WNY WOODTURNERS II
Meetings 7:30 PM; Second Thursday
Note: see below for directions to Mike Zientekís where meeting will be held.
The Presidentís Corner by Kurt Hertzog
One of the best reasons to join an AAW Chapter (or any woodturning group) is to learn. Those interested in learning to turn, or expand their turning expertise, will have plenty of opportunities to see the work of others, watch demos at meetings, befriend other members for mentoring, and attend various outside learning forums. Attending and paying attention is all thatís required. However, the amount of learning varies depending on the amount of attention paid and the amount of practice and experimentation done afterwards. The key words are ďpractice and experimentationĒ. If you sit through the demos or see an interesting idea at a meeting, you wonít maximize your benefit from it by just watching it. Youíll need to practice it, master it, and then continue to experiment with it to fit it into your own repertoire. The osmosis of the information in doesnít guarantee itíll come back out in usable form by magic. It takes some effort by you.
My reason for bringing up the subject is to get people thinking about taking advantage of the opportunities available. Weíve already spoken about watching club demos and seeing work of others at the meetings. What about one on one help or mentoring? Some clubs have a formal mentoring program and others donít. Regardless of the formalness of the mentoring program, have you ever asked another club member or turning acquaintance for some help? If you havenít, you may be surprised when you do. Iíve never experienced another turner who wouldnít take the time to help, particularly if you are eager to learn and have a specific need they can help with. Youíll need to fit their schedule and meet at the most appropriate location. Is that too much to ask for their time and expertise helping YOU can learn something theyíve already mastered? If itís important to you, you should be able to fit their availability versus whining about how nobody can seem to meet your schedule.
the great learning opportunities is outside events that are available. Have you
ever attended the multi-club turning events held at the local Rockler store, the club picnics, or the fundraising turning
event at the county fair? These events bring turners from many local clubs to
another venue where you can watch, learn, practice, and build friendships.
Whether you are an absolute novice, an accomplished beginner, or very
experienced, you are welcome to come and participate. Sometimes youíll be
giving. Other times youíll be taking. Most often, youíll be doing a bit of
both. The point is, if you donít attend the event youíll never have the chance
to do either. What about the national events? Many members say that the cost of
attending the annual national turning events (Utah Woodturning Symposium in
My point is that your opportunities to learn turning and expand your horizons are limited by YOU! You have many chances to learn from your friends and neighbors or some of the most famous turners in the world for either free or a very modest sum.† YOU need to take advantage of these opportunities. Itís not the clubís responsibility to teach you how to turn. Itís your responsibility to learn from the opportunities presented to you by the club.
New members Gail Warzel and Marci Bonnet were welcomed
meeting will be held a Mike Zientekís shop at 8653 Hunters
Directions to Mikeís shop:
Springville-Boston: Take Rt 16 North to light
We need items for the fair. Turn up some and Jake will store them. It takes a lot of product to sell and raise $6000 or more forĒ Make a WishĒ. So get out on that lathe and make some things that we can sell at the fair for the kids.
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 then receive an announcement that the newsletter has been posted to the website via e-mail each month. It would help defer some of the cost the club spends each month.
Rich Mialki gave a report on fair. People are encouraged to sign up to either sell or demo turning to help the Make a wish cause.
Tickets for the John Jordon demo in Oct. are available. See Kurt or Lance
Items from the Library are missing. The librarian will be calling people with outstanding items.
†Club received a letter from Nashville Tennessee Symposium to be held Aug 12th & 13th.
Bob Weisidel has extra black walnut. You may contact him at992-9833 if youíre interested in some.
Gary Jones has 2 honey locust trees down. Call him at 662-1310 if interested in some.
Show and Tell
Rich Mialki: spinner toy
Paul Mazuchowski: a retro bowl
Jake Debski: lidded box;
Brian Mazuchowski: small bowl with votive for Motherís Day gift
Gerry Rucker: vase with wood burning and painted decoration
Bill Perry: Natural edged bowl
Dan Vucic: bowl
Jerry Weisedel: small platter & pens
Winners in the staff gift competition were: Jake Debski, Paul Mazuchowski, Kurt Hertzog, and Jerry Weisedel. Congratulation to all.
Gary Jones: Rockler
Jake Debski: Craft Supply
Ron Hudson: 50/50
Kurt Hertzog gave the demo on sharpening and turning with an Ellsworth gouge. Thank you Kurt for sharing this information with the members.
Hereís one I found in Woodsmith: When wiping off excess stain in confined areas or inside corners, use a wedge-shaped cosmetic sponge. The sharp defined edges allow you to get stain out of tight areas without leaving any smears.