Thanks to Duncan Birch for this account of the Matisho “Turn for Cancer” Weekend.
Friday March 16th saw members of Hub City Turners loading lathes, tools, wood, and everything but the kitchen sink, and heading out to Waldheim to set up for the 13th annual ‘Matisho Memorial Fund Raising for Cancer Research Event’. Larry Matisho was an enthusiastic wood turner who had a large shop and every November he would invite turners to join him for a weekend of turning. Sadly Larry lost the battle with cancer, so in his memory the original group decided to keep up the tradition, but turn it into a fund raiser for cancer research in Larry’s Name. The first of many took place in the Waldheim school and for the last several years Menno Industries has graciously offered their facilities as a host site. The event kicked into high gear Saturday morning with (if my count is correct) 24 lathes most of which were in use. Saturday also saw too many to count spectators, showing their interest and offering encouragement, as well as offering up their donations to help the cause. After coffee Trent did a demo on designing. Every piece of wood has characteristics that will dictate its best use. This is where we often need help to determine what the best design would be to utilize it’s full potential. Everyone enjoyed the very informative presentation. After lunch Elio demonstrated threading a lidded box with a device of his own making. What a creative person. Later there was a demo on marbling. Sunday morning saw Mel’s demo on making a pepper mill. He showed some of the special equipment and techniques he has acquired to make the process more precise. Many of the original “Larry” group have attended every year and many “newbies” now make it an annual event. The silent auction is part of the fund raising for the last few years and local tool companies have really outdone themselves by putting up some serious equipment. This year saw a complete turning package donated, lathe, tools and face shield. There was also a dust collector which would be the envy of any shop.
All in all it was one of our most successful fund raisers to date. Many new people took part, and as usual, we had a group of carvers who also have been a support for many years. People from the Prince Albert club always add to our ranks and we do certainly appreciate their support. Elio brings all of his equipment and expertise all the way from Lloydminster. Chris was there from Esterhazy. So people come from near and far, and it is all for a good cause. To know that our contribution helps research one of the major life disruptions that has touched people that we all know and care about, can’t help giving us all a warm fuzzy feeling.
‘Tl next Year……………………