FEBRUARY TURNERS ANONYMOUS MEETING!
Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, Feb. 16thth is our meeting day. As usual, doors open at 9am with the program starting about 9:45. For you visiting us for the first time, we meet in the basement of the Contemporary Craft Building, 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh
FROM THE PREZ.
At the board meeting last month after the meeting, the following officers were elected for the year 2019:
Chair – Dave Betler; Vice Chair – Becky Maruca; Secretary – Maurice Brazeau; Treasurer – Bill Hayes
We also approved the Demo at the Rockler store on Feb. 9th to promote TA and the AAW
Saturday – Feb. 9th – we did a little handle turning demo at the Rockler store on McNight Road. I think we could have held a regular TA meeting there with the number of you that were there. I guess by living so far from the city, I miss the regular hangouts with you guys.
The demo was set up by AAW and the purpose was to promote membership in our club as well as AAW. There were quite a few people who took information and showed interest in joining with other woodturners. I want to thank all the members who participated by talking to the crowd.
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM:
Chris Weiland will be joining us. Chris is an artist and woodturner from the Indiana area. He studied art and education at both Indiana University of PA and Penn State, and later furniture design and woodworking through the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.
In 1978 he began his teaching career at IUP and taught woodworking and design for 31 years. Before retiring in 2009, he secured major state and private funding for the improvement and expansion of the woodworking facility, with the addition of a new fully equipped woodturning studio.
During his tenure, Chris developed many furniture commissions for both private and corporate clients. His work has also been included in several national juried and invitational exhibitions.
Since retirement Chris has continued his design and lathe work in the studio, most recently large scale sculpture forms staged in natural outdoor settings.
As one of the original founders of Turners Anonymous back in 1989, Chris will present a little early history of the organization, along with the people, and the place it began.
He will also show some of his recent studio work featuring large platter forms and talk about his approach to design and shaping.
The parking lot behind the building is for Contemporary Craft employees ONLY.
You are allowed to drop off passengers and/or stuff, but then must move your car to another area to park. Y’all did great last month – thanks for the cooperation.
THE MOVE !
By now many of you have seen announcements in the papers about a new location for Contemporary Craft. It seems I get more information from you than I do from official channels. The only information I have is that they will make an official announcement on Thursday, the new location will be somewhere within 3 miles of where we meet now, and won’t be ready for more than a year. With this in mind, the board has begun actively looking for a new meeting location. Maybe by Saturday I will have more information for you.
- $50 Cash
- 2 — $30 Gift Certificate
- Bowl Turner’s Buffing System
- Half Off Demo Pass
- Woodturner’s Tool Roll
- Segmented Turning Software
- Honing Slip Stone
- Walnut Log
- & of course The Mystery Box!
BASEBALL BAT RAFFLE
At each meeting, members will have an opportunity to win the signed Baseball Bat. There is no charge to enter. A paid member can write his/her name on a slip of paper (which will be provided) and put ONE slip in the White Box per meeting. At some later date, we will draw the winning name. So every meeting that you attend, you can add your name to the drawing. The more slips of paper, the more chances to win!!
Pat is always busy improving our club website. A new addition is the club roster in the member resources section. You have to be a member and logged in to view this information so it is not available to outsiders. This will make it easier to contact other club members. I checked it out, but couldn’t figure out how to put my ugly mug shot up there. Maybe we can convince Pat to give us a little instruction.
If you haven’t paid for this year, Bill will be collecting dues for 2019. See him at his usual perch in the back corner and cough up that 30 bucks. While you are there, please check the roster to see if your contact information is up to date.
The Shirts are in!!! See Becky to pick up your new shirt/s.
Don’t panic, if you weren’t able to attend the January meeting. She rolled over the unpaid orders to the next shirt order. So there is another Polo and Denim shirt order in the works. In fact, the orders and the money will not be due until the March 16th meeting.
Keep in mind that there are additional charges for the 2X-large ($2) & 3X-large ($3.50) whether Polo or Denim. If you want your name embroidered on any shirt it is $3.00 additional.
For example: If I want a 2X denim shirt with my name on it, it will be $32.00.
$27.00 for the shirt with Logo
$2.00 extra for a 2X size
$3.00 extra for the name embroidered
$32.00 Total owed
Any questions, email Becky (email@example.com) or text her at 412-805-6693 (cell).
MARCH – Mike Nathal from North Coast Turners will show us how he does an emerging bowl.
APRIL – CHANGE OF MEETING DATE DUE TO EASTER HOLIDAY. We have moved the meeting to April 27th. Classes will be on Sunday, April 28th and Monday, April 29th.
Ted Sokolowski will visit for a demo and classes. Ted has developed a unique method of making beautiful metal inlays in woodturnings and will demonstrate this at the April meeting. For those of you wanting to add this to your bag of tricks, classes will be available on Sunday and Monday.
We have managed to keep the cost for the Saturday program down to the customary $30 per person. This includes the normal coffee and donuts and pizza or salad for lunch. Sunday or Monday class will be $150, plus a small materials fee that we are still negotiating. See Bill to reserve a spot for the demo or one of the classes.
The showing of our work continues at the Pittsburgh International Airport until the end of February. Pat has a slide show prepared and has placed it on the front page of our website (turnersanonymous.org).
We will be removing the artwork on Wednesday, February 27th at 10 am. If any of you who have pieces in the show wish to reclaim them at that time, it will save me the work of moving them to my house and bringing them to the March club meeting.
AAW SYMPOSIUM – RALEIGH N.C.
I will be trying to organize a group discount to the AAW symposium in Raleigh this summer. We need to have at least 10 people sign up and the registration must go in together. Please have a check made out to American Association of Woodturners and the information requested on the AAW sign up at this meeting. I have to get this in by March.
Joe Boyer(our special plywood guy) also questioned last month whether there was any interest in a one day bus trip to the symposium for the free gallery and trade show. If you are interested, get together with him to see if there is enough to make up a bus load. I have never dealt with bus companies for this kind of thing, but they do it all the time so it can’t be too complicated.
2019 AAW International Symposium – Raleigh, NC, July 11-14
Symposium registration will open on November 22, 2018! You can find preliminary information about the symposium at the AAW Symposium Main Page. In the coming weeks, we will be adding more comprehensive details and information.
We’ve kept the cost of member registration unchanged – member registration is $325, spouse registration is $185, and dinner tickets are $55. General registration can be found at the AAW Symposium Registration Page.
We encourage you to watch the video below and share it with your chapter members.
Symposium Chapter Group Discount
Once again, the AAW will offer a chapter group discount for the 2019 symposium. The offer will be for AAW members only and extends a savings of $25 per symposium registration – or a savings of at least $250 per chapter group. Chapters that elect to participate will also receive one complimentary reserved table at the Saturday evening dinner (tickets for the dinner must be purchased).
The discount is available to AAW chapters and chapter members who are AAW members. Chapters must form a 2019 AAW Symposium group of ten or more chapter members at a discounted rate of $300 per registration.
Optional tickets will available for purchase:
- Saturday nightdinner tickets are $55 per person.
- Spouse symposium registrationis $185 per spouse (for spouses who wish to attend rotations).
I am amazed every month by the items you bring in every month. Please continue to share with us because I continue to learn from you all. Also, if you have a partially completed project, bring it in – we love to see work in-progress.
CLEARING OUT SPACE IN THE SHOP:
Remember, we always have the table where you can sell your unwanted tools, books, etc.
Please put your name and a price on the item for sale so the buyer can find you.
I am looking forward to learning a little history at this month’s meeting along with improving my design skills. I suspect a few of you feel the same way.
See you there,