Covid19 Response

To: All Hub City Woodturners Club Members
This message is to advise you that we are cancelling all of our future activities until further notice, except the Gallery on the Greens show. Here are some reminders about the Gallery show:
Information required before March 28

1.Entrants name, title of entry, material used, year made and sale price or NFS.
2.Biography of entrant: roughly 2 paragraphs or 250 words.
3.Entry photos must be submitted to Market Mall by April 1 for design and printing of posters and other advertising.

We will advise you later in April about the day and time for setting up the display. Send all information required to Jim Beebe at
If the mall is still open, the show will go on. If not, it will be rescheduled.
Trent would like entries dropped off at his house (1136 Temperance) so he can take photos without a large gathering of people being involved. Please contact Trent at 306 291-4908 or to make arrangements for drop off and pick up of entries.

We will keep everyone informed about any further developments and resumption of our programming.

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March 2020 Meeting.

Just over 30 members showed up for an evening packed with tips, techniques, Show and Tell and our draw for door prizes.

President Don Buck started the evening with a few announcements and then moved into “Bring a Jig Demo”. Making a jig is a big part of all woodworking adventures. The ingenuity and clever solutions that people create to solve wood turning problems is truly amazing. At our February meeting members were encouraged to bring a jig they have constructed, copied, or purchased that has helped them solve a turning problem. There were too many ideas for me to explain so hopefully the gallery of pictures will give you some insight into the creative genius of our members.

After a break for coffee and conversation we moved into:

Show and Tell.

Jay was unable to attend the meeting but was able to send in two photos of the lidded box that he has made. Thanks Jay for keeping us up to date in your turning.

A number of people had completed their ‘President’s Challenge’ bottle stopper. You will see various ones show up in the following pictures.

Richard Pratchler used a piece of burl and dyed it to create his stopper.

Gus Jacek brought “The Old and the New.” This bowl is one he turned 70 years ago when he was a young fellow of 17. The varnish finish has withstood years of use as people throw keys in and take them out..

Gus also brought a small bowl that he turned just recently. It has a beautiful feature in the grain that looks like a lightning bolt. (I’m sorry but I missed getting a photo of that.)

Trent Watts finished carving and decorating the bowl and vase that he started when doing the demonstration for making handles and feet.

Duncan Birch made a stopper for the challenge and also a bottle to store it. He used Maple, Purple Heart and Beech. In typical Duncan style he told us he really wanted to use Holly (a very white wood) for the top but he really didn’t want to purchase Holly. Using Beech was his compromise.

Cal Carter turned a Box Elder bowl and left a ring on the bottom to allow carving three feet. He finished the bowl at the Lee Valley workshop weekend.

Cal’s vase is made from Birch and has Rattlesnake skin glued into a ring around the neck of the vase.

The last piece is a Maple vase with carving, texturing and painting.

Herman Michael brought a stopper made from Maple. He also made a small stand to display the stopper.

Leo Fritz made a platter using a highly figured piece of Big Leaf Maple and incorporated a bead around the rim. It is finished with Tung Oil.

Leo’s expertise in segmented work showed up in his bottle stopper where he used 9 pieces of wood to create the effect.

Peter Christensen used Sumac wood that has a slight green tinge for this pen that will be in the “Gallery on the Green” show.

Peter is part of a pen swap and received this beauty made with many segmented elements.

Mel made his stopper with a piece of African Black Wood that he got from Ron Davidson. He incorporated the dramatic effect where the cream colored sap wood meets the black heart wood.

Gary Von kuster made a stopper with Maple Burl topped with clear Acrylic and an ancient shark’s tooth for good measure. He also made the bottle to hold the stopper.

Gary’s Yellow Cedar burl was too thin to put on the lathe so he carved the shallow depression using carving tools.

That carving stimulated another project on a slightly larger scale made from a piece of Redwood. Gary’s sense of humour is evident on the bottom of the bowl.

Rabbits seem to breed like, well rabbits, in Rick Hounjet’s shop. We are not sure where the other half of this rabbit ended up. Maybe it grew enough to become “Jack Daniels” in Rick’s next submission.

Here is the official ‘Jack Daniels’ rabbit identified by Rick.

Colin Claxton made this Maple and Walnut rosary case for his wife. A unique feature is evident when the lid is removed and you can see the cross throughout the profile.

Dean Weldon made this Maple bowl and used a chainsaw file to create the rim grooves.

The second item from Dean is also Maple and is textured with a power carver.

Glen Friesen made a stopper in the shape of a top hat.

Glen started this hollow turned bowl many years ago and decide to finish it after it kicked around his shop for a long time. Glen thinks the wood is Birch. He finished it with shellac.

Dave Jesney made a stopper using some Manitoba Maple that had a great streak of red.

Paul Schroeder brought a pen with a Celtic Knot that he makes using laminating techniques.

Brad is a new member from Maymont and brought two bowls that he has turned as a brand new turner. The first is made from Maple and the second one is Elm. Both are finished with Tung Oil. You have an amazing start Brad. We look forward to more of your work.

The Elm bowl.

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A Road Trip to Melfort

A rumor persisted in turning circles that Melfort was the home of a new wood turning group. Advanced reconnaissance by Mel Genge (HCT member) ensured that this group existed and would welcome our invasion. Four members of Hub City Turners headed out on a road trip to investigate. We arrived at Al and Gerogia Jardine’s home and were immediately welcomed into the warm, well equipped wood shop. They had even made name tags for each of us. Nice touch Al. The advanced planning by Mel paid off as we were plied with cookies (always cookies), camaraderie, coffee and conversation.

Maybe it is because cookies are round? Maybe it is something in the Melfort air? The water? Who knows what has caused this group of intrepid wood turners to gather every week at Al Jardine’s shop and spin wood in circles, eat cookies, drink coffee and tell outrageous stories. We learned that every week 5-6 fellows load up their lathes, drive over to Al’s, set up in his shop and share turning ideas and make lots of shavings. The commitment to sharing, learning from each other and making things gives this group a solid foundation.

After a morning of sharing techniques and demonstrations by some HCT members our group was treated to lunch by the Melfort club. Another really nice touch. Discussions among wood turners inevitably brings up the pros and cons of what tools to acquire, what steel is best, what manufacturer to trust, tool shape and purpose. Universal agreement centered on the need to ‘spend hours behind the lathe’ if you want to become a better turner.

Paul Schroeder and Trent Watts doing demos.
Thanks to Al and Ken for sending in the photos.

Al Jardine is an accomplished wood carver and consistent with his generous spirit of giving and sharing he also made a gift for Trent as a thank you for doing demos.

Thank you so much Al for the beautiful, extremely sharp carving knife.

A most enjoyable day ended with a startling discovery of an invasion of ‘Snerks’ that have seemed to center on Melfort and curiously appear to be made up of pieces similar to various failed turning projects. I’m convinced that we will be hearing more about this ‘Snerk’ invasion….so stay tuned.  

A sneak peek at a Snerk from Melfort.

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