MID SUMMER TURNERS ANONYMOUS
With the fourth of July holiday coming up, I think it is a good time to touch base with you-all.
First of all, we are completely moved out of the Contemporary Craft Building. We enjoyed about a 15 year relationship with CC and really appreciate everything they have done for us. I hope their move is as easy as ours was. A lot of the small stuff was moved out after our May meeting, and Last Saturday the final big stuff was loaded onto a truck and moved into storage. We need to thank Dave Dudney for arranging with his friend for a nice storage area for our three big lathes at NO CHARGE! The three small lathes and assorted “stuff” now resides in my truck garage. We will be taking pics and doing an inventory during the summer and our plan is to have a list of everything available.
I have been in contact with Woodcraft and they are very excited to have us with them. During the summer, I will meet with Leslie and Kyle to make sure everything goes according to plan.
WHAT DID WE FORGET AT THE MAY MEETING?
Well for starters, we forgot to draw a name for the baseball bat. So, we will draw a name at the Picnic. You don’t need to be present to win.
Secondly, we didn’t get a change to answer the second Mystery Box question. Which was; Name the different wood used in the carved mice?
Answer (for the Left – Right): Walnut, Butternut, Buckeye, & Buckeye (Yes, the 2 mice on the Right are both Buckeye. Remember in her demo that Becky said that Buckeye can be different colors?)
The only member that came close was Maurice Brazeau. So, Maurice wins the second Mystery Box. Congratulations!
AAW SUMPOSIUM IN RALEIGH, NC – July 11-14
We have been talking about this for a year now and I am sure you have all the information you need. Gerry Kumnik has asked if anyone wants to share a ride. Check with him at email@example.com
And this from one of the vendors:
We invite you and your club members during a visit at AAW Show in Raleigh, NC for a series live demo of Great Wood Finish with Parfix 3408 by Mark Sillay, an expert Woodturning Instructor.
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omXY896_N6M
ROSS COMMUNITY DAY
We have been invited to do a demo at Ross Township’s Community Day on Saturday, September 7th at The Block at Northway (the old Northway Mall). We will have a booth where we can turn on a lathe and display our work. The time is noon to 9pm. Please let Becky know if you can attend and how long you can demo that day.
FAIR IN THE PARK
Our annual presentation at Fair in the Park this year is Friday, September, 6th — 1pm – 7pm thru Sunday, September, 8th — 10am – 5pm. We need volunteers to demo or talk to people. Hopefully we will not get rained out again. If you are considering attending 1 of these days, even if it’s only for a few hours, it will be appreciated. Please contact Dave Betler (412-848-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org). We will also have a sign-up sheet at the picnic. Bring sharp tools and some of your completed projects to the booth (I know you all love to show your stuff).
These demos bring in new members and showcase what we do as an organization, as well as helping, teaching, learning, & having fun in woodturning.
Please note: We are not allowed to sell any of our projects at these events. It puts our tax exempt status in jeopardy.
TURNERS ANONYMOUS PICNIC
Save the date – Saturday, August 24th. This will be our first picnic in 5 years. It will be at Evergreen Community Park, 3430 Evergreen Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (Ross Township) – see the website below.
The time is 11am – 7pm, set-up will start at 10:30am. The club will provide the drinks, (no alcohol is allowed on the grounds) the burgers and dogs for the grill. If you plan to bring a side dish or dessert, please let Becky know so that we don’t duplicate dishes. If you plan to help with set-up, tear-down, or just helping out please contact Becky (412-805-6693 or email her at email@example.com)
We will try to have some turning fun there. We are planning to bring the travel lathe, so bring some sharp tools. And we will have a table for an instant gallery as well. Show off what you have been working on — complete or not. We’ll have a short TA meeting about upcoming events, and demos at our new meeting location — Woodcraft. Hope to see you there.
NEW DVD’s IN THE TA LIBARAY:
We acquired Ted Sokolowski’s other 3 DVDs:
- Making Candlesticks (2 Disc Set)
- Making a Peppermill
- Mixing & Matching Color for Woodworkers
They will be available soon to the membership.
SEPTEMBER IS THE NEW SEASON:
September 21st Club Meeting. Yes, you have to watch that same old show-off again. Dave Betler will have a brand new demonstration on how to turn a genie lamp on the lathe. This is something that I said was impossible 5 years ago, so this will be like going to a NASCAR race – you wait for the CRASH! This demo will repeat at the OVWG in October
COMING IN OCTOBER:
October 19th Club Meeting – She ain’t afraid of that skew! Linda Van Gehuchten will show you the simple things to do to make this one of your favorite spindle turning tools (OR USE IS AS A NEGATIVE RAKE SCRAPER). Linda has been one of the original club members, TA club president, AAW board member, and remains one of our few professional turners. We are lucky to have such a talented person to share with us.
Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium (MAWTS) this year is October 4th thru the 6th. Held in downtown Lancaster, PA this is a nice event and has been a favorite of many of our club members.
Ohio Valley Woodturning Guild (OVWG) is holding their bi-annual symposium October 18th thru 20th. This is a great event that many of our club members attend. One of our members will be a demonstrator this year. Please see their website for information. https://ovwg.clubexpress.com
HERE IS A CHANCE TO HELP OTHERS!
Hello fellow TA members.
I have a favor to ask of you. A good friend of mine is a beekeeper. I have been supplying him with my woodturning shavings for a few years now. He uses them as a blanket of sort to keep his bees warm over the winter. Well I guess his bees have been busy procreating and his hive population is exceeding my shaving production capacity. So I’m looking for some help. If anyone will be doing any turning this summer and is looking for a good use for those shavings please consider helping him to keep his bees stay warm and survive the winter. He would really appreciate it. Let me know and I will put you in touch with him. He is on the west side of Pgh in the Aliquippa area.
Check out his website : https://muetzelmountain.com/index.php/about/
Have a great summer