WNY WOODTURNERS II

VOLUME XI†††††††† ISSUE 46 March 2006

Meetings 7:30 PM; Second Thursday

Hamburg Middle School

360 Division Street

Hamburg, New York

 

http://www.wnywoodturners.com

 

The next scheduled meeting is Thursday April 137:30 pm

 

The Presidentís Corner by Kurt Hertzog

Learning woodturning is a life long endeavor. While there are many who learn quickly, there is always something that can be added to your repertoire regardless of your skill level. Many of our members are brand new to the turning world and itís quite easy to provide a forum for them to learn the basics and build on those. They can learn from many of our own members, club demos, and our workshops.

 

The more advanced turners are more difficult to provide a learning environment for. They have mastered the basics and are usually following the path of materials and designs that interest them. Providing material and a learning forum for these folks represents a challenge since their interests and needs are more diverse.

 

We try to address both of these situations in the learning levels and interests by varying the topics and skill levels for our meeting demos. We also try to do it when we bring in outside professionals. Sometimes we are successful at keeping everyone, regardless of level, interested and learning. Sometimes we donít. One of the things we must balance is catering to all levels. If we only present beginner materials, the more experienced tend to drift away because they donít gain anything. If we present too much more advanced materials, the beginners are disheartened and drift away. Itís a fine balance since a club without all skill levels suffers.

 

Make sure you express your ideas for demonstrations and workshops. The more suggestions we have, the more varied and interesting we can make the meetings. Be sure to consider volunteering yourself. If you are willing to demo, youíll find yourself in an interesting situation. Youíll work hard to prepare so youíll hone your skills. Youíll see what itís like to be in front of the crowd and itíll give you a new perspective. Youíll also find that while it might be a frightening thought, once youíve done it, itís really a lot of fun. Itís easy to say that itís easy for some people to do. Guess what? They didnít get proficient at it by magic. They stared at the very beginning and the more they did demos, the better they got at it.

 

You can learn by reading, watching, doing, and teaching. All of these will help you progress. Make sure you mix them all together in your woodturning learning journey.

 

Thanks, Kurt

 

 

President Kurt Hertzog opened the meeting promptly at 7:30. Our only guest this evening was Brian Mazuchowski, Paulís son.

 

Announcements

 April Demo: Mike and Debbie Hachey will be putting on the program.

 

Jake announced that the Jimmy Clewes hands-on workshop is sold out. Also, that the Toy Museum demo was a success and thanked all of the members that helped.

 

Jake also, wants all members to check and make sure that your dues are up to date. See or e-mail Jay Ferrand if youíre not sure. These were due in January.

 

Kurt brought in a flyer for

a 11ĒDelta lathe for sale for $150.00. If interested you can call Kevin at 947-4768

 

Treasure Jay Ferrand reports the following for the month of Dec.

 

STARTING BALANCE 1911.39

DESCRIPTION

PETTY CASH EXPENSE

PETTY CASH RECIEPT

PETTY CASH BALANCE

BANK ACCOUNT EXPENSE

BANK ACCOUNT RECEIPT

BANK ACCOUNT BALANCE

TOTAL CLUB BALANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBER DUES

 

 

 

 

 100.00

 

 

50/50

 

 24.00

 

 

 

 

 

SECRETARY EXPENSE

 

 

 

39.24

 

 

 

JIMMY CLEWES SEMINAR

 

 

 

 

760.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUB INSURANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

0.00

24.00

71.95

39.24

860.00

2684.20

2756.15

 

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Old Business

Tickets are available from Steve Imerese forthe John Jordon demos being held at Pembroke High School on Oct 14 & 15. Cost is $20.00 each session or $35.oo for both days.

Kurt hand out new updated membership lists with addresses and e-mail addresses. He also announces that he has set up a secure site on the website if you need to look up a memberís information. This is a membership only site.

 

 

New Business

 Kurt presented two new videos in DVD format that he thought would be a good addition to our library. One on carving for tunings by Tony Cortese, and one on finishing secrets by Russ Fairfield. The motion to purchase these for the library won unanimous.

 

The Erie county fair is Aug 9 Ė 20. Keep the dates in mind and start turning some items so we have a good supply of items to sell for this worthy cause. Start now and bring the items to club meetings. Weíll store them. It is never too early to begin projects for this event.

 

Kurt announce that it is time to think about officers for next year, All of the offices will be vacated by the present people except secretary, I will continue in that capacity. David Breth has volunteered to be the new Librarian. So that leaves vacancies for President, Vice- president, Treasurer, and Web Master. We need help from the members to fill these vacancies. Itís time for new people to give back to the club. I finally got persuaded how about the rest of you.

 

 

Show and Tell

Kurt Hertzog: 10Ē a two tiered tray, pen& pen holder,,& letter opener all made out of one block of wood and all with hand cut spirals. A tray and some tops for the fair.

David Breth: cherry bowl with hand cut base, & a sycamore bowl

Rick Wierzbicki: pool cue out of birdís eye maple, bubigna, ash, and deer antler. Also, some pool cue chalk holders for the fair.

John Chavanne: box elder vase with a southwestern flair to it

Lee Rose: segmented bowl made out of 2 x 4 with a stained rim

Gerry Guenther: walnut salad bowl set with large bowl, tongs and small bowls all embellished with wood burned and painted flowers to match.

Bob Colins: 2 spalted maple bowls

Jake Debski: soft maple burl bowl and beech burl bowl

Paul Mazuchowski: pens made out of different burls

John Bathrick: his first bowl out of green wood

Gordon Fritz: Memo stand out of maple

Gerry Guenther: a tulip poplar bowl. The largest to date he has made.

Ben Martinke: His first pen made out of black & white ebony.

 

Drawings

David Breth: Rocklerís

John Bathrick: Craft Supply

Jerry Weisedel: 50/50

 

 

 

DEMO

 Jerry Weisedel gave a demo on how to turn one of David Springetts projects form his book Woodturning Wizardry. It was a sphere with 14 holes and a block inside all made out of solid 3Ē cube of wood. It is one of those projects that have the observer scratching their head and wondering: ďHow was that done?Ē It is a repetitive project requiring drill bits, specialized tools, specialized clamps, and lots of patience to be successful. Well, success comes part of time as Jerry will attest to. Iím sure anyone attempting this could turn to Jerry for both help in making the specialized tools and clamps along with ways to handle the frustration.

Our thanks go to Jerry for sharing this project with us.

 

ELMERíS CORNER

 I found this one in this months Wood Magazine. If youíre tired of tripping over that extension cord on your shop floor try this. Hang them high using a simple suspension cable. Use two screw eyes fastened into your ceiling and string clothes line through it. Slip metal shower curtain hangers over it. Thread your extension cord through the rings and secure the cord to the rings with wire ties. When youíre done the whole thing will slide to the side out of the way. Sounds like and answer to one my problems in my shop.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Muriel Kummer