Meeting October 2018.

It was a delight to have 5 new members make up some of the thirty people who attended our October meeting.

Things you should know.

1. Duncan presented our financial statement. Members agreed that we should use some of the money to bring in instructors for weekend turning events. Members are encouraged to forward names of demonstrators they would like to see.

2. The club agreed to pay Duncan for the materials used to make the paddles for Breast Cancer.

3. Paul is stepping down as president. There was general interest in forming a group of people who would share the work load and make the job easier for the president.

4. You will not have to fight hard to become the next president.

Demo by Jim Beebe.

Jim did a fantastic job of showing us the method he uses to made a segmented turning. He chose an ornament to demonstrate the principles.  If you want to obtain a copy of Jim’s notes you can click HERE. Another useful link would be the source that Jim uses for obtaining the plastic angle jigs. For the Seg-Easy website click HERE.
Here is a pictorial essay demonstrating some of Jim’s acumen.


Show and Tell.
11 people brought items for Show and Tell. You can see the images by clicking HERE.

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Recent Work from Duncan Birch.

This account of a recent commission was provided by Duncan. I only took a picture of one of the urns. Just squint and you can see both of them as they are very similar.  Nice work Duncan.

It all started with a phone call from Mel saying he told a man to contact me as he was wanting someone to make him two cremation urns from Olive Wood. Not knowing what Olive Wood even looked like I agreed to at least consider it. On researching Olive Wood I am led to believe that these trees are not real tall and though the trunk or main stem gets quite large and quite crooked. They live and produce olives for up to two thousand years. It is only after their production has declined that they are harvested for lumber, and I use the word lumber loosely. They are not considered an endangered species and grow in several areas of the world. When the gentleman showed up he had a slab of anything but lumber. It was a slab about 12 inches wide and 7 feet long . (I don’t have a clue what that might be in metric.) It was also quite curved but it was sanded to 13/16 thick. There were a lot of voids in it but I figured I could get enough staves to make the urns. One portion of the board was good on both sides, but when cut it revealed a crack that was not visible from either surface. However I was able to complete the two urns with a little head scratching and possibly inventing some new words. Olive is a fairly dense heavy wood and quite hard but it cuts relatively easy and finishes to a very high quality surface. The grain is really beautiful as the accompanying pictures show. I am quite pleased with the finished product in spite of problems dealing with the voids and cracks.

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More about Oct. meeting.

Good Morning

Please be reminded that our club meeting will be on October 15th, as the 8th is Thanksgiving.  Persephone will not have staff, at the facility, on the 8th.

Agenda for October 15th

1. Jim Beebe will do a demo on segmented turning lay out.

2. We will be taking orders for club smocks, as well as Moffat lights. We are working with the Regina club, on those orders.

3. Discussion of potential club turning events.

4. Election of Club President. I am stepping down after four years in the position. I am willing to be somewhat active as “past president”, for the first six months or year, if that would be helpful to a new person.

5. Annual memberships are due; if you have not paid your $20 dues, please pay Duncan.

6. Draw items: Lee Valley has again been generous with two gift cards; please contribute your own items, if you choose.

Happy Thanksgiving, and see you on the 15th

Paul Schroeder
President – Hub City Turners

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