You missed it???? Too bad. About 15 members of HCT piled into the Lee Valley seminar room this morning. They lugged along with them grinders, jigs, CBN and traditional sharpening wheels, lights, dull tools, misshapen tools, safety googles, and most importantly a huge desire to learn and share knowledge with each other. Everyone present expressed appreciation for the format and opportunity to learn from each other.
This seminar was initiated by Jim Beebe and the program committee as an opportunity for members to gather and learn from each other and practice sharpening using their own equipment. Angela from Lee Valley was very generous and enthusiastic to offer the seminar room at no cost. A big thank you to Jim and Lee Valley.
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GOOD NEWS. Glen is a longtime member of Hub City Turners and the Saskatchewan Woodworkers Guild. It is hard to imagine anyone who has done more for the IA program in High Schools or raising money for cancer research with the Matisho Memorial turning weekend than Glen. Many of us were very concerned last fall when Glen became ill. Recently Duncan reached out to Glen for an update on his health and here is Glen’s response. Welcome back and continue healing Glen.
Well, I guess there is some confusion out there about how I am doing. This would have been addressed in my first “Shavings” article of the year, but a mix-up prevented it from being printed in the Guild newsletter. I think that this possibly was taken as an indication that I was not doing well. I have also not attended any meetings of the Turning Club or the Guild in 2019, adding to the confusion. So, Duncan approached me on behalf of the Hub City Turners to write an update as to how I am doing to clear up the confusion.
First, a little bit of background. At the end of 2018 and the first eight months of 2019 were not what I expected. Last December I was diagnosed with a massive life-threatening infection. Treatment for this was massive doses of antibiotics. At the end of December, a nurse trained my wife, Sheila, to administer the I.V. through the pic line which had just been installed in my left bicep. This allowed me to go home which was great. For the next three and a half months I received three bags and two syringes filled with antibiotics daily. By mid April, I had progressed to oral antibiotics and the line in my arm was removed. Progress was assessed by a CT scan or MRI approximately every month to six weeks. After each scan, I met with my doctor to assess the results. The lesions on my brain shrank every month, so the treatment was working and all that I needed was to continue the antibiotics and more time. By the end of June, the CT scan showed that most of the lesions were gone and the couple that remained had stopped shrinking. My Doctor considered me healed and the treatment a success. I was told that I could stop taking the antibiotics. This was a good day.
I tried to regain my strength through June, July and August by working on my house addition. This has worked to a point, but this has been the most difficult part of the ordeal. Throughout the summer, I had good days and bad days. Early in August, discussions with my family doctor started about my return to work. My doctor recommended that I go back half time, but I knew how my classes were set up for the first semester and I thought that I would like to try going back full time. This is what I have done. I started the school year as I have done many years before. I have tried to take it a bit easier. I also have a prep period in period 5 every day, which shortens the day by an hour. Now, a month in, I have done quite well, I still am tired some days and try hard not to overdo it and I have good support from staff and administration. The lack of energy is the issue now. I guess one does not recover as quickly as I had hoped from taking massive doses of antibiotics and lying on my couch for seven months Right now, I try to preserve as much strength as I can for teaching. I have let everything else go for now except writing my “Shavings” column for the Guild. My September edition will be in the October newsletter. I have not taken a day off work this year yet.
At a recent check up with my family Doctor, he stated that he felt that I was doing really well. I was glad to hear this and will try my hardest to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.
Thirty-one members and one guest milled about, chatting and catching up after a summer with no club meetings. Duncan was busy taking membership money and registering members for another year of sharing our turning experiences.
Paul Schroeder has been our club president for many years and presided over his last meeting. Three members have agreed to share the duties of leading the club. A big thank you to Don Buck, Steve Penn and Rick Honjet for agreeing to lead Hub City Turners. It is hard to express in a few words how much our club appreciates the time and effort that Paul has dedicated to HCT over the years.
Have you always wondered.. Hmmmm How could I turn a laminated candle stick??? Well, too bad you were not at our meeting. Paul Schroeder did a fabulous job of explaining how he prepares his wood, laminates it and turns between centers to create these beautiful sculptural yet fully functional candle sticks.
Thanks Paul for an informative and interesting Demo.
Jim Beebe and the Program Committee (Jim Beebe, Gary VonKuster, and Earl Eidem) have been working over the summer to give the club an amazing array of opportunities for learning and expanding our skills.
NOTE THESE DATES and COMMITMENTS. 1. OCTOBER 12: Sharpening Seminar: bring your tools for sharpening, bring grinders, etc., bring your own lunch. Session starts at 10:00 a.m. at Lee Valley.
2. NOVEMBER 1. Gallery on the Green: the theme is “Green”, commitment deadline is Nov.1, entrant biographies due by April 1, item name,media,size and price due by April 1, item photos to be taken in Feb/Mar., set up on May 1, take down on June 30.
3. DECEMBER meeting: Xmas themed items and surprise activity.
4. MOTION RE PERSONAL INFORMATION (PASSED) A motion to collect and distribute personal information was passed unanimously. The motion reads: A list of all paid up members including name, address, postal code, telephone number, mobile number, and email address be kept by the secretary treasurer and distributed by email at appropriate times and updated when necessary. Members agree that this information will not be shared outside the membership without first receiving permission to release such information outside the membership. Any member who does not wish his/her information shared with the membership may instruct the secretary treasurer to not release his/her information to the membership.
You can read the original PDF outlining details HERE.
SHOW AND TELL Below is a photo display of the work of 9 members and their turning experiences.
Cal had a Siberian Elm Natural edge bowl and Three spalted Birch bowls with decorative rims.
Jim Beebe brought two Big Leaf Maple bowls dyed with Aniline Dyes and finished with Wipe-on-poly. Another one of his open segmented turnings continues to amaze us. Even though he has showed us I constantly think “How does he do that????”
This open segmented turning is made with Wenge and Maple.
Jay is new to turning and is pushing boundaries for a new turner. He showed us a key chain with a corded center and turned acrylic end, a small funnel he turned from a dowel that has been in his family for year and is used to assist in loading medicinal cannibis. Jay’s final entry is a goblet he fashioned as a wedding gift for a friend.
Colin, another ‘new to tuning member’ showed us a beautiful ‘Rosary Box’ made from Maple and Walnut. He explained his learning process to ensure the cross inlaid in the wood lined up when the box lid was in place.
Leo brought two lidded containers made from a piece of Birch he won at a previous meeting. The boxes are finished with bees wax and mineral oil.
Bernie continues to explore making tulip forms using an ‘inside out’ turning process. The vases are made from Caragana with some really wild and beautiful grain patterns.
Sam made this pen from some really old wood. He has a certificate stating this Russian Bog Oak has been carbon dated to 5590 years old.
Deb has been perfecting the use of ArtResin to fill voids and create interesting turnings from otherwise unusable wood.
Trent continues to find old rough turned blanks and finish turning them. Weeping Birch and Green Ash were hollow turned using the ‘Elio Arm’.
Here is Paul with the set of Bird’s Eye Maple and Blood Wood candle sticks.