JANUARY TURNERS ANONYMOUS MEETING!
Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, January 19thth 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.
Look at the smile on Dave Dudney’s face. He and I just returned from a trip to Chris Ramsey’s studio in Somerset KY to make hats. It was an easy 6-1/2 hour trip from Washington and in two days we made two baseball hats, one cowboy hat, one outback hat, and four mini hats. They are still drying, so you will see them next month. Chris has built a great 3 bedroom woodturning studio on about 65 acres of Kentucky hilltop so you stay there, eat there, and work there. He also teaches natural edge bowl turning, or about anything else you are interested, in and will only take two students at a time. We sure returned with smiles on our faces, and a lifetime memory.
Any time you can get personal one-on-one instruction with whatever interests you, your skills will grow. Since this is my second trip, you can understand why I recommend this so highly.
We start this meeting with the election of board members for the next term. There are three positions for a three year term and one position for a two year term. You also have to listen to my annual “state of the club” speech.
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM:
OOPS! OH-NO DARN! AH $#!*(shucks) or my favorite – YOU DUMMY
Have any of these things come out of your mouth within hearing distance of your lathe. We jokingly refer to these as “DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES”. Believe it or not, things happen and it’s not always a catch or your lack of attention that causes it. Sometimes we find a bug or worm or dead branch right where we intended to finish the piece.
This month we have a few members of the club willing to share a problem and how to fix it. We also will have open discussion on some of your experiences and what you did. Also if you are stuck on something, bring it in – You can get 20 or 30 ideas that are all worth exactly what you paid for them.
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. Last month several of you left your cars there and CC people had to find parking elsewhere – therefore I received a nasty letter. C-mon guys, we have a good relationship with these people now – let’s not ruin it.
THE MOVE !
No new news that I can share right now, but hopefully by next month there will be official word coming down on our future meeting location.
Y’all can’t miss Becky at the raffle table when you come in the door. This month she has a nice line-up of prizes.
- $50 Cash
- 2 @ $30 Gift Certificate Craft Supplies
- Multi-Tip Revolving Center
- 3/4″ HSS Bowl Scraper
- Center Finder Set of 2
- $10 Parking Pass
- Key-less Drill Chuck
- Bowl Blank
- & of course The Mystery Box
Last Change To Sign The Baseball Bat
This will be the last meeting that paid members will have an opportunity to sign the baseball bat. Becky will be working on finishing the bat in the next few months. An inscription will read: Made by: Joe Aul & Signed by: 2018 Members of Turners Anonymous
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.
It has been a few years since the club has put in an order for shirts.
Becky will be collecting for the Polo Shirts & Long Sleeve Denim Shirts at the January 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.
Members can still place an order at the January meeting.
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(firstname.lastname@example.org) or text her at 412-366-6698.
FEBRUARY – Chris Weiland will be joining us. He was around in the early days of Turners Anonymous and can fill us in on a bit of the history.
Chris has just had a piece in a traveling exhibition entitled Bartrams Boxes, sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood, located in Philadelphia. He also does irregular shaped platters and large outdoor turnings and will share some of his knowledge with us.
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. It is located on the top level between the short term parking lot and the TSA check in area. Tell your family and friends to check it out if they are traveling. Pat has a slide show prepared and has placed it on the front page of our website (turnersanonymous.org)
Saturday, February 9th several of us will be doing a tool handle making demo at Rockler to promote the AAW and Turners Anonymous. We need talkers as well as turners, if you wish to help out with this, see Dave Betler.
Chroma Craft has sent us an offer to help raise money for the club. If we get a group order together totaling $500 or more, they will give us free shipping plus will return 10% to the club. I will have a catalog and order list with me at the 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. Information will be next to the name tags with a sign up sheet if you are interested.
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.
This month is a less formal meeting where we all can share and help solve problems. It would be a good time to show your friends what a great group we have.
See you there,