VOLUME XI         ISSUE 47 April 2006

Meetings 7:30 PM; Second Thursday

Hamburg Middle School

360 Division Street

Hamburg, New York




The next scheduled meeting is Thursday May 11  7:30 pm


The President’s Corner by Kurt Hertzog


With the coming of summer, we have several items that we need to address. We need to collect the items we donate to the school staff, arrange for our summer meeting locations, and get going on our efforts for the Erie County Fair.


As we’ve done in past years, we’ll collect turnings done and donated by our members for the school staff. We have a great location to use and the school management and staff is great to us. The donation of turnings is only a small “thank you” for their hospitality and kindness. Please bring in something you’ve turned to donate to the cause. We’ll have a display of the donations at our June meeting (the 8th). While all of the donations are “winners”, we’ll have a mini contest of voting and award three prizes of $35 each. Bring in something you’re proud of and you could go home with bragging rights and 35 in cash.


Our usual meeting location at the school is closed for the summer. We like to offer a meeting during July and August, even if they a more lightly attended. Some of us are year around turners. For many years, Barb and Jed have offered their homes as meeting places. We certainly appreciate their kindness. I would like to see if we have other opportunities so we don’t have to impose on Barb and Jed each year. We really don’t need a huge shop. If someone has enough room to handle the 15 or 20 folks who usually attend, we’d be in great shape. We need someplace to park and some cover in case of rain. If you have the capability to be our host and are willing to, let me know. We may explore meeting in one of the parks at a pavilion.


At our last meeting, I was soliciting a volunteer to help co-chair the Erie County Fair effort. For many years, Lyle Foell, Jim Hilburger, and Bob Ball have been the mainstays. Not only have they been the organizing group but also the real workhorses putting in huge amounts of time at the fair. We’re giving them a rest and need to have one member from each club to spearhead the organizing, staffing, and stock solicitation efforts. Steve Imerese has volunteered to do it for club 1. We need a volunteer to help Steve. The fair is rapidly approaching and we’ve got to get going on our planning efforts. Last year (and for some years in a row), we raised over $6000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of WNY. It’ll take a big effort to continue at that level. If you can help and work with Steve, let me know. The Fair will run from Wednesday, August 9 to Sunday, August 20. Put the dates on your calendar so you’ll be able to help staff the effort.


Thanks, Kurt



President Kurt Hertzog opened the meeting promptly at 7:30. Our only guest this evening was Jay Zimmer




 May Demo: Jim Meier will do a demo on alternative chucking. You don’t have to have an expense chuck to turn.


Jimmy Clewes Demo May 6 & 7: participants will have choices of some of the following activities to work on: square turning, lidded boxes, spindle turning or trouble spots ( a particular tool  or technique that you would like help with)


A reminder from Jake that you can start bringing in items for the school staff that we donate to them every year as a thank you for letting us hold our meetings at the Junior High free of charge. At the June meeting we will have our contest for the best with prizes for the 3 best vote getters. All items brought in will be donated to the staff.


Rockler’s are having a guild day on Sat. April 22 from 10 -2.   They are also having more events coming up one of them being Pen for Freedom on May 20. If you want to participate in these events just show up on these days.


Tickets for the John Jordon demo in Oct. are available. See Kurt.


If you’re interested in a lathe John Walkden has a Record lathe for sale.  It includes 8 tools, a table with drawers, 2 doors with pull out shelves.  It’s 32” and will extend to 60”. Cost: $400.00 Number to call: 652-6683


This is the information about the corian pieces that Rich Mialki told us about at the meeting. They can be purchased at Shannon Enterprises of WNY Inc., 75 Main St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Tele: 716-693-7954


If your are receiving a hard copy of this newsletter and have an e-mail address, please send that address Kurt Hertzog at KHERTZOG@ROCHESTER.RR.COM.  You would receive an announcement that the newsletter is posted to the website via e-mail each month. It would help defer some or the cost the club spends each month.


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















































































Old Business

 At the toy Museum event in East Aurora, Paul Mazuchowski was asked by Nancy Hughes if he knew anyone who would be interested in turning a the Alden Farmer’s Market on the following days: Sat June 17 from 10:30 to 1:00 and Sat Oct 7, form 8:30 – 1:00. You could sell your product also. If interested call Nancy at: 716-937-0103 or e-mail her at NHUGES@ROCHESTER.RR.COM


The fair is fast approaching. Start turning so we have enough items to sell when Aug. rolls around. Bring them in and we’ll store them. A few each month adds up.



New Business


We need a chairman to coordinate the fair endeavor. Steve Imerse will chair for Turner’s I and Rich Mialki has volunteered to co-chair form club II if he can rearrange some other things.



Show and Tell

Kurt Hertzog: 10” spalted maple bowl, pen blanks made using the scroll saw and gluing wood for different configurations, and bottle stoppers for the fair

Debbie Hachey: bud vase made out of ambrosia maple

Mike Hachey:  a nut cracker bowl

John Chavanne: 2 small lidded boxes

Rich Mialki: flowers made out of purpleheart and a purpleheart fluted bowl

Ron Hudson: mahogany bowl, spalted maple lidded box, ring holders, and egg cups for the fair

Paul Mazuchowski: bottle corks for the fair

Jake Debski: flat rectangular bowl

Ned Evans: cherry peppermill and some pens

Bob Harrington: assorted pens

Muriel Kummer 2 salt & peppermill sets; big leaf maple burl and one laminated out of ebony, maple, & bubinga



Ned Evans: Rockler’s

Rich Mialki: Craft Supply

Bob Harrington: 50/50

Pepper Weinheimer: Jim Meier donation: CA glue accelerant





 Mike and Debbie Hachey presented a very informative and thorough demo on pen turning.  They covered this craft from the very beginning stage of types of pens and parts, what bushings are and what ones are needed; types of material to make pens out of; the tools needed; the jigs needed for drilling, cutting blanks, putting the pen together; preparing the pen blanks; types of glue used; turning and finishing. They also shared ideas for unique pens, different jigs and many tips to make this fun and possibly a lucrative project. Thank You Mike and Debbie for sharing your talent, skill and tips with us.




If you have a shop tip you’re willing to share with the club members, please e-mail it to me so I can put it in the newsletter. Kummer210@msn.com


Respectfully submitted,

Muriel Kummer