we have a Facebook page?  Moe Gingerich set it up for us and we encourage y’all to post pictures of your turnings, tips you’ve come across or questions to other members.  If you are a FB member, search for Waxhaw Woodturners.  Click the       Join'   icon and Moe will grant you (FREE!) access. 

  When you go to the WWT Facebook page, check out the steady rest that Joe Giannina made and posted.  He has graciously donated it to the club.  Many thanks, Joe.

  The AAW has an exciting new membership promotion for first-time AAW members, which began in December 2017. Below is a summary of the details.
  • FOR JUST $20, individuals may sign up for a three-month introductory AAW membership that includes a mailed issue of American Woodturner journal. When the introductory three-month membership period ends, individuals may renew by upgrading to a full general AAW membership for just $40.
  • Only individuals who have NEVER been AAW members are eligible for the introductory three-month membership offer.
  • The introductory three-month membership offer is available to individuals ONE TIME ONLY.
  Each introductory three-month AAW membership includes the benefits of AAW membership for three full months, including one printed copy of the American Woodturner journal, and access for three months to Woodturning FUNdamentals, AAW EXPLORE! Discover Woodturning, AAW Connects, AAW Forum, the world's largest woodturning tips library, safety resources, learning and mentoring materials, grant opportunities, specialty programming, services, and more.
  As usual, we will be holding a raffle for woodturning-related items.  If you have anything laying around your shops you no longer need or use, please donate it to the raffle.  Your donations will earn you a free raffle ticket for each item (up to three).  Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

  We will also have our Show-n-Tell session where you may dazzle us with your latest creations.  Please bring your recent turnings and share their stories with the membership.

  If you are an AAW member (and we encourage everyone to sign up) you can view all of the past American Woodturner magazines electronically by using the AAW app which is available for Apple and Android devices.  Want to turn something you saw in an older American Woodturner issue?  Search for it on the app.

  I look forward to seeing y’all at the meeting on Tuesday the 6th.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington, NC (if using a GPS, use Matthews for the city)