Turners Anonymous is a group of about 100 woodturning enthusiasts from the Tri-State area surrounding Pittsburgh. We love all things about woodturning… the satisfaction of a sharp clean cut; the smell of freshly sliced cherry shavings; an excuse to buy new, expensive tools; and most importantly, the chance to help others to explore and enjoy the hobby as much as we do.
Please feel free to explore these pages to learn more about Turners Anonymous, look at some photos, and consider coming to a meeting.
An Important Update From Becky Maruca
My Brothers and Sisters,
I’m sorry to inform you that the April 18th “Hands-On Platter” demo along with the Turners Anonymous meeting at Woodcraft is CANCELED. Dave Dudney spoke to Dan Habjanetz, the Regional Manager of Woodcraft, and with the current situation of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, Dan wants to make sure that everyone is safe and sound & he doesn’t need the liability of having 50-60 members at the Woodcraft location. None of us wants this, but in regard to the safety of our members, I have no alternative but to cancel.
Regarding the May meeting, for now I am NOT canceling it because it’s too early to call. However, if by the end of April things haven’t improved, I will notify all of you that the May Meeting is canceled. I am aware that our membership is full of high risk people and I personally don’t want to endanger any of you. For now, we will wait and see.
Additionally, Vince, the Manager of the Pittsburgh Rockler store, notified me that their Grand Opening on April 11th has been postponed, as well as their Guild Day on April 25th. Rockler has changed their times to Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm for now. The last day Rockler will be on McKnight Road will be April 22th. After that Rockler will be closed until April 25th, when they will open in Robinson. Since, Rockler and Woodcraft are both listed as hardware stores, they are open for now. If you find it necessary to stop by for any reason; call ahead (to make sure they are open), & NOTE THAT either store can only have 10 people in the store at a given time including personnel.
Things are changing so fast that: stores, churches and schools are closed, many people are working from home, social distancing, and no one knows what will happen next. Things will go back to normal eventually, but it will take time. Please don’t panic, be patient. You should have enough wood to turn and enough projects to work on at home.
I HAVE AN INPORTANT ASSIGNMENT FOR ALL OF YOU. Beside; staying home, watching turning demos online, turning on your lathes, or counting how many rolls of toilet paper you have; I want you to call 1 or 2 Turners Anonymous members each week. It can be anyone in the club, whether they have been attending meetings or not. Find out how they are doing, what projects they are working on, etc. Being we are all dealing with isolation, it doesn’t mean we can’t pick up the phone and call someone. Sometimes the greatest joy is just hearing a familiar voice on the other end. Also, if you want to share with the membership your latest pieces, you can! I have asked Pat Griffin to post pictures of your finished pieces (don’t forget to add your name, and a small description) on the website as an On-Going Instant Gallery. Please e-mail pictures of your work and a brief description to: firstname.lastname@example.org. A special instant gallery of these pictures will be added to the website: www.turnersanonymous.org
As always stay safety, and if you have any questions, contact me.