March 7, 2019

March Program:  Vacuum Chucks and How to Use Them

Our next meeting is on March 5 at 6:30 PM.  We will be meeting at Kim and Jeff’s shop at 14588 Bethel Ave Ext, Midland, NC.  Come early to help set up and chat with fellow turners.

This month’s demo will be on a system that is but one way to securely hold bowls and other items for finishing the bottom.  Joe Giannina will be discussing and showing how to build and use a vacuum chuck.  This looks to be a great demo.  Vacuum chucks don’t need to be overly complicated nor do they need to be prohibitively expensive.  There are many options when it comes to vacuum chucks and Joe will show us how to build and use a reasonably affordable system.

We need to start planning for the Waxhaw Kaleidoscope Festival which is going to be held on Saturday, May 18 in downtown Waxhaw.  We will set up two or three mini lathes and turn spinning tops and other small items to give away to the youngsters attending the festival with their parental units. Clear your calendars for May 18.  More info will be available at the meeting.

BTW, Dues were due on January 1.  If you have not yet paid, please do so at the upcoming meeting.  Dues for single members are $30/year and for families, $45/year.  Don’t see your name tag?  That means you've likely not paid your dues.

We are still collecting Beads of Courage bowls.  Please bring completed bowls to the meeting.

We are rapidly approaching the deadline for submitting names to AAW for the discounted symposium fees. So far I have only received names for two people and we need at least ten to take advantage of the discount.  We are also looking for volunteers to help out with lathe raffle ticket sales at the symposium and to help in the tool room.  If you are interested please see Rick Erexson (raffle) or me (tool room).

As usual, we will be holding a raffle for woodturning related items.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you have anything (wood, tools, jigs, etc.) laying around the shop/garage that is turning related and you can’t remember a) when you last used it or b) why you bought in the first place, donate it to the raffle.  For each donated item, up to a maximum of three, you will receive one free raffle ticket.

Bring your latest turnings to show off during the Show-n-Tell portion of the evening’s program.  Let us know what you made, and how easy/difficult it was and any lessons learned you may have gleaned from your turning experience.

January 22, 2019

Rick Eickson: Super Explanation of Green Wood Advantages Feb 5, 2019

  Well, hi there, woodturners.   It’s almost that time again.  We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll be in Kim and Jeff Bass’ shop once again.  The address is 14588 Bethel Ave Ext, Midland, NC.

   This month’s program features Rick Erexson who will show us how to turn green bowls.  Rick will explain the advantages of turning green and also discuss some the reasons to turn seasoned wood as a contrast.  This should be a great demo as bowl turning is probably the number one thing done on the lathe and we all could use some pointers on how to turn bowls. This is especially true for us as we need to turn a lot more Beads of Courage bowls.  More on that later.


  On Saturday, February 9 at 1: 00 PM, Rick will lead us in a workshop on bowl turning as a follow on to his demo.  We’ll have a sign up sheet at the meeting.  Rick will supply the blanks for the workshop from a tree that “fell” in his yard (don’t tell his wife 😉).  Bring your bowl gouges and other turning tools, a face shield and your enthusiasm.  

  During the meeting on the 5th, we will hold a raffle for turning related items (tools, accessories, wood, etc.).  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If you wish to donate any similar items to the raffle, we will give you a free raffle ticket for each item (up to three) that you donate.

  Following the raffle we will hold the show-n-tell session.  Bring your latest turnings to show and share your experiences.  You did turn a Nisse Doll after the last meeting, right?  

  Don’t forget to bring in any Beads of Courage bowls you’ve made so we can help out the kids at Hemby Children’s Hospital.

  If you are going to go to the AAW Symposium in Raleigh this July and you want to take advantage of a discounted registration fee, please come prepared to write a check for the fee. If we get 10 AAW members to sign up together, AAW will discount your fee by 10%.  That’s a savings of $32.50 which you can put toward buying stuff from the 100+ vendors who will be tempting us with their wares.

  Remember guests are always welcome.  If you have family or friends who may be interested in learning a little bit about woodturning, please bring them with you.  

I hope to see y’all on the 5th.