FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
THE NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting is this coming Saturday, February 15th, 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 we are asking that you park against the grass strip.
I find it ironic that this month Dave Dudney will be turning an inlay platter, and I had to turn a platter of sorts for work last week. Instead of a typical single platter blank, I had to glue two half blanks together with paper in-between, to make a split platter blank. But I wasn’t turning a platter. I had to turn two, half radius moldings. These moldings are for a door that is being built at Allegheny Millwork’s shop.
You never know when your skills will be needed or tested. That is why the best advice that I can give is, “Learn as much as you can when you are able, and keep an open mind to all things because you never know when you will need that information/skill.”
A few other items on our plate or “platter”: First, Rockler’s Grand Opening is on April 11, 2020, which is also Holy Saturday. There will be demos, prizes, great deals, food, etc. more details to come. Second, the AAW International Symposium in Louisville, KY is June 4-7, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday). If you are thinking about attending, please let me know. If we send in our registration money together before April 13th, we will get a 10% discount off the registration fee and a club table at the banquet. Finally, the 2020 Mid Atlantic Woodturners Symposium will be held again at the Lancaster PA Marriott from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27. The current list of demonstrators includes: David Ellsworth, Colwin Way, Kimberly Winkle, Nick Agar, & Simon Begg.
THIS MONTH! –
Dave Dudney is on the schedule to demonstrate platter turning. Unfortunately Dave has had some knee problems in the last week and won’t be able to stand for the demonstration. He has asked Dave Betler to stand in for him. While you will miss the mineral inlay portion of the demo that Dudney learned at Arrowmont, we think there are a few tricks you can learn from Betler.
We have had nothing but positive comments from the changes Kim has brought to the gallery. It is certainly worth the few extra minutes to hear from everyone who brings in a piece. This month Kim has challenged us to make a display for your turning. This leaves a wide open field for you to use your imagination – I can think of one member who made a chess set and has a board to display it (Linda, many of us haven’t seen this – hint, hint).
MARCH – We welcome professional turner Michael Kehs to Turners Anonymous!
On March 21st through 23rd of 2020, Michael will demonstrate and teach his artistic talents and turning techniques, with special emphasis on creating his version of a 9th century Celtic Drinking horn with several forms of burn texturing, carving, and dry brushing color. You are invited to attend this unique opportunity.
The session on March 21st will provide a demonstration of techniques, and each class on March 22nd and 23rd will provide an opportunity for hands on instruction from the master. By the end of each class, you should have turned, assembled, embellished, and finished a Celtic Drinking horn. If you wish to know more about this opportunity or Turners Anonymous, visit: www.turnersanonymous.org/. If you wish to know more about Michael Kehs or his work, visit: http://www.michaelkehswoodworks.com/.
Cost: $25 for demonstration, $145 for either class.
Contact: Glen Nickodemus for further details. 814-421-0911 email@example.com
I live on a wooded piece of land in upper Bucks County, PA. This was a deliberate action to live among the trees, the raw material of my passion. Being close to these giants has instilled a sense of respect and love for nature. My artistic view is most often toward the beauty of all things natural. My early years in Dad’s shop spurred an interest in woodworking that lasts to this day. We would make beautiful bird houses together. The smell of cutting walnut still takes me back to that wonderful time. I worked as a stone mason for many years. This experience taught me to look for balance in the total piece, and a work ethic to get the job done. I left my masonry job of 28 years to pursue my lifelong dream of working wood full time. I build custom furniture and artistic wood turning and carving. Teaching wood carving and wood turning in my studio is a very satisfying part of my business. Recently I have been exploring caves. This has been an avid pursuit which spills over into my artwork, resulting in critical acclaim. These pieces are in collections from coast to coast (Washington state to New York), Europe and Australia.
Michael, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has exhibited in several US shows, including Challenge V: International Lathe Turned Objects Show, the National Speleological Society’s Fine Art Salon and has a piece in the permanent collection of the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. He turned an ornament for the Clinton White House during the Year of the Craft. Michael has won awards in many art shows and craft shows locally and nationally, including several Best of Show awards. He has also judged many wood-carving shows and has written for the American Woodturner, the journal of the American Association of Woodturners and Woodcraft Magazine. Active in both local and national turning and carving clubs, he also demonstrates and teaches both woodcarving and woodturning in his studio. Michael has been turning and carving since 1980, and has studied anatomy sculpture under Eugene Daubs through the Tyler School of Art. His work has gotten him invited to Australia and Turkey to participate in international turning events.
|Exhibits with AAW||Other exhibits|
|Sphere 2011||Center For Art In Wood 2009|
|Tea pot 2012||Hot Tea 2012|
|Currents 2013||Tea pot exhibition Cedar Creek Gallery 2014|
|Ceremony 2014||Turned and Sculpted Wood Del Mano 2014|
|Hot Tea Del Mano 2015|
|New Hope Arts award winner Best Vessel|
|2016 Niche award winner|
|Masters of Lathe-Turned Sculpture 2016|
|Handcrafted: Fiber Art & Turned Wood 2018|
THE DEMONSTRATION WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- A specific approach to turning a basic shape destined to become a horn.
- Tooling designed to facilitate changing this basic shape into a Celtic Drinking Horn.
- The process to develop the rough horn shape.
- The process to refine the horn inside and outside surfaces.
- A variety of surface embellishment techniques such as:
- Burn texturing techniques with branding irons.
- The use of friction cup burs.
- Power carving with ball cutters, rotary chisels, etc.
- Vibratory textures.
- Coloring techniques with dry brushed acrylics or gilders paste, etc.
- These process steps will be demonstrated by Michael as he starts with a turning blank and converts it into a finished Celtic Drinking Horn during the March 21, 2020 demonstration day.
ADDITIONAL CLASS INFORMATION FOLLOWS (EACH CLASS DAY COVERS THE SAME MATERIAL):
In each class, Michael will be available to assist students through the steps presented in the demonstration that they do not fully understand or have difficulty performing. Additional hints and “tricks” of the various process will be further emphasized. As different class participants will progress at different rates, students that have completed a process stage may be available to assist other students if needed.
The techniques used to turn, assemble, shape, and embellish a horn are not difficult. However, they are time consuming. After attending the demonstration, all students should be able to complete the process in the one class day.
As the Saturday demonstration will have presented the full process of turning, assembling, and embellishing a Celtic Drinking Horn, class attendees that take the class without attending the demonstration may be at a disadvantage.
DEMONSTRATION AND CLASS SUMMARY:
There are a variety of skills or process steps required to successfully design, turn, assemble, and embellish a Celtic Drinking Horn. This event will benefit all persons interested in learning new skills or improving existing skills related to the processes identified above. The opportunity to improve your skills under the guidance of a professional turner, in co-operation with other talented people with similar skills can be a very valuable and enjoyable experience.
APRIL – Another hands on session – this time we will work on the skills that Dudney and Betler showed us back in February.
MAY – Linda V. is back on the stage to demonstrate inside out turnings. This is really valuable if you want to make ornaments or stoppers, and is also one of those “how do you do that?” things.
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.
- $50 Cash
- Craft Supplies USA $20 Gift Certificate
- 4” Tool Rest from Robust
- Bowl Chucker Pad
- Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat
- 3 Tombow Dual Brush Coloring Pens
- 1” HSS Bowl Scraper
- Walnut Platter blank (2” x 11”)
- And of course The Mystery Box!
GIVING BACK TO ALLEGHENY MILLWORK
Thanks to all the members who have already donated projects. The presentation date hasn’t been set as if yet, so of you would like to donate a piece, see Becky.
FROM THE AAW –
|Step up to the plate. Accept the challenge. Up your game. Have a ball. Join us for the AAW’S 34th Annual International Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky, June 4-7, 2020. You’ll find experts from around the globe who will share their techniques and insights to help you bring your woodturning abilities to the next level. Get your game on and learn quickly all in one venue. We’ll have lots of demonstrations to choose from, so you’ll be able to select sessions based on your skill level and your areas of interest. (Demonstrator topics and panel discussions will be announced soon). 2020 Demonstrators Nick Agar Michael Alguire Stuart Batty Simon Begg Dixie Biggs Michael Blankenship Trent Bosch Bruce Campbell Pat Carroll Jason Clark Nick Cook Rebecca DeGroot Luc Deroo Mick Hanbury Kurt Hertzog Michael Hosaluk Janice Levi Art Liestman Tom Lohman Pete Marken JoHannes Michelsen Mark Palma Doug Schneiter Mark Sfirri Dan Tilden Craig Timmerman John Underhill Molly Winton Donna Zils Banfield Visit AAW’s Symposium Website Demonstrators Register Hotel Exhibitions/Auctions Trade Show Venue Here are a few more reasons you’ll want to attend! At the 2020 Symposium, you’ll be able to: Gather motivation and inspiration by exploring the world’s largest display of turned wood art.Browse themed exhibitions by established and emerging artists from around the globe.Display your own work in the Instant Gallery, which features more than 1,000 art works.Browse the globe’s largest woodturning trade show jam-packed with state-of-the-art woodturning products, tool and lathe manufacturers, supplies, and more.Observe or participate in auctions that benefit nonprofit grant, outreach, and educational woodturning programs.Help provide a safe haven for families with children who are struggling, whether physically, emotionally, or behaviorally through Stormhaven Youth Ranch and chronically sick children through Beads of Courage.Enjoy camaraderie with welcoming woodturners from around the world who share your interest in woodturning. Reconnect with friends and colleagues.|
| 2020 AAW Symposium in Louisville: Save the Date (TRT 2:14) Register today to guarantee your spot in Louisville! Questions? Call us! If you have questions, or need assistance with registration, please call us M-F, 8:30am to 4:30pm Central time, toll-free (U.S.) at 877-595-9094 or direct at 651-484-9094. 222 Landmark Center | 75 5th St W, St. Paul, MN 55102-7704|
877-595-9094 | 651-484-9094 | woodturner.org
Woodcraft has several classes going on each month – we know of a basic relief carving class, two bowl turning classes and a pen turning class that are in the future. See Kyle or Leslie, or check their website.
Chicago woodturners is sponsoring a woodturning symposium July 24-26, 2020. Featured demonstrators include Andy Cole, Cynthia Carden Gibson, Michael Hosaluk, Eric Lofstrum, Chris Ramsey, Avelino Samuel, plus regional demonstrators. Flyers are available at the club meeting or check their website (www.turnonchicago.com)
In the coming months, we will be changing the format of the newsletter. It will be more in the format of other clubs and will be available on the first of the month instead of the current reminder the week before the meeting. We still plan to send a reminder the week of the meeting because we understand how busy some of you are. Please bear with us while we work through the details of this change.