Next Meeting -July 30th, 2015
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).
August 2015 Demo
Something Fishy . . .
I’m sharing this project that I learned from Michael Hosaluk in a class he taught in my shop in Richardson. The skills practiced in this project include spindle turning, hollowing, surface decoration, and your imagination.
Background: Jimmie Arledge got hooked on woodturning in the early 1990s becoming a member of Woodturners of North Texas where his mentor and best teacher was Larry Roberts. They became good friends, and Jimmie had the pleasure of being Larry’s demo helper at some Texas club meetings.
He served on the Woodturners of North Texas Board and as Vice President before becoming a charter member of Dallas Area Woodturners and holding office there. While enjoying membership in both clubs, he began attending classes at John Campbell’s school in NC, David Ellsworth’s school in PA, the Center for Furniture Craftsmen in ME, and Arrowmont in TN, where he also had the privilege of being Clay Foster’s teaching assistant on several occasions.
He continues to enjoy and learn from classes with national turners who come to the area, as well as by attending and participating in the annual national symposium of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) where he has been a member since 1992. He also attends annually SWAT (Southwest Association of Turners), formally Texas Turn or Two.
Best Recommendation: Jimmie believes in the merits and advantages of membership & participation in both AAW and SWAT. He appreciates the people he meets, the demos he attends, and the many woodturnings he sees displayed in the instant galleries.
Thanking you for your interest in this demo,
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
- Welcome to our new members: Steve Allen, Terry Bond, Christie Hubbard, Larry Monschke, Greg Stehle, and Vespa Stuckey.
- You will be receiving this newsletter later than usual because of SWAT and my failure to do my part and reminding the board members to get their info to Josh. We always try to get the information to you the weekend before the meeting but we missed this time.
- SWAT was a great success with 890+ attendees including about 45 from WNT. We had 13 raffle winners including gallery turnings, hollowing systems and turning wood. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped unload, load and man the A-V system in our hosted room. There were over 200 Beads Of Courage vessels displayed of which 37 were WNTs.
- The next two months will be very interesting with a lot of opportunities to participate in club activities. In September the RISE program will be in Grand Prairie (Lake Grapevine park is still unavailable) our participation is to be determined. Our Open Shop/Swap meet will be on the 24th. In October there is a possible Rockler demo day on the 3rd. Craig Timmerman will be holding an all day demonstration on Saturday the 17th. The ever popular Janice Levi will be returning as our demonstrator on the 29th and will also be conducting classes on the 30th and 31st. Refer to John Horn's information and my broadcast emails for the latest information.
- Club officer nominations are approaching in September so be thinking about any potential nominees. At this point all existing board members have agreed to stay next year but that does not preclude any new nominations.
- Our Empty Bowls program needs a boost. We are not turning nearly as many as are needed and our goal is to provide the highest quality turnings as they represent our club.
- With the end of summer approaching, please try to keep up with the three ongoing club activities (Empty Bowls, Beads Of Courage and Bob's Challenge) as they are not only some of our community outreach, but provide excellent training and practice.
- See you at 6:30pm Thursday and be safe. We don't need a "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.