Meeting Feb. 10, 2020

Just over 30 members came for our monthly meeting to renew friendships, meet new turners and talk about turning related issues.

President Don Buck opened the meeting with a few business items including:
– Matisho update by Glen Friesen.
– Motion to purchase a video camera for recording our demos was passed.
– Hands on workshop for “Feet and Handles” at Lee Valley Feb. 29 by Paul Schroeder.
– Reminder to send in your bio if you are in the “Gallery on the Green” show.
– President’s challenge to turn a bottle stopper where the club provides a stopper for anyone interested.

Glen outlined changes in the Matisho cancer fund raiser where the event will be held at Lee Valley on Sunday May 3 with an auction of donated turnings and possibly some demos.


Gordon Munn gave us an in-depth demo on the various mandrels and techniques he uses to make bottle stoppers. A video of his demo will be posted at a later date. Here are a few pictures to show aspects of the demo.

Examples of Gord’s stoppers. He uses only stainless steel stoppers to avoid corrosion. Here is a list of the suppliers Gord uses. Clicking on the name will open a new window.
William Wood-Rite
Wood Chuckers
Stainless Bottle Stoppers
Niles Bottle Stoppers

A unique “Toque stopper” where the stainless steel stopper is inserted up inside the wooden cap.

All of these stoppers come with a threaded end to hold them in the wooden top. Gord has made and purchased a number of mandrels to aid in making the threads in the wooden piece.

Gord sometimes needs to wrap a piece of rubber around the top to get grip when removing the insert.

Gord uses a short drill to reduce the wobble when drilling the pilot hole for making the threads.

Show and Tell

Items brought for show and tell continue to show the diversity of ideas, techniques and inspirations that people express in their time at the lathe.

Bill Vanderloss brought a Yellow Cedar Burl bowl he made from a blank obtained from John and a Big Leaf Maple Vase.

Dean Weldon had a marvellously colored bowl made from Box Elder. He convinced a friend that it took him many years to color the bowl with such an elegant red design.

Dean used a chain saw file to decorate the rim and milk paint to color this bowl with a round bottom to allow for interesting movement when the bowl is placed on the table.

Dean’s last bowl is Maple with a decorated rim using a file.

Al Bakke brought a Walnut bowl and a coffee cup holder he made for an insert he won at Mike Hosaluk’s Christmas event.

Mel Genge showed a bowl with an attitude that insisted on leaving the lathe and flying across the shop. He eventually tamed the beast and made a beautiful green rim using Aniline dye. Mel used a buffing wheel prior to applying the dye and got good results with regard to stopping the dye from creeping into end grain.

Bernard Nagel used some Walnut and Maple scraps from a furniture project to make these vases. He uses various combinations of Aniline dye to color the flowers.

Vic Schapansky brought four bowls from trees he cut down for the neighbours. He finished them with Tung oil and alcohol.

Rick Hounjet has developed a unique style and ability to use many layers of Keda Dyes to bring out the beauty of his turned pieces.

Richard Pratchler brought a lidded box made from Walnut and Maple. He used a burner to decorate the Walnut.

This piece of wood from the lidded box was discarded and then recovered when Richard thought it was too interesting to throw away. He made it into a card holder.

Duncan Birch made a bowl from a piece of figured Maple he found in his shop. It is finished with Wipe-on Poly.

Ken Kuzik used a Kelton Hollower to make this cute little vase.

The draw for Lee Valley gift cards and other goodies is always a popular end to the meeting.

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