June Meeting.

Thirty-two members, along with one guest came out for our last meeting before the summer break. The club’s annual Shell Lake gathering is coming up on June 20 – 23. Click HERE for more information.


Gary Von Kuster showed us how to use Alumilite and hand made molds to cast wood and many other found objects into blanks for turning pens, grinders, boxes or anything you can think of. Gary contacts Alumilite in the U.S. by telephone to order his material. Click HERE for their website.


Eight members brought items for show and tell. This is always an interesting part of the evening where we see what members have been creating since the last meeting.

Richard Pratchler brought Big Leaf Maple and Weeping Birch bowls. Some of the Weeping Birch had beautiful bark inclusions that Richard was able to incorporate into the final design.

Bernie Nagel had a number of project made from wood he won at a previous meeting. He used multicentered turning to create two and three sided pieces and then used that technique to make a candle holder.
“Inside-out” turning was used for the tulip and the final piece was a small bowl.

Jim Beebe has been experimenting with Aniline Dyes for coloring wood. A piece of Elm was used for this orange color.

Dean Weldon and lots of fun with this piece of Elm as it tried to become a UFO and resisted coloring attempts. The design was effective by incorporating the wing off center to the main bowl.

Mel Genge made a grinder out of Mahogany and Maple for a family reunion. The bowl is from Mountain Ash.

Stan Olson felt fortunate to take a class from Steven Kennard with only two students registered. He produced a beautiful lidded box out of Walnut and used embellishment techniques he learned in the class to give it an interesting texture and color.

Al Bakke brought a beautiful Maple burl bowl finished with Bees wax and Mineral oil. Al also explained his technique for drying his thousands of cored bowls that he has made over the years.

Earl Eidem brought a Poplar bowl made from a tree cut down on his son’s land. His second piece was a Big Leaf Maple bowl that generated lots of discussion around putting circular burn marks on the bottom of bowls. Does it add to the look or take away from the overall beauty?

Numerous pieces of wood, Lee Valley gift cards and beeswax/mineral oil finish all contributed to the door prize draw handled by our trusty treasurer Duncan Birch.

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