Brilliant, inspired, seasonal, talented.
How would you summarize the December meeting where 40 or so turners gathered to share friendship and knowledge? The Program Committee headed by Jim Beebe pulled out all the stops to create an evening filled with camaraderie, a fun interview of ‘Get to Know a Turner’, a welcoming opportunity for people to share their talents and even a table full of home made treats.
President Don Buck began the evening by introducing Gary vonKuster and Mel Genge to continue our series on “Get to Know a Turner”. Gary interviewed Mel to get details about his life in and out of woodturning. We all enjoyed hearing of Mel’s early life as a Newfoundlander and his family heritage of woodworking where a grandfather was an accomplished ship builder. After many years working as a Safeway manger Mel retired and took up woodworking. He showed us part of his journey by bringing along a selection of his turnings over the years.
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Show and Tell
A challenge to make a Christmas ornament had been given a few months ago. Many members responded with a wonderful array of interpretations of this challenge. The following photos will give you a sense of the work done by our members.
Two members were unable to attend the meeting but sent in some images of their work for us to see.
The following images were by members present at the meeting.
Trent Watts brought two hollow turned Birch globes sitting on a turned base with an LED light inside.
Trent’s second item was an Ash and Box Wood ornament finished with liming wax.
It was wonderful to see Glen Friesen back after an extended illness. The students at Waldheim School are among the luckiest of Industrial Arts students in the whole province to have him as their teacher. His enthusiasm for student led projects constantly moves him to explore new and exciting ways to let kids make what they want. Skate boards, guitars, turnings, cabinets, boxes, welding… You name it and Glen will find a way to make it happen for his students.
Glen brought an inside out turning that he is working on so he can teach it to his students.
Glen’s second showing was two birch bowls
Duncan Birch showed a delightful little ornament with intricate detail.
Don Buck made a small bell and finished it with a clear finish.
Cal Carter’s grandson was fascinated by a Nut Cracker on their tree. As one would expect that is all it takes for a grandfather to make an immediate trip to his shop to fashion a suitable gift for his grandson. Cal still has some painting left to finish off the gift.
Colin Claxton has been working on “Hazel Nut” type lidded boxes. The fit on the lid gives an exquisite little pop when removed.
Mel brought a Banksia pod ornament and an inside out turning made from Brazilian Rosewood. He explained how a small moment of inattention while using his saw caused a large bandage to appear on his thumb.
Mel had left over pins from a family reunion and wanted to give them as a gift to the organizer. He inlaid the pins into an Elm bowl and had Gary vonKuster use his magic with resin to secure them in place.
Bernard Nagel turned a Christmas tree out of Baltic Birch plywood and used a dark stain as a finish.
Bernard also spent some time watching a video on how to make this ornament. He used aniline dyes to give it a festive look.
Leo Fritz brought a collection of hanging ornaments from his collection. Some he made for various HCT challenges and some he won.
Jeff Mansfield was intrigued by a kit for making rings. These two are made with a stainless center and acrylic ring.
Rick Honjet found a piece of spalted Birch to make this interesting Sculpture. The Santa looks like he may have had a few Baileys Irish Cream with his coffee after coming down the chimney and getting tangled in the Christmas lights.
Dave Dunkley made an exquisite lidded box out of burl.
Dave then showed us a number of hanging ornaments he has made from various woods. Dave really likes making the finials out of African Blackwood.
Herman Michaels obtained these pieces of Caragana from farmers around Saskatchewan. He spent time picking out the perfect small branches for arms. The red colour appeared on the one Santa after he had finished turning.
Elio Menis made the trip to Saskatoon from Lloydminster for the HCT meeting and the gathering at Mike Hosaluk’s the next day. He brought along some recently made pepper mills and an ornament for the challenge.
In typical Elio fashion he made a special tool in his metal shop to ream out the shoulder for the grinder insert to seat properly. The reamer works so well because of the steel cylinder to guide the cutter at 90° to the drill hole.
Elio glued up Baltic Birch with Walnut accents to turn a hanging ornament.
Al Bakke made this bowl out of Big Leaf Maple that has lots of beautiful patterns on the wood grain.
Al has been pumping out these amazing pipes with acrylic stems all of which are functional for smoking. Al says he is a pipe smoker but is down to once a year for frequency. When he was a young fellow Al remembers pipes being hung on Christmas trees so he brought one with a ribbon for hanging.
Paul Schroeder made a couple of Banksia pod ornaments for showing and one for entering in the ornament exchange.
Earl Garnett has made many of these small bird house ornaments. They are delightful little items that would grace any tree they were hanging from.
Gary VonKuster made a unique tree from an unknown wood. He used an offset turning technique to create grooves in the tree and coloured them.
Jim Beebe found a glass ornament and turned a unique wooden top to hold it for hanging.
My apologies for not finding out who made this snowman. If anyone knows who made this please let me know and I will correct this error.
Our active program committee had arranged a swap for anyone interested in exchanging gifts. The items were numbered and each individual received one of the other turners offerings.
Thanks for introducing this addition to our December meeting.
Happy Holidays to everyone from
Hub City Turners.