MARCH TURNERS ANONYMOUS MEETING!
Happy St. Patty’s Day! – Even to those of you that are only Irish for one day of the year. Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, March. 16thth is our meeting day. 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.
Some of you have expressed a concern about parking due to the parade. All I can tell you is that in the past this has not been a problem. Either we get there before the party starts, or maybe we are too far from downtown. At any rate, I suggest you avoid the downtown area.
FIRST OF ALL
Please forgive my tardiness with the monthly newsletter. We on the board, along with a few past leaders have been busy scouting a new meeting location. By now, you all have heard that after the May meeting we will no longer be meeting in our current location. Contemporary Craft has bought a new building, but renovations will not have the new location ready until our September meeting in 2020. Therefore, we have looked at several alternative locations, some temporary, one could be permanent. Our goal is to have this resolved before we take our summer break.
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM:
Mike Nathal from North Coast Turners will show us how he does an emerging bowl. This is one of those “how did he do that” things that I always wanted to watch.
Mike worked as a metallurgist for NASA for 32 years before retiring in 2013. As an engineer, he was involved in projects ranging from the development of new materials to improve jet and rocket engines, to enhancing the reliability of robotic deep space probes so that they could continue to operate for 20 years or more.
He started teaching himself woodcarving in 2008 and turning in 2011. He joined North Coast Woodturners in 2012 and has been in the shop ever since. He enjoys a wide variety of turning projects but hollow forms and spheres are his favorites.
You will find that Mike is an experienced demonstrator and we all will come away with a new skill to amaze family and friends.
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
- 2 — $20 Gift Certificate from Craft Supplies
- 1” HSS Bowl Scraper
- Wagner Texturing Tool
- Ready-To-Turn Pen Kits (10 in the Box)
- Woodcut Tri-Gauge
- $10 Parking Pass
- Bowl Blank – donated by Woodcraft
- & 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.
- TA club member (non-current board member)
- Like spending money (and getting reimbursed)
- Like making money (for the club)
- Great Personality
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. At some later date, we will draw the winning name. So every meeting that you attend, you can add your name to the drawing. The more meetings attended the more chances to win!!
Pat is always busy improving our club website. A new addition is the club roster 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, Bill will be collecting dues for 2019. See him at his usual perch in the back corner and cough up that 30 bucks. While you are there, please check the roster to see if your contact information is up to date.
SHIRT ORDER – Don’t panic, if you weren’t able to attend the January meeting. Becky rolled over the unpaid orders to the next shirt order. So there is another Polo and Denim shirt order in the works. In fact, the orders and the money will not be due until the March 16th 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, the final cost will be $32.00.
$27.00 for the shirt with 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).
APRIL – CHANGE OF MEETING DATE DUE TO EASTER HOLIDAY. We have moved the meeting to April 27th. Classes will be on Sunday, April 28th and Monday, April 29th.
Ted Sokolowski will visit for a demo and classes. Ted has developed a unique method of making beautiful metal inlays in woodturnings and will demonstrate this at the April meeting. For those of you wanting to add this to your bag of tricks, classes will be available on Sunday and Monday.
We have managed to keep the cost for the Saturday program down to the customary $30 per person. This includes the normal coffee and donuts and pizza or salad for lunch. Sunday or Monday class will be $150, plus a small materials fee that we are still negotiating. See Bill to reserve a spot for the demo or one of the classes.
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.
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.
AAW SYMPOSIUM – RALEIGH N.C.
Plans are being made for a picnic at Evergreen Park in Ross Township. Possibly in August, details to follow.
I am amazed every month by the items you bring in every month. Please continue to share with us because we all can learn from each other. Also, if you have a partially completed project, bring it in – we love to see work in-progress.
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,