Jun 17 2018

June Meeting

President’s report

  • Jeff gave a detailed treasurer’s report.
  • Dan will coordinate the table reservations for the Holiday Sale. Members may reserve a Holiday Sale table at which to sell their creations for $10 but should do so soon; if space permits, nonmembers will be able to sell craft items for $15 per table.
  • HVW will be demonstrating woodturning at the Webster Fall Festival on September 22; an email was sent out to all members, asking for volunteer demonstrators. There will also be an opportunity to sell your woodturnings for a small number of members in the club spot.
  • The Saline Woodcarving Show will be on October 6 at the Saline Liberty school off Ann Arbor Saline Rd . Turners may sell their work at a sales table for a $15 fee. Contact Tom Jacobson at 734-476-3411 if interested.
  • On Saturday, June 16, Jeff B., Dan K., and Bill A. demonstrated woodturning at the Art on the River event in Commerce. HVW will sign up as an “artist group” for future Art on the River events.
  • The HVW officers decided that our next “special raffle” will be for an LED lamp with a magnetic base that can be used on a lathe; details of the particular lamp will be announced later; tickets will be $5 each. Officers will be looking into a powered filtering headshield as the next special raffle iteml
  • The officers also discussed exploring possibilities for demonstrating at one of the Ann Arbor summer art fairs in 2019 (and possibly at other local art fairs).
  • The President’s Challenge project is to create a turning with some sort of inlay; this inlay could be wood, metal, epoxy, turquoise, etc. Bring your project to the July meeting to show your work (and get a free “regular raffle” ticket).


Safety Discussion

Joe described an accident that happened while grinding a skew chisel. Somehow, the skew was thrown from his hands and left him with a badly cut knee that required stitches. There was speculation that the cause of the accident might have been that the tool wasn’t adequately supported on the grinder toolrest, but no definitive cause was determined. (I think he said that a piece of the skew edge was broken off, so maybe that failure caused the accident somehow.)


Show and Tell

  • Dan B. showed a nicely crafted and rather novel “yarn bowl” that had a spiral cutout from the rim into the bowl’s wall; while a ball of yarn sits in the cherry bowl, yarn is fed through the cutout to the knitter, so the cutout must have no sharp edges.
    Jeff B. showed a sycamore bowl with a very nice “added base” that raised the bowl in order to better show off the bowl profile. The bowl showed the nice “ray fleck” figure to be found in sycamore; it was finished with oil and polyurethane.
  • John F. showed a small hollow vessel with a wide top rim and short narrow neck; this was made from a piece of Crimson King Norway maple that had interesting color variations; he has a childhood memory of planting the tree with his father. John also showed a small scoop made from a small branch from his apple tree.
  • Steve SC showed a box made from rare Missouri-grown slippery elm; as a lid inlay, the box lid had a circular medallion from a pin owned by his nurse wife.
  • Joe E. showed two nicely-made large winged boxes turned from padauk and figured maple. The winged bases have a square profile when viewed from above; the wings curve out and down from the circular rim of the box bases.




A variety of turning blanks were distributed in the raffle: these included chunks of locust, walnut, narra, figured maple, and osage orange.


Demonstration and Presentation

Karl Anderson presented “Why tools get dull — tool life.” He discussed the four main factors that affect woodturning tool life: hardness of the tool, cutting-edge angle, cutting speed, and the composition and hardness of the wood being cut. The bulk of the presentation was about steel that can be hardened, and it was emphasized that with proper quality control in manufacturing, woodturning tools can be made to a (Rockwell C) hardness of HRC 68; furthermore, those tools need not be brittle. He would not buy a tool that has a hardness less than about 64, but most woodturning tool manufacturers do not provide the hardness rating so it is “hard” to determine this. Karl demonstrated the hardening of 0.8% carbon steel drill rod using a MAPP gas torch; such steel can be hardened by heating to 1450 °F and quenching it in water or oil; it can then be tempered in an oven at 400 °F for 15-30 minutes. If one follows proper safety measures, and establishes the tool shape and profile prior to hardening and tempering, this process can be used at home to make small woodturning tools (e.g., scrapers and skews). Thanks to Karl for an engaging and very informative presentation!




May 28 2018

May Meeting Minutes

Meeting was held at 5501 Webster Church Rd. Dexter, MI 48130

Executive Meeting stated at 12:10 on May 20, ended at 12:50.

  • Jeff Braunscheidel (President)
  • (Dan Konyn past President.)
  • Steve Kolpacke (Treasurer)
  • Erica Perry & Jim Westgate (Co-Secretaries) These are Jim’s notes. Erica will not attend the next two meetings due to babysitting needs in Baltimore.


Treasure’s report

  • HVWT is in good financial shape. (Current balance is available to paid members upon request)
  • Steve requested permission to get a club credit card from our bank for paying bills, etc. This was approved. (TCS Bank Visa card).
  • Sue Fritz donated $250.00 to our Eisenhower Center work in memory of her deceased husband. This is in addition to her donation last year of $500.
  • Web site fee was authorized for upcoming payment, $35 & $95, two different payments.
  • Fees for use of the building may go up. Will have to see what board decides later this year.


General conversation:

  • Art On The River was mentioned. This event takes place at Dodge Park in Commerce Township. Historically the $75.00 fee is waived if a lathe demonstration is done.
  • Significant conversation about the “Holiday Sale”
    • “Young Joe” will be Chairman.
    • Looking for ways to advertise, Flyers, “A” frame sign, Newspaper, Facebook, (get help if needed.)
    • Meeting room and upstairs needs to be decorated so any help would be appreciated on the morning of November 30th.. Let Joe know if you plan on helping so he knows how much help he’ll have.
    • Sale takes place on December 1st and 2nd with cleanup afterwards.
    • The set up will be similar to past years. One table per vendor.
    • Table fee discussion. $10 fee for members and $15 for nonmembers was decided upon.
    • All sales will be charged a 20% fee for charity of which half goes to the Historical Society (They own the building.) and half to whichever charity is selected for this year.
    • Sharron Konyn may be cashier.
    • Dan Konyn will keep track of vendors and collect vendor fees.
    • Erica is going to do the advertising, suggestions appreciated.
    • May be as many as 20 vendors
    • If you want to present your goods for sale, you must commit by end of September to Dan.
  • Special raffle suggestions were requested, here are some ideas but no decision was made.
    • Magnetic lathe lamp
    • Negative rake scrapper
    • Piercing tool
    • Bowl Gouge
    • Face shield
    • Face air filters / mask
    • Face shield with blown filtered air
    • Carving tools or power carving setup.
    • Fordham sander
    • Don Darry boring system
    • Carter spindle steady rest (this is lathe specific and needs to be custom ordered.)
    • Custom branding iron.


Show and Tell:

Mark Krecic showed a number of beautiful bowls make from Box Elder and Carpathian Walnut.

Bill Anderson showed us his spalted maple box.

Presidents Challenge was a carved box. (Presenters receive a free raffle ticket.)
Erica Perry had a number of items she carved on, bowls and a turned “box” that looked like an acorn with windows and a front door. Nicely done.

Jeff Braunscheidel presented a gourd that he was midway through the process of carving oak leaves on and a small box with a simple carved top.

These were the only entries in the challenge and the voting selected Erica’s “acorn fairy house” as the winner.

No challenge was set up for next month.






Fofie Pappas on chip carving. She displayed a number of “Chip Carved” boards finished with paste wax. She does not sand after cutting. She discussed the process of copying the image to the board and then cutting. She brought a number of items in. She has been doing this for long time and her work looked very good. Demonstrated various knives, she showed her work on boards, boxes… There is a magazine that she referred to for patterns, but the name was not recorded. Bruce should know or can find out if anyone is interested.

Her knife sharpening process is, rough stone, fine stone and a leather strop.

Connie Saleubien presented on “burning” an image in wood. She demonstrated an inexpensive (~$30) and a more expensive tool (~$!00+). Each has interchangeable heads that present different patterns. The longer you hold the tool on the wood, the darker the burn.
She mentioned that there are a number of books available to get patterns and transferring the drawing to the wood. She finds the hardest thing to burn is a straight line.

Erica Perry presented some of her work. As she showed before in the meeting she had bowls with flowers and patterns in them. She uses a Dremel tool, a power carver, an engraver tool, and two sets of chisels and various knives. She indicated the smaller tools fatigued her hands faster than larger gripped handles.

Bruce Boughner presented his carving of mother and child, a 3 headed dragon walking stick as well as a one with a polished rock embedded. All looked beautifully well done. He presented his chisels, at least 3 sets, small to large. A significant array of cutting edges. No discussion of sharpening.

Minutes were taken and drafted by Jim Westgate (co-secretary) with edits from officers.

Apr 20 2018

Pictures from April Meeting

Some lovely items were brought to the April meeting by some of our members



Mar 15 2018

February 2018 Meeting

Huron Valley Woodturners

February 18, 2018
(very brief due to the president taking notes while running meeting)

  • Treasurer Reports about $5,415 club funds ($5,478 total with grant funds added). Dues are now due and are $60 annually
  • Use of the building and time has been agreed to with the Historical Society. We will continue to have the use of the entire building on the 3rd Sunday from 12-3. They will not use the building for the farmer’s market on the 3rd Sunday, although they might start using the grounds during the warmer weather periods. This might change for 2019. Members are encouraged to keep an eye out for other possibilities for a permanent meeting location.
  • Discussion of upcoming demonstrations resulted in Mark K. agreeing to do scrapers (including negative rake scrapers) for the March meeting. Carbide turning tools will be the likely topic for the April Meeting.
  • The president’s challenge was to do something and use a negative rake scraper on it and be prepared to discuss your experience.
  • Safety Experience – Use the Powermatic grate for starting off balance pieces and when turning green wood without the tailstock. Jeff B. described very large, wet piece coming out of chuck when tailstock was not used. Was very grateful for the grate catching that piece.
  • Eisenhower Center update from Dan K.
    • They could use some helpers since some of the usual ones are gone or out of commission right now. You don’t need to teach turning, just be a second pair of hands to help.
    • Also need wood donated as most of what they had has been used up. Get in touch with Dan if you have some to donate or bring it to the meeting.
    • The program has been funded by the Center, donations, and tool shop sales. Consider donation of tools of all types for resale at the ToolShop to benefit the EC.
  • Show & Tell
    • Mark showed some negative rake scrapers he made and sample work with them.
    • Jeff B. had a curly maple vase dyed with black aniline dye
  • A raffle was held for several nice pieces of wood and a special raffle for an assortment of abranet or foam cushion sanding disks.
  • Demonstration of Design Basics by John Fink with a very nice powerpoint presentation
    1. Consider what focus of piece will be (shape, color, grain pattern, texture, etc.)
    2. What will be its function (will it work, be decorative or “artistic”)
    3. Basic Elements
      1. Form
      2. Wood properties or features
      3. Texture
      4. Color
      5. Contrasts
    4. Multiple Elements combined in the same piece can be better than a single one

Feb 08 2018

Demo Announced for February Meeting!

At our February 18 meeting, John Fink will be presenting a demonstration on basic design considerations. Should be a great talk that generates a good discussion. See you at the next meeting!

Jan 22 2018

January 2018 Meeting

Huron Valley Woodturners

January 21, 2018


Executive Forum minutes

1. We discussed breakdowns with Webster Historical Society, the Farmer’s Market and our meeting schedule. We have a few options: move upstairs during the Farmer’s Market, move our time to 3-6 on Sundays, meet at Eisenhower Center, move to the Tool Shop in Westland. We decided to keep the same hours and move upstairs for now. Dan Chapman and Jeff will talk with Thelma, the current Society president, and confirm.
2. We discussed the need for 3 officers; Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
3. The Treasurer’s report showed that the Holiday Sale brought in $2903 and that we contributed $600 to charities. The Club made $364.
4. Dan made the suggestion regarding the Webster Fall Festival that vendors pay the table fees, not the club. He would also like to see the raffle proceeds from the Holiday Sale to go to future holiday sales and he would like to charge members per table for the Holiday Sale and non-members a bit more per table.


General Meeting Minutes

1. Jeff introduced three guests: Carroll, Jim W and Jim H.
2. We talked about the meeting schedule conflict and agreed to meet upstairs at the same time. We will let the membership know if the Webster Historical Society has a problem with this.
3. Steve gave the Treasurer’s Report and let people know that his official duties were done as of this year.
4. Dues need to be collected: $60 per member unless you are a junior member. Junior members do not pay dues.
5. Officer elections: John Fink agreed to be VP until he moves. Jim Westgate agreed to be secretary in partnership with Erica. Steve agreed to continue on as treasurer for a while. This allows us to go ahead and pay for club insurance given that we have a full roster of club officials. Karl suggested that the club buy AAW membership for any members interested in running. The members present voted to pay the first year’s AAW membership for a non-AAW member willing to become an officer.
6. Dan brought up the topic of safety in using chain saws: don’t do it at night.
6. We moved on to demonstration topics for the year and we talked about finding a way to see videos on certain topics, i.e. you tube, DVD’s, etc. We also talked about having guest demonstrators and the need to pay them for coming.

Demonstration Ideas:

  • Scrapers including negative rake scrapers
  • Carving on turned work (perhaps Bruce and Erica)
  • Woodburning (perhaps Bruce could suggest someone from the Carving club)
  • Inside-out turning (Carroll’s suggestion)
  • Off-center turning
  • Carbide tools (Mark?)
  • Holding and mounting wood (John F?)
  • Vacuum chucking discussion (Karl?)
  • Design elements (John F)
  • Blank prep (Gary?)
  • Segmented turning (can we get Mitch?)
  • Urn making


7. Eisenhower Center community work. We work with traumatic brain injury clients in a workshop behind the South Building, 3200 Eisenhower Parkway, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-5. We also have agreed to mentor people on the second Saturday of the month from 1-4 there. We finished our women in turning grant in November and 21 women participated and may come to the Saturday learn and turn. Erica will send out an email to the club as a reminder before each Saturday. Please RSVP if you want to come so we don’t get overbooked. And of course, we would be happy to include you in the regular Tuesday and Thursdays and can meet an hour earlier if you want some mentoring time. Just call Erica or Dan.
8. We had a show and tell time with Mark, Jeff, John, and Gary showing items including miniature goblet, cigar case, bowls, vessel, and pierced goose eggs!! Will have pictures uploaded on our website.
9. we had a special raffle drawing of sandpaper which Erica won (!)
10. We had an auction of tools and exotic woods from Russ’s workshop which totaled $300.

Next general membership meeting is Feb 18 at 1:00pm at the Crossroads Community Center, 2nd floor. The reminder that is sent out before the meeting will have information on the demonstration for that meeting.

Thanks Erica for the quick turn around on these meeting minutes.

Jan 21 2018

HVWT Help Cherished Members Move His Shop

Many of club members volunteered to help Russ move his workshop on Saturday, January 20. Here are some pictures that show Dan’s truck loaded to the brim with bowl blanks, and the barn that we transported all of Russ’s extraneous equipment to including the goats that guard the barn. Kudos To Joe, Dan K, Bruce, Ron Hall, Erica and Robert, Bonnie, Al, Pat, Jeff Salter, Charles Bradley, and moved all sorts of items that of been collected over the years.




Nov 27 2017

November Meeting


IMG_0363Executive Forum today covered the following items which were expanded upon in the General Meeting. We had 5 new guests at our meeting.

1. The WIT grant was a success with 21 women participating. Some of these women wanted to continue to turn on Saturdays. We have scheduled Dec 9 from 1-5 as a Turn and Learn day at Eisenhower Center.
2. After several negotiations, our latest building agreement includes the following: We continue to pay $50 per month; We continue to be able to have our Holiday Sale if we have Webster Historical Society as one of our Charities; We meet at our usual time of 1pm instead of the 3-6pm that we had thought we had to switch to; our members can sell at their Farmer’s Market, and the FM vendors can participate in our Holiday Sale.
3. We are not meeting in December other than at the Holiday Sale.
4. The treasurer ordered new checks and noted that we will need three new officers in 2018. Steve’s term is up.

5. The officers approved the expenditure for the Holiday Sale signs.
Holiday signs were distributed among the membership. Please check to see if I accurately recorded who took a sign and at what location they were placing it. Those who took signs need to pick them up after the sale next Sunday afternoon and return them to Crossroads Community Center.

N. Territorial and Webster Church: Erica
Jennings and N. Territorial: Erica
Alexanders farm market and N. Territorial: Jeff
Mast and Territorial: Mark
Joy and Webster Church: Erica
Huron River Dr. and Mast: Mark
Pontiac Trail and N. Territorial: Dan K
Zeeb and Joy: Dan C
Jeff’s driveway: Jeff
Whitmore lake Rd. and Joy: Jeff
Dexter Pinckney and Territorial: Jeff
Bill took one for his neighborhood
Joe E took one for his neighborhood

We also discussed letting the Farmer’s Market folks use our big signs for their purposes.

Kathleen Duncan’s Demo on Piercing
She talked about using industrial ammonia in a plastic bag with oak pieces
She uses “DustBGone” and a 3M air filtration system which is very expensive.
She told us that many clubs have safety officers.
She has a dusty extractor for pyrography
She turns very thin in order to pierce: 2 millimeter
she uses digital calipers with every cut to assure even thinness
She puts screw protectors on the calipers so that they don’t dent the thin wood
She pointed out that orientation is very important.
She uses dry wood though has experimented with green wood which has to be done in one day.
She talked about boiling Medron pieces to reduce wood movement
In order to get her b owls very thin, she uses a square scraper (David Schweitzer or Don Derry system as hollowing tools for spindle hollowing.
IMG_0366She talked about the use for negative rake scrapers and suggested we watch Sam Angelo’s video on this tool’s use.
She sands her pieces to 600.
She has a 699L and cleans the bit with a welding rod.
The dental drill burns as it turns and she uses it from left to right because she is left handed and moves clockwise with the drill.
She showed us the micro motor Mystica which runs up to 30,000 and demonstrated cutting dimples.
She sprays some of her pieces with archival Crylon finish.

Her talk on Design was interesting as she showed us with a chain what Caternary curve was and said that shape is most important.
Next is proportion and shared a golden mean guide with us.
She said she got different ideas for design from coloring books and from nature, (tracing leaves, eg.) She also shared a trick using an inflated balloon within a piece in order to paint the outside.
She demonstrated how to divide a piece into an odd number of sections using a compass and protractor.Then she draws grids as guides.

Kathleen did let us try her tools which was great fun!


Dan has requested that woodturning vendors donate a piece/bowl/ for the raffle. This is how we reimburse our club for expenditures relating to the Holiday Sale.

He also asked that people let Erica know if they would be willing to demonstrate on the lathe.

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!

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