May 2019 Meeting

A big thank you to Earl Eidem for providing pictures from the meeting and Paul for notes on Show and Tell. Twenty-nine members were present and many brought items for show and tell as well as items for the draw.


Bernard Nagel brought vases with a plywood base and flowers made from Aromatic Cedar and Baltic Birch.

Dean Weldon brought a Manitoba Maple Bowl, a Birch Bowl with woodburning, bowls decorated with a Sorby texturing tool and a Green Ash bowl finished with Black Dye and Liming Wax.

Jeff Mansfield brought a segmented vase that broke apart and was re-glued.

Gord Munn brought a Yew bowl, a Yellow Cedar bowl and a vase where the inside diameter equaled the outside diameter.

Mel Genge brought two Big Leaf Maple bowls that he turned at Deb’s turning weekend.

Jim Beebe wanted to do something different and this was the result.

Paul Schroeder brought a Cherry goblet with captured rings and a Green Ash bowl.

Deb McLeod brought a vase made at her turning weekend. She decorated it with fine point pens and then lacquered it.

Leo Fritz brought a platter made from dark Oak that had a large crack that was joined with a piece of Maple.

Don Buck brought a Mountain Ash bowl with wings.

Plus two pictures of Dean with a tool handle?

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Deb McLeod’s turning weekend.

Thanks to Duncan Birch for this account of our weekend.

May 2 saw the annual pilgrimage to Deb’s turning event at her home in the Ruthilda area, west of Biggar. For those not familiar with this event it is hosted by Deb each spring for the last several years. Some of us go for the …..I guess I might as well be honest, we go for the food. We also share our talents (some have more than others) and do some turning. We are always joined by some carvers and some ardent turners even try their hand at carving. Joanne first appeared a few years ago at the Shell Lake event and has been an asset to our club ever since. She spent her time carving a most intricate piece we may ever see. She arrived Jeep and all Thursday afternoon without Charlie. Charlie has also been a regular for a few years now, so he was missed by all. Charlie lives with Joanne west of Edmonton. Elio was there from Lloydminster and spent some of his time mastering the art of turning pepper mills. An interesting aside here, you can buy ground pepper. From Melfort we had Al and his wife. Al is a carver/turner who aides turners who are bent on carving the face of Ruth Hilda. Getting her eyes open was the big challenge. It also opened some others eyes as well. Mary arrived, camper in tow and was the last one to quit on Sunday. Mary’s determination is second to none. Giving up is not in her vocabulary. The rest of us Trent, Mel, Paul, Earl E, Deb and Duncan turned and learned from watching and listening to others. We also listened to stuff that had nothing to do with the art of turning/carving. The worlds problems were not solved, but at least solutions were offered. Deb is an excellent host and feeds us so well we aren’t sure we want to come home. The weather was not what it might have been but it was warm in the shop and everyone enjoyed themselves. It is so encouraging to be able to ask for and except help and ideas from those with more experience. Our next event will be the annual Shell Lake turnfest. So keep making round things and don’t forget the club is open to new ideas and answers to questions that haven’t yet been asked. It is your club. Everyone is encouraged to participate to best of their ability. So ’till next time……….
P.S. Charlie is Joannes’s dog.

Trent’s pictures of the event follow.

Deb and Ian live in a particularly beautiful area with rolling hills, sloughs and native prairie grasses.

Working in the well equipped shop.

As Duncan explained we do spend a lot of time eating and solving world problems.

This next section begins with a person and the work they created over the weekend.

Al Jardine

Deb McLeod

Duncan Birch

Earl Eidem

Elio Menis

Joanne Sauvageau

Mary Dykhuizen

Mel Genge

Paul Schroeder

Georgia Jardine joined us to work on calligraphy and also did yoemans service to help feed all of us.

Trent Watts has been working on a face carved into a bowl he turned. Al Jardine is a superb teacher and carver and helped make “Ruth Hilda” come to life.

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April Meeting 2019

What a great turnout with forty members and two guests coming for a fun and information packed evening. Paul opened the meeting with a discussion about where we will continue to meet. Persephone is getting very busy with show productions and may have us meet in the backstage theater. Paul will update us next meeting.

Jim Beebe discussed upcoming meeting demos and asked for help with the organizing. Gary and Earl agreed to help him. Jim then introduced a new tantalizing feature he calls “Get to Know Your Turner”. This will help to introduce in more detail some of the people in our club. One person will interview a member and we will all benefit from the information. Who will it be???? Don’t miss the next meeting to find out.

Show and Tell photos are visible by clicking HERE.

Gord Munn did a wonderful job of leading us through his techniques for transforming a growing tree into pieces suitable for turning. He started with great samples of tree sections with appropriate chainsaw cuts to show how to cut the tree down, dig out bark from inclusions and plan how you would proceed with cutting into turning blanks. Here are some photos of his presentation.
Thanks for a very informative demo Gord.

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