October 2019 Newsletter
THE NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting is this coming Saturday, October 19th, at Woodcraft.
The Address is 102 Four Coins Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317. The doors open at 9am, with the meeting starting about 9:45. We will be out of there by noon unless you want to stay and see whatever Woodcraft is doing at 1pm.
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.
From my standpoint, last month’s meeting at Woodcraft was a great success. Yes, it is true that we had a few things to work out at the last minute, but thanks to Kyle and Leslie and the help from you, all went well. The board had a meeting after club and we discussed how things went, what we can do to improve, and Becky has been in touch with the Woodcraft staff to fine tune our meetings. I really want to thank Woodcraft for the corporate attitude that allows us to meet there.
This coming week is Woodcraft’s anniversary sale. There will be demos and programs and even some free eats going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check their flier or website to check out the schedule and please support them.
I hope you all got a chance to check out the instant gallery last month. I was a little pre-occupied and forgot to bring up things at the meeting. Please bring in the things you are working on to share with the group. 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.
Linda Van Gehuchten will show us how to skew your turnings (I know, bad joke but at least I tried). Like any other tool, this one takes some practice but it sure helps when you get started the right way. I have heard many of the professionals say that when you master the skew, all your other turning suddenly becomes easier. Yes, it is more than a negative rake scraper and can be your go-to tool for spindle work. Linda is a professional woodworker and has so many tricks up her sleeve this is one of this year’s can’t miss programs.
NOVEMBER – Our first hands on at the new space. We will have six or seven lathes set up to make a simple ornament. The plan is to keep it simple enough that an object can be turned in 15 minutes or so and that way more people will get their hands on the tools. 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.
WOODCRAFT’S ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
As many of you know (if you received a Woodcraft flyer in the mail), our TA meeting lands on Woodcraft’s big Anniversary Weekend Sale. It will be full of demos, food, drinks, venders, & prizes. So we have something else to look forward to besides the meeting.
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
- Thompson: ½” Scraper
- Shop Light
- Keyless Taper Drill Chuck
- Honing Stone
- 15pcs of Bocote Pen Blanks
- And of Course, THE MYSTERY BOX!
ROCKLER AND THE AAW NEED SOME HELP!
All Rockler stores are having a Veteran’s Day Pen Turning Event on Saturday, November 9th. Vince will be running four separate classes: 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. All proceeds will be donated to the National Veteran’s Foundation. Participants will pay a $10 fee to turn and finish a pen to take with them. Rockler will be providing all of the pen kits, glue, finish, etc. to complete the project. Vince is looking for a few members from Turners who would be willing to assist the students in these classes. This would also be good opportunity for us to promote our club as we assist in this fund raiser.
If you are interested, please contact Vince, the store manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 T-shirt, Becky will have the signup sheets outside the meeting room. The money for the Polo or Denim shirt will be due at the November meeting. Becky will except cash or check for the shirts. This will be the last T-shirt order that she will be doing.
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 (email@example.com) or text her at 412-805-6693 (cell).
Remember, your friends and family are always welcome, so see you there