Shell Lake 2019

Duncan Birch is a long time member of HCT and works hard for our group. I am grateful for him providing this summary of our turning weekend at Shell Lake.

Shell Lake 2019 is now only a memory. Held on June 21-22-23, artists started arriving and setting up on the 20th and by the end of the day the majority was there, set up and ready to start turning.  The gazebo was totally surrounded with campers, tents, trailers, of every description. With twelve lathes and one black smith we were operating at near maximum capacity. Al Bakke was there with his one brick forage on Saturday, offering insight into the manufacturing procedure of making our own tools. Saturday saw our usual carvers adding to the ranks. The weather of course played a role with a beautiful day Friday and a less desirable day Saturday with rain most of the day, but with the tarps lowered and the enthusiasm of the participants, the weather was forgotten. These events are always a time for sharing, learning, and observing, where everyone’s effort is important, and is admired and discussed by all.  There are even times when world problems are discussed and solutions offered. One of the big attraction is the clay oven Cinnamon buns which the local museum serves up on Saturday. This year, even with the rain they still provided us with the tastiest buns to be found anywhere. I can’t say for sure but I think some come just for the buns. Sunday saw some enthused members still turning, but some of us were lacking enthusiasm and by noon everyone was packed up and the cleanup was done. As we all return to our own little world we can look back at the friendships that have developed over the years as well as the ideas we get from watching other turners. Our present club now has fifty-three members and a very good representation was exhibited this weekend. The month of June signifies the end of our current year and the beginning of family time for the next two months. I know fishing and golfing are important but try to slip away once in a while to make something round. Looking  forward to seeing everyone again in the fall.

The following pictures and text are from Trent’s observations.

We were delighted to meet Verena and Franz Appert a couple from Switzerland holidaying in Canada. They just happened to be in Shell Lake on our turning weekend and once Mel Genge met them he spent time showing them around and meeting various turners. They were interested in a demo on making a honey dipper and a spin top so we sent them home with the demo pieces. We learned a new word and now we will be making a ‘Hurlibueb’ rather than a spin top.

Some of the campers, motorhomes, tents, and 5th wheelers Duncan mentioned.

A few items were offered for sale on the lovely day we had on Friday.

John came from near North Battleford to share some of his wood collection now that he is moving to Ontario. We will miss you John.

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