Notes from the meeting:
1. 33 people attended the April 10th meeting of Hub City Turners. President Paul Schroeder, discussed the AAW new members drive, where the AAW is offering a one year introductory membership for $30. There was good discussion; with existing members speaking to the value of the membership. Almost all 25 promotional pamphlets, were picked by potential new members.
2. Glen Friesen gave an update on the Matishio Cancer Research Fund Raiser weekend held at Waldheim. $5650 was raised for cancer research, and $330 was raised for Menno Industries. A big thank you to Glen for the work he puts into this event every year.
3. Cal Carter lead a demonstration, on techniques he uses for ebonizing wood. Cal uses a household vinegar (5%) solution with steel wool to obtain his ebonizing solution. As the effect of the ebonizing, is driven largely by tannins in the wood, Cal at times uses a strong black tea solution, to add tannins to the wood prior to applying the ebonizing solution. The effect on the samples of oak and cherry that Cal demoed on was very dramatic. One of the interesting results of this method, is that more grain detail is retained, than with using a black leather dye, to “ebonize” the wood.
Thanks Cal, we now have another technique to try.
Click HERE for pictures of the meeting. Thanks Paul for providing the write-up and pictures.