June 2017 Meeting

We had a gorgeous June evening for our windup meeting before the summer.  Thirty-three members came for the meeting along with a guest, Marla Christensen.  Marla makes very beautiful blanks for turning pens. Here is an example of some pens that Peter (her husband) has turned.

Paul Schroeder and Gordon Munn led a discussion about how to decide where to cut chunks of trees, logs, burls and crotches to get the best use of the wood.  They had gone to a lot of effort to collect raw material that would be helpful in showing a number of typical examples of tricky cuts.

Since it was such a nice evening and Gord had brought lots of wood in his truck the whole group moved outside where Gord did an excellent job of showing how he takes a burl and thinks through his chainsaw cuts to create the blanks that he will then cut on the band saw and ultimately turn on his lathe.

We moved back inside where Paul showed his technique for splitting logs and deciding where the best looking grain might be.  It is always best to split the log down the center if you are creating bowl blanks.  The grain is then more visible and makes it easier to decide where to cut.

Gord brought one piece of log that showed where a piece of wire had been incorporated into the tree as it was growing leaving a lovely opportunity to practice your chain saw sharpening skills.


Mel started show and tell with a copy of the AAW magazine where it discussed various ways to deal with turning through the bottom of a bowl.  Mel had three examples of bowls he has fixed after turning through the bottom.

Mary brought a maple bowl that she had started at Deb’s weekend and then finished at home.  She did an amazing job of keeping the delicate bark inclusion as a feature of the bowl.

Gord brought a lovely bowl incorporating the surrounding crotchwood from a Russian Olive branch.

Earl brought along pamphlets and information about entering the Exhibition wood show. You can see more information HERE.

Deb has been adding to her unique repertoire of shapes by cutting up other bowls and applying selected “folded edges” to an existing turning. She uses a complex mixture of dowels, glue and polymer clay to attach the ‘wing’ and make it look as if it came from the original vessel.

Her third vessel shows the use of polymer clay to create vines and grape adornments. Deb will bring polymer clay to Shell Lake and show how the clay is used and cured by heating in an oven.

Mike brought along a goblet with two captured rings that he turned in a Lee Valley class given by Trent a few months ago.

All of the pictures from tonight’s meeting can be seen by clicking HERE.

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