Next Meeting -March 31st, 2017
(next - April 27th)
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).
Craig Timmerman is a full-time artist and production woodturner living in Austin, TX. He is a nationally-known woodturner and gives demonstrations and woodturning instruction. His program on “Multi Axis Turning” will give you an opportunity to explore the idea of making your turnings with an artistic flair.
He picked up woodturning in 1998 when he took a weekend class at a local store. After that weekend the wood working equipment in his shop ceased to be used for anything except woodturning. He has now expanded into using bent lamination (the process of gluing of thin strips of wood and bending them under pressure over a form) to augment his turnings and to produce new and exciting pieces.
Craig's specialties include hollow forms, spheres, and non-round (e.g. square) turnings. Many of his pieces combine multiple turnings and bent laminations. He works primarily with reclaimed timber--trees that have come down in storms, trees being taken down for construction, and the occasional piece of firewood. Reclaimed timber is often filled with flaws of different kinds, such as cracks, bug holes, or voids. Rather than try to remove the flaws, he accentuates them by making them the focal point of the piece, filling them with crushed stone, or carving them into other shapes.
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
President's report for February 2017
- Welcome new members: Mike Barton, Harry Diaz, David Gates, Jamie Griffeth, Greg Jones, Jim Larocca, Joshua Lemmon, Bill Lindley, Mike Oliver and Preston Vickery. I think that is a record for new members in one month.
- Dues are due for 2017 so see James Haynes and settle up. If you are an AAW member, and I encourage everyone to join, 2017 dues are also due.
- Starting at 3:00pm Thursday we will be having our quarterly “Open Shop and Swap” before this month’s meeting. For more information see Ray’s article in this news letter.
- Our vote to amend our by-laws passed unanimously. Our 501c3 non-profit application is progressing.
- If you did not sign up for an April class with internationally famous turner Alan Lacer it is not too late. There are a few openings still available so get your name on the list at the meeting. James Haynes says payment for class fees are also due this month. To give the most members an opportunity to participate you may register for only one class. If your class is full, you may sign up on a wait list in case someone cancels. See John’s article in this newsletter.
- We are making a new Club Directory for 2017. If we do not have your picture, PLEASE have it made by David Carter at the meeting (south end of room). This is a great help in putting a face with a name so get yours made. You don’t want to have a blob for your image.
- "Bob's Challenge" for January put us way over our 2015 contributions to the Empty Bowls program. GREAT JOB turners! Bob’s Challenge for this month is an inside out turning. I am working on mine, and it is a real challenge thinking inside the turning from the outside, or is it the other way around. Remember you get one quarterly drawing ticket for each challenge you participate in.
- Last Friday six turners demonstrated turning tops and bowls at the Empty Bowls luncheon. This is a real perk and is offered to the members that turned the most items for our 2016 Empty Bowls program. They also did quite well in sampling all of the food offered by top local restaurants.
- See you at 3:00pm Thursday for Open Shop 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.