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 - Sept 25th, 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).
Sept 2014 Demo
by Jim Tanksley
Jim Tanksley- Mansfield Texas
I have been a member of the Wood Turners of North Texas since 2005. I was impressed from the first meeting on the willingness of members to share technics and tips with other members. I started on a Jet Mini Lathe and quickly moved up to Nova 3000 with 16” capacity over the lathe bed. It had a 2hp, Reversible, Variable Speed motor and a swivel head. Not long after I bought it from another member I hit the reverse switch while it was going forward and twisted off the shaft. That was $600 lesson. I ended up selling the Nova to another club member and bought a Powermatic 3520B with an 18” extension. I love the Powermatic and can turn up to 20” over the Lathe Bed and 38” off the end with a face plate.
I mainly turn medium to large Mesquite vessels and bowls with natural edge but have turned many different woods, sizes and shapes. I even turn an occasional pen for friend or as a conversation piece to market my other turnings.
Several years back the club had a demo on Snow Men. I thought they looked fun and starting making them in October for the Christmas season. While making the Snow Men out of Mesquite I got the idea of using Mesquite to make Christmas Trees. The first ones I turned were just cone shaped turned from a log between centers. I liked the way the yellow sap ring in the wood looked like snow on the branches. After some experimenting I came up with a design which has consistent sap rings on one side of the Christmas Tree. Come out on Thursday September 25th and learn how it’s done.
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
It is Thursday evening in beautiful downtown Waco, Texas.
Fifty years ago today I married a very special lady. It is mine and Pat's 50th wedding anniversary and we have caught a lot of good natured flack about being at SWAT on our special day. It takes a special lady to do that.
As I write this it is hotter than blue blazes, whatever that means, but the convention center is cool. Your SWAT technical team gathered here this morning, unloaded all of our A/V equipment and setup the large room we sponsor. Things were really bustling today with vendors unloading their wares and setting up their displays. SWAT attendees were registering in droves and some really outstanding pieces were being placed in the Instant Gallery.
Getting to SWAT on Thursday has its benefits as I was able to corner a beautiful piece of maple burl to make Christmas ornaments. It would have been gone by Friday. Most of the vendors have setup by Thursday evening, ready for the Friday morning rush.
Bob Clark has done an outstanding job in providing lead in slide shows for each demonstration in our room. His shows run between each rotation providing general information on the next demonstrator and photos of his turnings. This is a first for SWAT.
We keep bringing up the importance of attending SWAT, but not just for the demonstrations, or the vendors, or the gallery, or the raffles, but for the commeraderie with your fellow club members. It is a great time and I highly encourage you to attend next year.
We have a new safety coordinator, Jim Tanksley. May his finger someday return to normal.
Don't forget to bring your "Bob's Challenge" bud vase and a chance to win prizes in a couple of months.
Be safe and I will see you Thursday.