ISSUE 5 October
Meetings 7:30 PM; Second Thursday
Hamburg Junior High School
360 Division Street
Next scheduled meeting November 8 at 7:30 pm.
The October meeting was called to order promptly at 7:30. President Ron Hudson welcomed a visitor, Jim Cristo of Jamestown, to the meeting. Jim had come to observe our meeting for two reasons: he is a member of the relatively new Presque Isle Turners, located in Erie, PA. and wanted to see what and how we did things at our meetings. Secondly he asked to be placed on our membership waiting list.
Paul Mazuchowski reported a current balance of $683.50 in the treasury. He is also looking for overdue club library videos from several members. I promised to bring mine back. Paul also began accepting dues payments for the upcoming year.
Ron dropped a subtle hint, that club logo patches are still available from Paul, at a cost of $2.00 per patch.
was asked to give a brief report on the auction of Bob White’s tools. Although
somewhat disappointed in the final tally, Jim was glad it was finished and
thanked the many members who had assisted him.
The insurance question is still up in the air. Although the
coverage was explained for our own insurance, the possibility exists that we may
save money by sharing expenses with the Number One Club. Paul
Mazuchowski made the motion that after checking on this possibility in
the next week or so, whichever policy proves to be the better deal, we act on it
(purchase it) prior to the next meeting. This motion was seconded, voted upon
The school (Hamburg Middle) has informed us that the
building will not be available for our normally scheduled February (Feb.14)
meeting, so the meeting was moved to Thurs. Feb.21. A reminder will be posted in
the January newsletter.
An informal discussion about several of our members’
experiences at recent craft shows revealed that one of Jed
bowls won the “Best in Show” award
at the Kissing Bridge show. Nice to see some well deserved recognition coming
Barb Berger has asked that we post the following notice:
Oct. 26 and 27
Remember that we will start promptly at 9AM, so please be there early enough to be ready at 9. Don't forget to bring your own lunch. You will also need a small drive center and at least 16 inches between centers for the lathes. You will NOT need chucks at all. If you have a 5/8 " drill bit and a 5/8 " open-end wrench, bring them along. A dead blow hammer or hard rubber mallet and a claw hammer will also be helpful. To cut the material for the seats, bring heavy scissors or good snips. Bring a plastic bucket to hold water for soaking the seating material.
was asked to tell of his recent trip to the craft school at Arrowmont in
is a well-known non-profit School of Arts and Crafts located in Gatlinburg,
Tennessee. I attended a 5-day woodturning seminar at the school hosted by
Elderhostel. Elderhostel is a non-profit organization offering programs of
travel and education to adults over 55 yrs. of age. The town of Gatlinburg was a
disappointment to me in a tourist trap sort of way, but Arrowmont is delightful.
reasonable amount of $482 total, I was treated to 5-days lodging, meals and
instruction. A bit of evening entertainment was also thrown in. The program was
structured in such a way as to allow the individual to choose how intense he or
she wanted the turning to be. We had complete novices to turners with many years
of experience in the class. Even though the actual instruction was scheduled
from 9:00am. till 4:00pm., students were allowed to use the facilities from 7am.
till 9 or 10 pm. The instructor or his assistant or both were present
voluntarily nearly the whole time! Instruction was handled by J. Wayne Shipman
and an assistant Bill Small. Both men are from California and are members of the
Bay Area Woodturners Association. Wayne operates a turning studio and school at his home in
Walnut Creek,CA. I am very confident that as time goes on Wayne’s reputation
as a “teacher” will gain prominence in turning circles. During his
instruction Wayne concentrated on turning green bowls using a ½” Ellsworth
grind bowl gouge and to a lesser extent the turning of plates and platters. He
showed us time and again how a bowl gouge could be used to turn wood down to a
180 or 220 grit finish. Students were not limited to bowls and plates. If they
wished they could try their hand at other turnings with the help and guidance of
the instructors. The week was very well spent in the opinion of this novice.”
Elderhostel by phone-1-877-426-8056 on-line
Arrowmont by phone 865/436-5860
Bay Area Woodturners
Bill Perry won the 50/50 drawing. He collected $22.00
Ben Antonio walked away with the $15 gift
certificate donated by the “ Cutting
Baumer passed around a catalog he
received recently from Iturra Design.
What made this catalog noteworthy was its technical content in regards to Delta
and Jet band saws, which it specialized in. The prices weren’t bad either. The
company has a toll free number if you would be interested in a catalog;
Elmer also showed us a new dust mask Dust Foe he
purchased recently and he gave his reasons for preferring this type.
us a decorative plate with square sides and explained how he turned it. The
plate, walnut burl, can be seen on the club website. This was Jerry’s first go
at this sort of thing. The finished product showed a well thought out use of the
materials Jerry had on hand.
along an attractive maple bowl that was also a bit of a curiosity. A bullet had
damaged the tree from which the bowl was turned. The bullet was still lodged and
visible just below the rim of the bowl. A short distance away in the same plane
as the bullet was the healed over entry wound. A real conversation piece.
nicely figured cherry box he had constructed. An explanation of how a single
misstep near the beginning of construction resulted in a different but
attractive end product. Ron also had a scrollwork Christmas tree he wanted us to
Debski showed a couple of bowls and plates made at Arrowmont.
As he did the week before at the Number One Club, Elmer
Baumer gave an excellent and detailed explanation of how to assemble a vacuum
pump from locally available parts. This pump will then be used to vacuum chuck
pieces on the lathe. The vacuum chuck it- self will be the subject of a future
demo. Elmer put together a parts list with, in several instances, options for
more or less costly components. Elmer’s demo included a printed handout and
slide presentation. Well-done Elmer!