Next Meeting -March 30st, 2017
You (next - April 20th)
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).
Wikipedia describes the technique of "metal spinning, also known as spin forming or spinning or metal turning most commonly, is a metalworking process by which a disc or tube of metal is rotated at high speed and formed into an axially symmetric part. Artisans use the process to produce architectural detail, specialty lighting, decorative household goods and urns. Commercial applications include rocket nose cones, cookware, gas cylinders, brass instrument bells, and public waste receptacles."
My own experience in metal spinning is mostly self-taught after research, conversations with professional spinners and trial and error. Quite a bit of error. My first spinning was accomplished on a modified Rockwell wood lathe. Eventually, I found and purchased an actual small bench-top spinning lathe (Spin Shop) on Ebay which can turn up to a 12-inch disc.
Most of my spinning has been with copper, specifically 18-gauge (.040) C110 ETP (Electrolytic Tough Pitch) Copper. However, I have done some spinning with fine silver, sterling silver, brass, aluminum and pewter. Because most of my work is intended to be enameled, copper and fine silver are the best suited metals.
A simple open-formed bowl can be achieved with a single chuck. I turn these out of hard maple on the same lathe that I use for spinning. Of course, wood turning tools are different than spinning tools. For more complex shapes that curve back in, I was forced to spin the vessels in two parts and silver solder them together, resulting in a seam around the waist. This was usually successful but on occasion the solder seam would cause some of the enamel to flake off. Thanks to Neil Brand I am now able to spin at least one complex shape around a compound chuck which will then come apart after the vessel is complete.
My enameled vessels and other works have been exhibited internationally and they are represented in the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City , the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Denali National Park Visitor Center in Alaska, the Houston International Airport, the Wichita Center for the Arts, the National Gallery of Australia, the Cloisonné Enamelware Fureai Museum in Ama City, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
- Welcome new members: Bob Palmer and Joe Rypl.
- AAW half price membership. If you have never been a member of the American Association of Woodturners. now is your chance to join for ½ price. You can sign up here http://tiny.cc/AAWNewGen . Brochures will be available with James Haynes.
- If you did not sign up for an April class with internationally famous turner Alan Lacer you still have a chance to learn some great techniques with his all day demonstrations on Saturday April 29th at the Lions Club. This runs from 9:00am to about 4:00 with a lunch break. Can’t stay, come for what you can. Free to club members and only $10 for non-members.
- Again this month there will be a mentor, Sandy Jarrell, available at 5:00pm before our meeting to answer any of your turning or sharpening questions. We will have a lathe and grinding station available so bring your turning or tools to get personalized help.
- "Bob's Easter Egg challenge" for March was quite colorful with a nest full of eggs. The April challenge it to turn a necklace of some description. This month is our quarterly challenge drawing so get your tickets from Tom Beatty. Remember you get one quarterly drawing ticket for each challenge you participate in.
- SWAT registration drawings. South West Association of Turners provides one free registration to each club for a member that has never attended the August 25- 27 symposium in Waco. We double that and provide two additional registrations plus two more for members that have attended in the past. In addition we provide banquet tickets for all five recipients. We will be drawing for these Thursday and you must be present to win and assure that you will attend.
- I was more than a little perturbed on receiving an email regarding my critique of a turning. It went like this…”Last night you went too far! First of all, I did NOT submit my bowl for critique! Second, why do you think you are qualified to criticize another person's piece of art? And I will have you know I have registered my xx signature with "Antiques Road Show"! Then I got to the second paragraph…”Glynn, just kidding. John told me he was responsible for the switch…Your critique was more positive than the bowl deserved…” I do appreciate feedback but not so much heart attacks. More critiques to come.
- See you at 6:30pm (or 5:00pm for mentoring) Thursday and be safe. We don't need a new "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.