Nov 18 2018

November Meeting

General Meeting

Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Attendance: 13
New Members and Visitors: none

Steve gave a financial report, all is good. Details available upon request.

The new lease agreement has been signed and covers both 2019 and 2020. Rent went up $5 per month which board decided was reasonable before authorizing the president to sign the lease.

There is an option for the club to hold a December meeting on the 3rd Saturday (instead of Sunday) as the Farmer’s Market will be using the building the 3rd Sunday in December. After discussion, the club members present decided to not hold a regular meeting in December. See you in January!

Eisenhower Center activities continue. Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend and help however they feel comfortable. The decision was made to purchase a new Jet lathe with some of the remaining EIC funds in the account. Contact Dan Konyn for details or if any questions.

Holiday Sale is December 1st & 2nd at the Crossroads Community Center 5501 Webster Church RD. Dexter, MI 48130.

Jeff reported that the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) https://www.woodturner.org funded 28 scholarships for its members. The scholarship pays for woodturning course only, no travel, lodging or meals. Offered in two locations:

      Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg TN –https://www.arrowmont.org
      The Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC- – https://www.folkschool.org

As an affiliated club, we can nominate one candidate per 50 members. That is one for us. Each club is to set up their criteria for selection. All nominated members must have a membership in AAW. Board members decided to put names of all interested in a hat and draw one out to nominate from our club. Members were informed that if they wanted to be in the drawing for the scholarship to let Jeff know before December 15, 2018. This will allow time to get the nominee submitted to AAW before the January 7, 2018 deadline. Those chosen for a scholarship by AAW will be informed by January 21, 2019. For greater detail, log into AAW’s web page and search for Scholarships.

There is an opportunity for local AAW chapters to send demonstrators and club information to an event at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware at 26160 Ingersoll Drive, Novi, MI 48375 on February 9th2019. Demonstrators would make a tool handle or complete a woodturning kit. Jeff committed our chapter as interested and when we find out if we are selected we’ll put out the word for volunteers to do the demos. There will be further discussion at January’s meeting when we should know if our club has been selected.

Show and tell:

Jeff Braunschiedel presented a couple new items

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Steve Kolpacke presented an urn that he made














Dimtri Coucouvanis presented the following items

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Mark presented a couple of segmented bowls he is working on.















image015Internet Club Deals

  • Club members are encouraged to use Woodturners Wonders, www.woodturnerswonder.comfor some of their shop needs. If you do so and mention HVWT, the club will receive points that it can use in the future.
  • Members can receive a 15% discount through Hartville Tool, www.hartvilletool.com. Be sure to mention your club’s name.
  • Members can receive a 10% discount from Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop


Time to Learn
John Fink presented and very informative presentation and demonstration on Finials. He referenced the book “Hand or Simple Turning, Principles & Practices by John Holtzapffel and Classic Forms by Stuart E. Dyas.

John demonstrated turning a simple finial and prepared the notes at the end for your convenience. Unfortunately, you’ll have to type the links into your browser at this point, but we’ll work on sending the notes in a separate email where you can simply click on them.

John also made a special tailstock insert for holding the top of the finials. The center is hollowed out allowing a waxed string to be loosely wrapped around the top of the finial to 4 nails at 12, 3, 6 & 9 O’clock. The tension is set by the weight of a medium-sized hemostat hanging down with the pull of gravity. This allows the finial to spin w/o vibration.