President’s Message - December 2019
Well, 2019 has ripped by! I can't believe it's over already. I am however, excited by the New Year's events and activities. But first, I'd like to sum up our 2019 year of fun. We had demonstrations by hour group member Bill Haskell and by Hans Weissflogg all the way from Germany.
The Glendale woodturners Guild branch of Women in Turning (WIT) began meeting this last year and we've met a handful of times this year. We have had an awesome turnout and have a wide variety of participants some beginners some old timers all who are willing to share their experience and skills. So far, we've done a pretty good job of trying to meet the needs of all who attend, and we have to thank our sponsor, Rockler Pasadena for allowing us to meet in the store and use their equipment for turn turning! As they have for many years Rockler has been super supportive of the GWG in a variety of ways and we so appreciate it. Please thank them next time you see them.
I also want to thank everyone for their support at the GWG Holiday auction and potluck! We brought in about $2,600 which we will put towards the purchase of a new audio-visual projector and of course it allows us to supplement our professional demonstrators so that we don't have to pay too much out-of-pocket. I want to thank all the volunteers who have participated in our meetings throughout the year and at the auction. Your support keeps our club going! Happy holidays and New Year. I look forward to seeing you all at the January meeting
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AAW
(Excerpt) AAW policy initiative on fractal burning (also known as "Lichtenberg Burning"), which advocates safety and helps to protect lives.
The AAW has always been a faithful advocate for woodturning safety. Recently, the subject of fractal burning has been in the news because of another tragic death. The AAW Safety Committee has studied the issue and concluded there may be a distinct influencing benefit in adopting a policy against the use of Fractal Burning and publicizing it immediately to chapters and members. As a result, it was recommended that the AAW Board adopt a new policy against the practice, which was unanimously approved on May 17, 2017. The new policy is as follows:
It is the policy of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) that the process known as Fractal Burning is prohibited from being used in any AAW-sponsored events, including regional and national symposia, and that AAW-chartered chapters are strongly urged to refrain from demonstrating or featuring the process in chapter events. Further, the process of Fractal Burning shall not be featured in any written or online AAW publication, except for within articles that warn against its use. AAW publications will not accept advertisements for any products or supplies directly related to the process.
Additionally, the Safety Committee recommended that an article be published in the August 2017 issue of American Woodturner to highlight the dangers of the practice and publicize the new AAW policy.
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