Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of August 02, 2012 Meeting


Maryvale High School Woodshop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225


36 Regular members present at the start of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order 1910 hours by Jim Vasi. Steve Imerese was not able to attend.  In addition, we had a guest present who was introduced by Norm Kosmerl as Tom Brittain. 



50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $25.00  was drawn and awarded, once again, to Club Photographer Brian “Lucky Dog“ Effinger.  The winning numbers were verified by Norm Kosmerl our Treasurer, and everything appeared to be on the up-and-up!    


Treasurer’s Report by: Norm Kosmerl:

July 2012 Activity:                                                                


Available balance July 01, 2012                                          $ 3,922.53              

Receipts:         50/50 Club                                                            23.00                  

                        Sale of hats                                                            36.00      


Expenses:       Tool repair parts (lathe) by Jim Vasi                 61.48      


Balance as of 08/01/12                                                      $ 3,920.05      


Business Items:

Well, the 2012 Fair Season is here and we are as ready as we can be for the start up.  Some of the members and the Fair committee worked at the Carvers building on Saturday the 4th, getting the shelves, lights, security shades, and lathes in order.  Thank you all, gentlemen for the help.  It is appreciated.


The Erie County Fair starts August 8th, and runs to August 19th, 2012.  There are still a few opening on the schedule for working the tables, and if you would like to help please contact Richard Mialki.  Brianne Corbett has posted the 2012 schedule on our webpage for your information and convenience.  Please note: you can not enter or change any information on this webpage, it must be done by contacting Richard Mialki by phone or e-mail with any information on how you can help. 

Our webpage will be updated and re-posted at regular intervals as changes or additions are made.  Thank you, Brianne for handling this for us.  You are doing a great job.   


Brian Effinger and Richard Mialki advised us of a couple of upcoming Demos in the near future.  The Pembroke Club is trying to schedule Andy Cole for October 6th, 2012 which is the first Saturday in October.  Mr. Cole will do natural edge bowls, among other topics.  More will follow when the date is actually scheduled.  You can check out his work at the website .à  http://www.andycolewoodturning.com


Also Richard Mialki advised that there will be a hands on class at Barb Berger’s barn on September 16, 2012.  Ray Bisonette will demo offset turning for a limited number of turners.  Here is the information:


                 Barb's Barn Eccentric Turning Barn Session

September 16, 2012 9 A.M. till mid afternoon.

                           Instructor: Ray Bissonette

Minimum of 8 (max 10) people for one day session to introduce off-center turning. 
MUST RESERVE SPOT NO LATER THAN SEPT. 1 First come, first served

               contact Barb- 652-4156 or gramabbb@aol.com

Participants should arrive with:

1.      Stock for one or two pieces — two lengths of stock 7-10" by 2" or 
thicker. Softer wood (poplar, mahogany, cherry, etc.) for starters. 
Glued or solid optional. (BARN WILL SUPPLY #1, THE PRACTICE PIECE)

Chisels should include a bowl, spindle gouge, each 3/8", and maybe a 
round nose scraper. Bring external diameter calipers if you wish. One 
step will require hollowing end grain. I use a spindle gouge and small 
round nose scraper for this, but you may prefer other methods. If you 
want to save yourself some time, hollow one end of your stock about an 
inch deep in advance, but if you do this, you'll need a live cone center 
to stabilize the piece while working the cup section.

Goggles at least, but hoods are good!

4.    Scroll chuck. (I do not use eccentric chucks. If you have one and 
know how to use it, your choice).

5.    BYO- Lunch, dessert provided ( water will be available, more exotic beverages must arrive with you).

 On completion of the session, you will have one or two finished pieces, 
either candelabra or small goblet design, and the skill and confidence 
to work independently.


There is no fee for the class other than a $5.00 donation charge to help offset the expenses for the barn use. 


Of special note:

Please be advised that there are 11 members who have not paid their 2012 dues.   If you are one of these individuals would you please contact Norm Kosmerl as soon as possible and advise him of your club status/intentions. 


Show and Tell participants included:

The show and tell portion was given by Brianne Corbett, Jim Vasi, Bob Ball, Don O’Connor, Norm Kosmerl, and Brian Effinger.  Thank you!   


Club Demonstration:    

There was not a demo scheduled for this meeting, as it was our pre-fair meeting at which refreshments were served.  However, we are always looking for members to do demonstrations or give us some ideas for our programs.  If you would like to do a demo for us, have any new ideas, or are just interested in learning something specific, mention it to one of the Vice President’s committee members.  I am sure that they will do their best to produce results.  The committee members are:  Jim Cunning, Paul Wilhelm, and Brian Young.    


Next Meeting/Demo:    

Our next meeting will be at the Maryvale High School Shop on Thursday September 06, 2012 at 1900 hours (7:00 pm.) sharp.  There is not a demo scheduled as of the time of this newsletter.    


This meeting was concluded at 2020 hours (8:20 pm), and snacks were served to all.


See you at the Fair!   





J. A. Mussari – jmussari01@yahoo.com