APRIL TURNERS ANONYMOUS MEETING!
OK – MEMORY CHECK – Did you all remember that we changed the meeting date this month? We have to meet a week later due to Ted’s schedule, CC schedule and I suspect many of you have family commitments for the Easter weekend. So, just a reminder that April 27thth is our meeting day. This is a special meeting as we will be hosting Ted Sokolowski for an all-day demo and classes on Sunday and Monday. Please see the write-up later in this article. 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.
A NOTE TO THE MEMBERSHIP FROM BECKY:
“If you can give a little today, it makes a big difference tomorrow.” I know the board doesn’t say it enough; “Thank you for helping.” Many of you help setup for the meetings, etc. and we appreciate that.
However, recently when I talked with a past-board member about Bill Hayes, we recalled that we have lost a lot of past board members as well as members who have moved away, retired from the club, or died. It made us think about how far we have come as an organization and as a community. When I first become involved with the club (back in early 2008), the board was looking for someone to order and pick-up the 5 dozen donuts for each of the club meetings. I took the initiative to talk to a board member about it…soon after that I was asked to be on the board.
So if you are asking yourself, “What could I do to help the club?” Here are a few ideas:
- COFFEE & DONUT PERSON: Member — doesn’t have to be a board member. This person sets up & cleans up the coffee machine, orders, and brings the 5 dozen donuts to each meeting. This member also makes sure that we have enough napkins, paper cups, paper plates, etc. for the meetings.
- DVD LIBRARY PERSON: Member — doesn’t have to be a board member. This person brings or pulls out of storage the 2 suitcases of DVD’s for each monthly meeting. In addition they check the returning DVD’s to make sure they all are returned and that members are following the Library Policy and Procedures. This member has the authority to purchase new DVD’s for the library.
- SET-UP & CLEAN UP PERSON/S: Member/s — doesn’t have to be a board member/s. This person/s sets-up the chairs, tables, general equipment, cleans-up the saw dust, chairs, tables, & equipment for each meeting.
INSTANT GALLERY PERSON: A Board Member position. This person comes up with an instant gallery theme for each monthly meeting. This theme can be anything from turning eggs for Easter, to highlighting finishing techniques. The items could be featured on the website. The best example of that theme could win a prize. Other responsibilities include: having members talk about their pieces, next month’s theme for the instant gallery, and a summer challenge.
REMINDER…board members have the power to vote on the following: community outreach, moving the club forward, educational programs, demonstrations, spending money, purchasing/selling equipment, etc.
The perks of being a board member according to the late Bill Hayes… “Well, it’s a lot of hard work, time, patience, and no pay.”
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM:
Turners Anonymous Welcomes
Artist and Woodturner
On April 27 through 29, Ted will demonstrate and teach his artistic talents and turning techniques, with special emphasis on Metal Inlay and Brilliant Finishing techniques. You are welcome to join this unique opportunity.
The session on April 27 will provide a demonstration of techniques, and each class on April 28 and 29 will provide an opportunity for hands on instruction from the master. By the end of each class, you should have turned, inlaid metal, and finished a bottle stopper and peppermill. Further details are provided on the following pages. If you wish to know more about Ted Sokolowski or Turners Anonymous, visit: http://www.sokolowskistudios.com/, or: https://www.turnersanonymous.org/
THE COURSE DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS (EACH DAY COVERS BOTH TOPICS):
Topic 1: Brilliant Finishes
Key Point covered:
What creates a high gloss finish?
How to prepare the surface for a finish.
How to apply the final finish.
How to easily find blemishes for repair.
Featured finishes: Friction polish and CA glue (super glue) finish.
What attendees will learn:
This class is intended for beginners who struggle with a fine finish.
I will demonstrate how and why to use the finesse scrapers to create a ripple free foundation. A great finish is not found in a can but in preparing a solid foundation so that any finish used will be spectacular. I will cover in detail how to prepare this surface, filling and repairing surface blemishes as they appear.
Sanding techniques don’t need to be labor intensive, I will work through the grits in a sensible manner and show what to look for to create a surface that begs to be touched. The final finish is just icing on the cake!
Why they should attend?
Nothing says professional or amateur like your finish. If you’re struggling with this final step, this class is for you. Any technique in finishing is worthless if the details are kept a secret. All will be revealed, explained in detail and fully illustrated. I will be finishing small projects on the lathe.
Topic 2: Metal Inlay Techniques
Key Points covered:
How to prepare the surface for embellishment.
What is the correct mesh size to use for different metal powders?
Why is it so important to know about the CPS of super glues?
How to disguise cracks and create curves with movement and depth.
Carving techniques with a rotary carving tool and details on how to control the cut.
Inlaying the metal and removing the excess with turning tools.
What attendees will learn:
Attendees will learn how to successfully inlay metal powder. I will focus on how to disguise cracks or voids in wood and how to create visual interest by carving pleasing designs.
Why they should attend?
We have all worked with wood and at some point have discovered blemishes that detract from the piece. Now you have the option of embellishing that distraction and creating a pleasing focal point through metal inlay. I will be inlaying a spindle-oriented project with surface checks and / or voids.
DEMONSTRATION: Saturday, April 27, 2019
- Doors open at 9:00 AM (some Turners Anonymous members will start showing up about 8:30)
- Coffee, donuts and social time 9:00 to 9:30
- Brief Meeting and Introduction of Ted 9:30 to 9:45
- Demonstration by Ted: 9:45 to 4:00 p.m.
- Cost: $35, for the demonstration, coffee, donuts, lunch, and drinks
- This is a demonstration only, no hands-on turning by attendees
- Total capacity, about 60 people
CLASSES: Sunday, April 28, OR Monday April 29, 2019 (Each class includes the same material, you may attend either class)
- Doors Open at 9:00 AM
- Coffee and social time 9:00 to 9:15
- Instruction by Ted from 9:15AM to 4:00PM each day
- Cost: $150 for the class, lunch, and drinks
- This is a hands-on wood turning, inlay, and finishing class
- Total capacity, 6 to 8 people in each class
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.
- $50 cash
- Craft Supplies USA $20 Gift Certificate
- Craft Supplies USA $20 Gift Certificate
- Metal Inlay Power Sample Pack
- 3/8” Thompson Spindle Gauge
- 3” Assorted Sanding Discs and Pad
- Multi- Functional Lamp
- Lathe Dust Collection Hood
- Assorted Bundle of Mystery Wood
- And of course The Mystery Box!!!
HELP WANTED FOR THE RAFFLE
Becky is looking for an apprentice to learn how to run the Raffle. This is a great opportunity to meet all the other members and help the club at the same time. If you do the math, it becomes apparent that the monthly dues does not cover all the club expenses – The raffle does the rest. We like to rotate jobs in the club every couple of years so no one gets burned out – here is your chance! Please talk to me or Becky.
BASEBALL BAT RAFFLE
At each meeting, members will have an opportunity to enter 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. We will draw the WINNING NAME at the end of the May Meeting. (You don’t need to be present to win.) So you have only 2 more chances to put your name in the drawing. The more meetings attended the more chances to win!!
Pat is always busy improving our club website. Last month was a new addition: the club roster is 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. If you are having trouble logging into the members’ section, Pat’s contact information is on the website and he will be happy to help you.
If you haven’t paid for this year, Dave Betler will be collecting dues for 2019. Catch up to me somewhere, I will try to stay in one place. 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 shirt/s at the April 27th or May 18th meetings.
Summer is almost are, and Becky will not have another shirt order until the September 21st TA meeting. If anyone would like to place an order before then, you can contact Tees-N-Tops yourself.
May 11th – We will demonstrate woodturning at the maker fair at Cranberry township. Information can be seen at https://cranberrytownship.makerfaire.com/.
If you are interested in helping with the demonstration, please see Dave Betler.
May 18th club meeting – Many of you don’t realize that your vice president is a professional cabinetmaker. We have spared no expense to bring her all the way from Ross Township to do the final demonstration at Contemporary Craft. I’m not going to share the project with you right now, you just have to wait and see.
May 18th after the meeting – Anyone who can spare a few hours! I would like to organize for the move and take the travel stuff with me. Many hands make light work! I will have a sign-up sheet with me April 27th
AAW SYMPOSIUM – RALEIGH N.C.
TURNERS ANONYMOUS PICNIC
Save the date of August 24th at Evergreen Community Park, 3430 Evergreen Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (Ross Township). This is Turners Anonymous’ first picnic in about 5 years. We are still working out all the details; but the time is 11am – 7pm. We are looking for a setup & tear-down crew. Setup time would start at 10:30am. The club will provide the drinks, (no alcohol is allowed on the grounds) and the burgers and dogs for the grill. If you plan to come, please bring a side dish or dessert. There will be a sign-up sheet for the Picnic at the next meetings
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
ROSS COMMUNITY DAY – We have been invited to do a demo at Ross Township’s Community Day at The Block at Northway. An inside venue, early September, details to follow.
FAIR IN THE PARK – September 6th, 7th, & 8th. We participate in this every year doing demo’s and passing information out to the public. Help is needed so a few people don’t have to do the whole three days.
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
We have a visitor this month and quite a few new members in the last year. It would be nice to see some of your favorite items from the past along with the new stuff.
CLEARING OUT SPACE IN THE SHOP:
Remember, we always have the table where you can sell your unwanted tools, books, etc. Put your name and a price on the item for sale so the buyer can find you.
See you there,