NOVEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
THE NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting is this coming Saturday, November 16th, at Woodcraft.
The Address is 102 Four Coins Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317. The doors open at 9am, with the meeting starting about 9:45.
Please save the parking spaces directly in front of the store for customers, so I am asking that you park against the grass strip. This is where we will have our “tailgate sale”. Any of you who have items for sale or free give-a-ways can make the deals out here before the meeting. Please don’t bring anything into the store other than Instant Gallery items. We don’t want to mix up our stuff with Woodcraft stock.
I had a great time last month at the Symposium in Cincy, but I sure missed going to a TA meeting! If you have never been to a symposium before, this is a great way to break in. The cost is reasonable, the food is great, and you can stay at the facility, or we stayed at a Super Eight that was updated, clean, and CHEAP! You have your choice of 55 rotations over a three day period ( five at a time). The only problem is I wanted to see two other rotations while I was doing my demo. The next one is in two years.
Please bring in the things you are working on to share with the group. I have a little platter that I tried with green burl, resin, and CA finish. I can tell you what not to do after this experiment! If you have questions about how something was done, here is your chance to question the maker. I have learned so much about turning by just listening.
THIS WEEK – Our first hands on at the new space. In honor of the weather this week, we will have six or seven lathes set up to make a snowman or snowgal. The plan is to keep it simple enough that this can be turned in 15 minutes or so and that way more people will get their hands on the tools. We have plenty of blanks and tools, but if you want to use your own, bring them in. We will be using a spindle roughing gouge, 3/8 spindle or bowl gouge, 3/8 and ¼ detail gouge, skew chisel as a negative rake scraper, and 1/8” parting tool. This is also a good chance for you turners with easy wood tools to try then out. We will start with a quick demo and an experienced turner will be at each lathe for instruction and safety.
DECEMBER – Our annual ornament and box exchange. This is always a popular event and a good chance to bring your spouse or friends. Also we all pig out on goodies because everyone brings their favorite cookies or snacks.
JANUARY – Becky Maruca will demonstrate her winged candle holder. This is not only a beautiful turning, but the way it is done will get you thinking about other projects.
FEBRUARY – Dave Dudney will show us how he does a basic platter. If you are having trouble with bowls or have never done one this is the first step. If you think about it, a platter is simply a really shallow bowl and is a logical first step to improve your turnings.
MARCH – We welcome professional turner Michael Kehs to Turners Anonymous! This will be a three day event with a demo on Saturday, and classes on Sunday and Monday. More information will be in next month’s newsletter.
APRIL – Another hands on session – this time we will work on the skills that Dave Dudney showed us back in February.
PARKING AND TRUNK SALE
Please save the parking spaces directly in front of the store for customers. We are asking that you park against the grass strip. This is where we will have our “Trunk Sale”. Anyone who has items for sale or free give-a-ways can make the deals out here before the meeting. Please don’t bring anything into the store other than Instant Gallery items. We don’t want to mix up our stuff with Woodcraft stock.
RAFFLE – Help support the club and maybe take home a little something.
- $50 Cash
- $20 Gift Certificate for Craft Supply
- $20 Gift Certificate for Craft Supply
- 2” sanding Pad, Assorted sanding disc, & Buffing pad
- Thompson: Parting Tool
- Green Woodturning Tool Roll
- Sandpaper cutter
- Lathe Dust Collection Hood
- Box of Assorted Wood Blanks
- And of Course, The Mystery Box!
GIVING BACK TO ALLEGHENY MILLWORK
For the past 3 years, Becky has provided members with free wood from Allegheny Millwork’s scrap pile. She would like to present to the bosses/owner of Allegheny Millwork, several completed pieces from members who used Allegheny Millwork’s wood. It is a great way to say Thank you.
LAST T-SHIRT ORDER FOR 2019
If you have been thinking about signing up for a Turners Anonymous shirt, Becky will have the signup sheets outside the meeting room. The money for the Polo or Denim shirt will be due at this meeting. Becky will except cash or check for the shirts. This will be the last shirt order that she will be doing. (The ordered shirts should be in at the December 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. When you list the color you want — especially for the Denim shirts, please write down either; Black, Dark (for Dark Blue), or Light (for the Light Blue).
For example: If I want a 2X denim shirt with my name on it, it will be a total of $32.00.
$27.00 for the shirt with our 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 412-805-6693 (cell).
FREE CANS OF POP!
We still have 2 full blue buckets of leftover cans of Pop from the picnic. I will be bringing 1 blue bucket with me to this TA meeting. First come, first serve, just please don’t take the blue bucket. Thank you.
Did You Know?
Rockler is moving! In April 2020, Rockler will relocate to Robinson, PA across from IKEA. They will be 30% larger than their current building, with a glass classroom in the store, more tools, more supplies, loading dock, storeroom, etc.
Tricks & Tips From Dave Betler’s
Dave has demonstrated to club members how to use laminate strips for wood burning on the lathe –ie. his wooden hats and his Aladdin’s Lamp. Strips of laminate will be available at the meeting.
I (Becky) will have long glue sticks available for $0.25 each to anyone interested.
See you there,