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) 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 –
      The Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC- –

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, 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.




Aug 19 2018

August 2018 Meeting

Minutes of August 19, 2018 Club Meeting
Meeting was held at Crossroads Community Center at 5535 Webster Church Rd. Dexter, MI 48130


Executive Meeting 12:00

  • Jeff Braunscheidel (President) present
  • Dan Konyn (Past President) present
  • Steve Kolpacke (Treasurer) present
  • Jim Westgate (Co-Secretary) present
  • Russ Clinard
  • Bruce Boughner


Items Discussed (see club meeting notes for details):
Financial Report, Picnic, Eisenhower Center, Events, Raffles, Lease, Demonstrator planning


Regular Club meeting:

Financial report:
Treasurer updated account balances, bills paid, and income received. Contact a club
officer if you want more details. Steve has obtained and started using the new club
credit card that has a 2% rebate on purchases. The second card will be held by the


Jeff volunteered to stay on as president for another 2 years.
Erica Perry and Jim Westgate remain co-secretaries as well.



No news to share other than Erica is communicating with Thelma about renewing
for the next two years. There is a meeting on 9/21/18 shere Thelma will discuss
with her board the plans for our current meeting place. Hopefully we will still have a
home. New lease agreement will be initiated after we hear what the board has to


Picnic instead of the next meeting, Sept 16: See upcoming events.


Dan secured a donation of the magnetic based and flexible stemmed light from Ken at A thank you note was sent to Ken at Woodturners Wonders in Georgia for the donated light. Tickets sold quickly, the threshold level was met and the lucky ticket holder took it home. It was not Dan for a change. A total of 23 tickets were sold with all proceeds going to the club.

Usual raffle progressed, Bruce was happy his ticket was drawn first as he picked a brand-new small LED light that came with the larger light from Woodturners Wonders. Other members won a few pieces of wood and gift certificates from Advantage Lumber.
If you have items you can contribute to the club for future raffles, please do so.


Jeff will attempt to coordinate with other woodturning clubs in the area to possibly assist in bringing in a professional turner next year for a demonstration at one of these clubs that has the proper facilities. If you have any suggestions, please pass them along to him.


Homework Assignment
Your assignment: For the October meeting, we are doing what I have coined “Road Kill”. This is an adventure of finding and using a piece of ”waste wood”. Take a picture of it where you find it then turn your creative juices on and see if you can make something you’re proud of or not.


Eisenhower Center
3200 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
From 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Open turning on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00PM
This is our clubs outreach to others.
Your help is needed, please stop.


Special request
Need- 2 to 3 inch square pieces of various wood types for basic turning stock. (4 lathes consume a lot of wood.)
Need- Rub on finishes, contact Bruce or Dan for more information.
A special thank you goes out to Jerry and Tim from the Michigan /Ohio Woodturners for their ongoing help.


Upcoming Club Events and Reoccurring Events
September 16th, the 3rd Sunday of September:
Club Picnic beginning at noon since no executive meeting. Picnic will be held outside with the building as a backup if it rains. Club supplies the grill and fuel, meat, buns, and condiments. Members are requested to bring a dish to pass as well as your own chairs. Sign up for your contribution was at the August meeting, if you missed it as I did, bring something good or contact Erica and let her know you are coming and what you are bringing. Dan is going to invite Jerry & Tim from MI/OH Turners to come as they volunteer at the Eisenhower Center regularly. Carter & Sons is donating items for raffle at the picnic and many other raffle items have already been procured as well.

September 22nd. Webster Fall Festival: See Erica’s earlier email to all club members for details or if you want to participate as vendor or demonstrator.

October 6.
Saline Wood Carving Show at “Old Liberty High School” on Ann Arbor Saline RD in the Gym. For more information or if interested contact Bruce Boughner.
$15.00 per table if you want to sell your wares.

October 21. Regular club meeting.

November 18. Regular club meeting.

December 2-3: Club Holiday Sale. Contact Dan Konyn to reserve a spot if you are interested in selling.


Internet Club Deals
-Club members are encouraged to use Woodturners Wonders, for 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, Be sure to mention your club’s name.
-Members can receive a 10% discount from Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop


Safety Corner:
Jeff noted that it’s a bad idea to start the lathe on when your CA is not dry. It turns into a hard mess to clean up.



Jeff Braunscheidel demonstrated the basics of turning a goblet. Start with hollowing the bowl and finish inside completely. Use light cuts so you don’t cause the wood to come out of the chuck. Replace the tail stock holding inside the goblet’s bowl with something to protect the finish. Then proceed with final shaping of the outside and the stem and base. Finish sand outside of stem and base and apply finish, if desired, before parting the goblet off.

Jeff also demonstrated how he made a 3- pointed bowl starting from a cube that is as close to a perfect cube as you can get. It starts by the way you look at the cube. Start by holding one corner in headstock spindle and the opposite corner in the live center with the center point removed. Create a tenon to secure in the headstock and re-secure the opposite corner in the tailstock for initial shaping. As you carefully turn the outside, a 3-pointed figure will appear. Extra care is needed as the protruding points of the 3 sides need light cuts to preserve them. Then remove the tail stock and hollow out the 3-pointed bowl that will appear as you remove the tail-stock portion of the block.

Jul 15 2018

July 2018 Meeting

Huron Valley Woodturners

July 2018 Meeting Minutes


July 15, 2018

Meeting was held at 5535 Webster Church Rd. Dexter, MI 48130


Executive meeting started at noon, ended at ~12:50


Jeff Braunscheidel (President)

John Fink (Vice President)

Dan Konyn (Past President)

Steve Kolpacke (Treasurer)

Jim Westgate (Co-Secretary) Approximately 5 minutes late.


Treasurer’s report:

HVWT continues in good financial standing. Members who want further information are encouraged to attend the Executive meeting starting at noon before the regular meeting starting at 1:00 PM.

Leadership is appropriately handling the club’s capital.  As an example, there was a conversation about a raffle item (flexible stemmed magnetic based work light) that was approved for acquisition only after the funds were raised for the purchase. A special “bucket”, (aka coffee can) was established to hold the funds until purchase is funded.  This could take a while.  There was no conversation about any extra money for the club for the effort. However, there was some discussion about purchasing an air filtering face shield for a future special raffle.

Membership needs to be 20 and greater to maintain working capital.


Give a warm welcome to Dale Tuckey, our newest member.  He has a friendly smile and I can tell, a good sense of humor. I will update the membership list and send one to him. Any other requests?


General Conversation:

– Review last month’s notes on reserving a sale table for the Holiday Sale, Webster Fall Festival on 9/22 and Saline woodcarving Show on 10/6.

-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, Be sure to mention your club’s name.

-Members can receive a 10% discount from Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop.

-The book “The Complete Guide to Sharpening” by Leonard Lee was mentioned as a great resource for sharpening advice.

-Summer potluck picnic will be on September 16ththis year at our usual meeting space, rain or shine. Bring your spouse. At the August meeting, details will be discussed.

-Next month nominations and elections are scheduled for President and Secretary. Those interested are encouraged to step forward.

– Volunteers are needed for demonstrations of skills you have learned.

– In her absence, Erica was nominated to speak with Thelma about renewing the meeting place contract.


Eisenhower Center:  The donated shelving enhanced storage and organization. No report on activity.


I did not do a good job of capturing the notes on the Webster Fall Festival and the Wood Carver’s event.  I think this is old news to you, too fast for me to get it down.  Please add details.


Raffle was a success. Lots of treasures for members to win.



Safety Conversation:

  • Always stay in control.
    • Anchor securely
    • Wear a face shield and protective snug fitting clothes
    • Use hardened metal screws. Never use sheetrock screws. Turn screws at least 7 full turns into the wood.
    • Start slowly and build up speed.
    • Have sharp tools


Bill Andersongave a presentation on turning rolling pins,

He turns two styles — an “American” style with a cylindrical body and handles on both ends, and French style that tapers off and is rounded. He has been turning these from green cherry and finishing them with mineral oil.

Bill uses “Anchorseal 2 Green Wood Sealer” on his freshly cut turning billets. This can be bought locally at Woodcraft. He is looking for others to go in with him to buy larger quantities in order to get a better price.

Bill told us about his galloping lathe. He was setting up to turn a bowl. It was heavy for him and was loaded out of balance.  Started turning too fast and jumping across the room. Knocked him down, fortunately, he escaped with only minor abrasions and an injured ego.




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.




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