Next Meeting -April 28th, 2016
(next - May 26 28th)
MEETING LOCATION AND TIME
The chapter meets on the last Thursday evening of each month from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Handley-Meadowbrook Lions Club, 6013 Craig Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76112.
Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend our meetings. The Handley-Meadowbrook Lions Club is about 1.5 miles south of I-30 on I-820 S. exit Craig Street (Exit 30a).
April 2016 Demo
“Turning a Cowboy Hat”
Kevin Felderhoff was born and raised in Muenster, Texas and earned a BS of Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Construction Management from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. He has lived in Birmingham, Alabama; Brevard, North Carolina and currently lives in Taylors, South Carolina and turns for a hobby.
Kevin’s love for building things and working with wood began in his high school years. He was fortunate to have an awesome shop teacher who taught him great wood working techniques. While in Alabama, a colleague introduced him to woodturning and Kevin quickly became involved with the Alabama Woodturners and in fact was elected President in 2009. He began turning on a Rikon Mini Lathe in 2007 and currently is turning on a Powermatic 3520B. Living in the mountains of North Carolina, Kevin had the opportunity to participate in numerous exhibitions and demonstrations. Fallen wood was prevalent and provided opportunities to challenge and grow his analytical and artistic mind. It was satisfying to Kevin to rescue a gnarly piece of wood and transform it to an exquisite piece of unique art. Turning for Kevin is stimulating and mentally challenging to analyze the rescued wood and calculate the best angle to mount the wood on the lathe.
Being a native of Texas, it was natural for him to want to turn something “Texas” from wood so…. nothing better than a Wood Turned Cowboy Hat. While in Brevard, North Carolina Kevin was mentored by a local woodturner, Nick Neiley and watched Johannes Michelsen DVD on how to make a wood turned cowboy hat.
Kevin has studied under David Ellsworth, Binh Pho, Nick Cook, Frank Penta, and Johannes Michelsen (Johannes also provided the handout)
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
President's report for April 2016
- Welcome to our new members: Jason Best, Tom Black, Corey Burke, Bill Green, Ed Green Jr., Richard Kenyon, Derrick Taylor and Kelly Wootton.
- If you did not get to have a class with Stuart Batty you missed a great chance to learn tool control techniques from a world class instructor. Ninety nine of us attended Stuart’s all day Saturday demonstrations. If you were unable to attend then hopefully you will catch him at SWAT in August.
- Speaking of SWAT. I hope you all read my email announcing our drawing for three SWAT scholarships and banquet tickets at this Thursday’s meeting. One scholarship for a first timer and two for anyone who commits to go. Remember, you must be present to win. The SWAT symposium is in Waco, Texas on August 26th-28th.
- Another note on SWAT. If you would like to mail in your registration rather than paying on line go to www.swaturners.org and click on the Registration Link. A mail in link is available. Open it, print the form and mail it in with your check.
- I was again surprised, though I should not be, at the myriad of yarn bowl challenge turnings. You keep improving every month but Bob’s April challenge may be a tough one. He wants us to turn a kitchen utensil to toss/serve salad. I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month and what Bob will dream up for May’s challenge.
- Ray Moyer is coordinating our Beads of Courage program. See Ray for your label bead(s) and any other information on the program. The boxes are not difficult to turn and with almost 200 WNT members we would like to have a good showing of our boxes at SWAT.
- Our 2016 Empty Bowls season has started. Let’s see if we can beat our 2015 production.
- See you at 6:30pm Thursday and be safe. We don't need another "safety coordinator".
The mission of the Woodturners of North Texas is to advance the creative pursuit of woodturning through educational programs, practical demonstrations and community service projects. Personal achievement is encouraged through mentoring, design challenges and member participation.