Oct 2014 Demo
“Open Shop and Christmas Ornaments w/long finials”
by Glynn Cox
WNT SUPER THURSDAY, October 30TH
Are you ready for another exciting Open Shop with Hot Dogs, Swap and Shop, and Tips and Tricks Super Thursday on October 30th?
Starting at 3 PM until 6 PM our Open Shop will be your opportunity to visit with our Mentors and learn hands on about the things in which you are interested. There will be a number of lathes stationed about our meeting room with someone who can help you with just about anything you want to learn. There will be a couple of sharpening stations with Mentors to help with your tool grinding issues. Several lathes stations will feature everything from bowl techniques, skew techniques, spindle issues, hollow form techniques, segmented turning issues, and much, much more.
Hot Dogs and drinks will be available for purchase to ward off that nagging hunger you might get during the long special day.
Got surplus tools, and any item of value that you don’t need any more? Put a price on them and offer them for sale during the Open Shop or the meeting to follow.
If you have Tips or Tricks you think others might like to use, call John Horn at 817-485-7397 so he can arrange to put you on the program for the club meeting following the Open Shop. We would like to hear from you about the things you have found useful around the shop. We all have some idea or item we can show to others that would make their woodturning experience better. Your presentation should not be more than about 5 minutes or so because we expect a number of our members to show a wide variety of items or ideas that others may not have experienced. Even if your idea is not your own, but you found it useful, share it with the rest of us. Help us celebrate the experiences you have had in your woodturning adventure.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS WITH LONG THIN "ICICLES"
I have been turning for about 10 years and have gravitated to thin wall hollow forms and finials. I usually pierce the thin wall vessels. I also like to turn burls and generally cruddy wood as the finished item can be quite beautiful.
In my program of "Christmas Ornaments With Long Thin "Icicles" I hope to demonstrate turning a thin wall globe and then a long finial. I say "hope" because there a very definite chance that I will make a goblet of the globe or a tooth pick of the finial.
Turning these can be a challenge, but when beautiful wood, good turning and great finishing come together it is truly a piece of art to be proud of.
These ornaments also make excellent Christmas presents that keep giving through the years.
Glynn Cox lives in Keller, Texas, is the president of Woodturners of North Texas, a member of Golden Triangle Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners.
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.
Next Meeting - Oct 30th, 2014
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).
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
- Now that I am back from my epic cruise through the Panama Canal after encounters with hurricane Odile and tropical storm Polo I am anxious to get back to turning. With the weather getting cooler I hope you are also getting the itch to spin up the lathe and make some chips. The next Bob's Challenge will encourage you to do just that. I have been impressed with the response to the various challenges but I am going to let Bob announce the one for November.
- You should have seen the email regarding the Great Open Shop coming up this Thursday at 3pm. There will be hollowing tool making, sharpening and turning help, hotdogs and more. Bring your extra woodworking items to sell or swap. Come and participate.
- Our Empty Bowls program is seriously lagging. There are only two more meetings, after this one, to get your bowls in to Sandy. The Empty Bowls luncheon is in February this year so we need to redouble our efforts to support them. Remember, this is our largest community service activity.
- I sure hope you have Saturday, December 13th on your calendar for our Christmas Banquet. This is one of the highlights of the year with door prizes, raffles, loads of food and our great turning auction. As I have said before, this auction is what finances our club and I encourage you to donate a turning, and then actively bid on a fellow turners piece. It is nice to add other's turnings to your collection.
- Our club is one of the larger chapters of the American Association of Woodturners. We are, however, not one of the larger by membership. Only 44% of us are members and we really need to change that. Some chapters require AAW membership for all members, we do not, but highly encourage it. In addition to the American Woodturning magazine, the AAW offers several opportunities such as: online publications, grants, exhibitions, forums, directories, drawings, outreach programs and merchandise discounts. I will have some magazines and application forms at the meeting. If you have never been an AAW member, and would like to join, see me at the meeting. Register online here https://aaw.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp? .
- See you at 3:00 pm Thursday for Open Shop and be safe. We do not need any new “safety coordinators”.