Oct 18 2017

6th Annual Huron Valley Woodturners Holiday Sale and Benefit!

2017 Holiday flyer

Oct 17 2017

Special Upcoming Meeting for November

Our November meeting will held on Nov. 26th. Kathleen Duncan will be doing a demonstration on piercing. Kathleen is visiting the area from the Pacific Northwest giving us the exciting opportunity to lear from her. From her website, she says

As a child, Kathleen was introduced to woodturning by her father. She was fascinated watching as chips flew off the spinning wood. It wasn’t until after his death that she first attempted to turn something on the lathe she’d inherited from him. Following her move to Ridgefield (WA) a few years later, she became a member of the two woodturning clubs in Portland. The clubs were a starting point for learning more about woodturning techniques and wood in general. More recently, Kathleen has become a member of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild

Be sure to check out her amazing turnings on her website and come with your questions!

Oct 15 2017

October Meeting


1. Steve, our treasurer, had sent out a report of our current balance.

2. Our next meeting will take place the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 26th from 1-3.) We will have a nationally known woman woodturner demonstrating piercing. We are paying her $150.
Erica is double checking with Thelma Tucker to make sure this change of date is ok. Dan Chapman is almost 100% sure that it will be fine. We discussed whether to charge non members. We agreed not to so as to encourage more people joining our club. Jeff B. has agreed to help Dan K with bringing up the TV monitor and set up.

3. Our Holiday Sale is Dec. 2 and 3. Mark agreed to work with Erica on publicity and getting it together. Erica got a sense of who wants to sell at the show. We talked about spending some money on publicity this year with either posters or more roadside signs. There was a lot of agreement that roadside signs in the same colors as flyers make sense. Lots of great suggestions emerged from the discussion. Places to advertise included: the Patch, Current, Sun Times, MLine, and local highschool electronic billboards. The sale/benefit will take place at Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd, Dexter, as in the past.

4. We continue to need club officers.

5. Erica updated information about the WIT grant and Eisenhower Center. Dan is currently picking up the Robust lathe.

6. The next craft fair is in Frankenmuth. Dan and Erica are going.

7. Russ talked about the recent craft fairs at Pioneer Day and Bruce talked about the Woodcarvers’ Sale in Saline.

8. John Westman has invited the club to come and visit his new workshop in Webster Township. The club all agreed that we would like to start doing workshop visits again to get new ideas on what’s possible in a workshop!!

9. The club would like to have a list of all potential craft/art fairs. It was suggested that we have a presence at the Novi wood show. And Dexter has a fair at Creekside that is nearby.

10. Mark suggested we create a membership application to handout when guests come.

11. One more ticket needs to be sold before we can draw the special raffle for the buffing system.

12. We did not have a regular raffle today.

13. Erica brought in a slippery elm burl for show and tell.

14. Mark gave us a great demo on joinery. He told us that people did joinery over 4500 years ago. He then went into a variety of kinds. Dovetails were developed to allow for expanding and contracting. Box joints provide more surface area and the more SA, the better the joint. Tongue and groove also allows for expanding and contracting. He passed around miter joint and other samples of joinery including rabbet joints and guitar neck joints. He brought tools he used including a diamond point scraper with an 85 degree angle. He brought “reassembled” lamp and a remarkable globe comprised of more pieces that he could tell us. He discussed its construction which used a router. His next challenge is to take orbs and do offset turning. Members asked lots of questions and John F mentioned mounting a chain saw on a lathe and mentioned Mark Linquist as someone who has done this.

15. Finally, we talked safety. Joe talked about tripping over extension cords when they are covered by sawdust. And the group talked about how chain saws are very dangerous. Mark said that many students mess up because they do not think ahead of time about what direction of force the tool delivers and how much you, the human, have to compensate.

Thanks, Mark, for a great demo!!

May 20 2017

April 2017 Meeting Summary

Jeff Braunscheidel (president), with input from Steve, Ron, and Dan, discussed most of the items covered in the Executive Forum.

Steve (treasurer), reported our account balance and recent expenses paid.
20 people have paid dues. We have 23 people in our club with the junior members included.

Jeff talked about the AAW incentive running through July where club members who have never joined AAW can join for half price ($30).

We will have a Learn and Turn next Saturday, April 29. Jeff, Erica and Dan will be there. It occurs at the Eisenhower Center and will run from 1-4 pm. People need to bring wood and tools. You don’t have to stay there the entire time.

The website looks good. Jeff summarizes our meeting notes for Pat to put on the website. Jeff pointed out that there are very few pictures of our meetings and work on the website. Steve asked that anyone having pictures from club meetings place them in “Dropbox”. He needs our names to give us access to this program that captures large amounts of memory. Contact him if you have any questions.

The position of secretary is still open. While Erica is filling in temporarily, we really need someone to step up and take this over. Anyone willing to cover this should contact one of the officers or talk to Erica if they have any questions.

Ron brought in the club patches which look fantastic. We passed out these patches to each attending club member today. Every club member gets one patch free and if anyone wants another patch, they are available for $2. Erica kept track of who got the patches.

We discussed the building agreement. It was suggested that instead of renewing it each year that we request an ungoing use agreement that would not expire. We would simply provide a calendar of meeting/event dates at the start of each year. Jeff and Steve will work on this.

Dan Chapman mentioned that there might be the possibility that we could hold our Holiday Sale in Dexter at a centralized building there, thus putting our work in easy access to the holiday shoppers.

This month the special raffle is an assortment of abranet sandpaper disks. Next month it will be the Beal Buffing System. Dan is looking into something that will allow this to be more easily used on any lathe with a #2 morse taper headstock.

Erica will be sending out a contact list now that most of the dues have been paid. This list will also be used to receive discounts from Hartville and Klingspor.

A former club member has offered his large workshop for a place to hold demonstrations from professional turners. The Exec Board will look into this.

Steve St. Charles talked about safety issues of which one is turning unstable pieces of wood. He was lucky he was wearing his shield when one he was working on came off the lathe and wacked him pretty good.

Show and Tell:
We had three guests today, one of them (Robert) talked about his turned pens. The finish he uses is CA glue.

Another brought in an assortment of bandsaw blades for the group.

Mark brought in his three lamps, each made of different wood. He also talked about his use of Elmer’s glue instead of Anchor Seal for sealing wood end grain….much cheaper and accomplishes the same thing.

John Fink showed us his tapered reamer that he made to helps him insert stool legs. He used a dry wall saw blade and hard maple.

Karl showed us his eucalyptus ringed bowl and explained how he made it. He advised that the bottom of bowls should be a third of the diameter. He also showed us another ringed bowl that had veneer to separate the rings.

Dan showed us his cherry and Bradford pear vessels. He uses the min-wax, wipe-on poly with sanding at 400 between the 8 coats.

Steve showed us the chopping board for his “mezza luna” vegetable cutter. The finish was mineral oil.

Maurice’s Demonstration on pen turning and assembly:

  • He likes Penn State to buy the kits which have all the instructions we need. He uses both wood and acrylic.
  • He showed us the slotted wood in which he lays out the order of pen parts so that he doesn’t screw up.
  • He sands the brass tube so that the glue/epoxy will hold.
  • He drills a hole in the blank. He drills ½ way through and backs out slowly to avoid chipping. The cutting bit is specially sized to match the type of pen being made.
  • Using special jaws on his chuck he holds the drilled blank with the brass insert glued in and carefully cuts the end of the blank square down to the brass insert.
  • He puts the mandrel on the lathe then puts the drilled blank with the brass insert glued in unto the mandrel.
  • Turning acrylic can be tricky because eyeballing the colors impacts depth perception. He advises turning acrylic slower.
  • He sands starting at 320, then 400, then 1500.
  • He also demonstrated the use of the press to assemble all the parts of the pen once the turning was completed.
  • The cost of all the various tool aides he used was about $150…pen press, pen mandrel, pen jaws, punches…..

Apr 25 2017

Turning at the Eisenhower Center

Several years ago Jose Avila, a staff member of the Eisenhower Center (EC), an organization working with folks with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), approached our outreach coordinator, Russ Clinard. He wondered if our club ever worked with these unfortunate accident victims, veterans, and athletes whose brains had been injured.

This population varies a great deal in symptoms but TBI can affect speech, walking, thinking, fine motor coordination, and emotional control. Russ initially invited several EC clients to his own workshop and they started making a wooden football and a baseball bat. As more clients indicated an interest, Erica Perry, Dan Konyn and Ron Hall joined Russ in this volunteer work.

It was such fun for both clients and our members, that Dan and Erica decided to write a grant to the AAW for a lathe that could be placed at the EC. This would allow more clients to become involved.

We were thrilled to receive $1400 which allowed us to buy a lathe as well as several tools and other supplies. Initially, we had to carry the lathe from a first floor conference room to a courtyard where we mentored over 6 clients in doing woodturning. We began by going out to the EC once a week but soon realized that this did not meet the needs of our TBI folks so we added another day, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 to 5.

Dan realized that we would not be able to mentor outside in the winter and he and Russ spoke with Jose and Charlie, his boss, and discussed other possibilities. Erica called a board member and explained our dilemma. Shockingly, the board decided to spend $5000 and create a little workshop for us behind one of the campus buildings.

Meanwhile, Dan utilized his “it doesn’t hurt to ask” skills and began to supplement our supply of tools, grinder, lathes, wood, etc. so that now we have three lathes in our little workshop and can mentor up to four folks at any given time. Hartville, Woodcraft, Lee Valley, Penn State, Packard, and Yazaka, have all contributed out of the kindness of their hearts so that we now have quite a wonderful space to mentor in.

Each of the TBI clients is a character in some way, and a sweetheart as well. They have amazing stories to tell about how they came to have TBI and they very much appreciate our listening as well as our mentoring of woodturning. One woman is wheelchair bound, can hardly use one hand, yet is making wooden pendants and earrings that she paints. She was run over in a hit and run over 20 years ago altering her life forever, yet she maintains a sparkle in her eye and funny sense of humor.

Another client also is in a wheelchair and we have watched his fine motor skills improve dramatically as he moved from making candlestick holders to bowls. He joins Russ and Ron in teasing Erica mercilessly, and a wonderful camaraderie has developed. One Afghanistan war vet told us that this was the best therapy that EC offered.
We also are able to use this workshop for the Learn and Turn Saturdays that we have planned for this year.

Russ, Dan, Erica and Ron welcome any club members who would like to mentor these fascinating and grateful folks. Please contact Dan for coordination and times if you are interested. His telephone number is 734 658-4238. His email address is dankonyn@gmail.com.

Mar 28 2017

Special April Meeting Date

Our regularly scheduled meeting time for April (3rd Sunday of the month) is Easter. So that we can enjoy the holiday, we will instead meet on April 23rd.

Mar 21 2017

Time to pay your 2017 dues!

Dues are $60, unless you are under the age of 18 and considered a Junior. Then dues are waived.

Dues entitle members to great discounts among various woodturning businesses, not to mention belonging to a great group of woodturners who love to share ideas, techniques and problem solving with each other.

We hope to have all dues collected by April so that the secretary of the club can turn in membership lists to these organizations to renew our discounts.

Jul 26 2015

Dead-on Angles by Al Goldstein

The club’s own Al Goldstein has written an article for the August 2015 edition of Woodworking Journal magazine.  Check it out!

Apr 20 2015

The Tool Shop in Canton

The Tool Shop in Canton buys and sells used tools. Stop by the store or check out their website!

The Tool Shop
6138 N. Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI 48187…