VOLUME VIII†††††††††††† ISSUE 17†††† July 11, 2003


Meetings 7:30 PM; Second Thursday

Hamburg Middle School

360 Division Street

Hamburg, New York




The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, August 14, 2003, at 7:00 pm.


The meeting will be at Jedís Place!!!





On August 2&3, at Barbís Barn, Kurt Hertzog will present a free program on sharpening and use of the skew.


Space is limited. The sessions are open to Turners 1 and Turners 2 on a
first come, first serve basis. Contact Barb Berger to set aside your space. There is no charge for either workshop, but as is the accepted practice a donation of $5 per student per session to Barb's will be required. These donations help defray the expenses of the Barn. Bring your own lunch. As we'll break each day around noon (per the Hilburger Rule) for lunch.


Saturday, August 2nd - 9am to 3:30pm - Sharpening and Cutting Fundamentals

You'll need to bring your entire collection of tools, your grinder, and your
mini-lathe. We'll cover grinding wheel selection, grinding wheel
handling/balancing/truing/dressing, tool angles, shaping, sharpening, jigs
and fixtures, tool steels, and more. The majority of the day will be understanding sharpening and getting all of your tools into proper shape.
Shaped at the proper angles and sharp, with you having done it! The rest of
the day will reviewing and practicing (doing projects) the proper cutting
techniques when your tools are ground to the proper geometry and sharp. How
to avoid catches by understanding the cutting process and the various ways
of using your tools.

Who should come... If you have a hard time getting your tools sharpened
properly, if you have a tools that you continually get catches with, if you
want to break the bad habits you've picked up, if you are a new comer and
need the fundamentals, if you want to refine you current techniques, or if
you just want to pick up some tips.

Sunday, August 3rd - 9am to 3:30pm - Mastering the Skew Chisel

You'll need to bring your skew chisel(s) ready for action and your
mini-lathe. If you don't have your skew(s) ready for use, see the session
above. We'll spend the entire day working with the skew. You'll learn how it
should be shaped, how it should be sharpened, how it can be used, what to
watch out for, and more. Bring your flat skews, oval skews, round skews, big
skews, small skews, and anything that can be construed as a skew. If they
need to be put into shape and you can't attend the session above, bring your
grinder as well and you'll learn to shape/sharpen them. Part of the day will
be lecture and demonstration and the bulk of the day will be practice
projects to get you plenty of skew time. You learn how to use each of the
different styles of skews and how to do it as "catch free" as possible.

Who should come... If you are terrified of the skew, if you get too many
catches with it, if you don't know how to use one, if you want to come and
learn more about it, or if you want to pick up some tips.





The August 14, meeting will be at Jed Donahueís


Need directions?

Call or e-mail, Jed or Jake



Jed has extended an invitation to all members to come early, 6:ish would be nice, and socialize a bit prior to the meeting.


The demo will start at 7:00 pm., followed by the meeting (summertime brief) and show and tell. After the meeting we will have several mini-lathes set up for anyone wishing to experiment or request advice on turning techniques. Looks to be a really enjoyable evening with plenty going on.


Last nightís rain didnít dampen the spirits of the small but congenial group who watched as Harry Hunt described and demoed some of the techniques he uses to make various three legged stools. Thanks to Harry and especially Barb for the evening.