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).
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 March 2017
- Welcome new members: Jason Bates, Fred Brossart, Goeffrey Gage, Rick Hallabough, and Joe Wigner.
- 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.
- If you did not sign up for an April class with internationally famous turner Alan Lacer the classes are full but it is not totally too late. There are occasional last minute cancellations so you may sign up on a wait list in case there is an opening. Call John Horn at 817-944-3993 if you would like to be wait-listed.
- We are making a new Club Directory for 2017 and this is your last chance to get your mug in it. 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.
- Starting this month there will be a mentor available at 4:00pm 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 inside out Challenge" for February was a bona fide super CHALLENGE, but you really came through with several fantastic and also several “unique” turnings.
- Let’s see how you do on turning three decorated eggs for the March challenge. Remember you get one quarterly drawing ticket for each challenge you participate in.
- I was a bit surprised at the critique vote last meeting where the majority wanted a “hard” critique rather than a “show and tell”. On reflection though, it is encouraging that so many are more interested in improving their skills rather than just showing what they did. I will be having board members pick about three turnings that I, or my designee, will critique. I would like to do more than three pieces but there just isn’t enough time. Please remember that what I say is not personal and take it as a suggestion for improvement. We will try this for a few months and see how it works.
- See you at 6:30pm (or 4:00pm 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.