We had a very informative all-day demo by Jerry Kermode. He showed many different types of projects, starting with a simple carving mallet and then progressed into making a mushroom, a ball, a square-rimmed plate, an off-center spindle, two matching spindles, a bowl, and finally a natural-edged bowl with three stitches across a crack. Since Jerry is an instructor of turners at all skill levels, he was able to make every project very educational for everyone. I learned a different way to thin the wall of a bowl, so I am excited to try it on my next bowl project.
We are fast approaching our Annual Holiday Pot Luck and Auction. As you do your fall cleaning in your house and shop, keep an eye out for those high-quality items that would make good auction items. Remember that member-turned items are some of our best auction items.
At last month’s meeting, we collected over 50 Beads of Courage boxes. Bob Clark told us that he will still be able to accept boxes at our next meeting. So please join me in bringing in those boxes that we failed to complete on time. Of all the projects that we undertake, I think this is one of the best, since our pieces end up directly in the hands of the children who need them.
At next month’s meeting Floyd Pederson will be collecting donated pieces for the Kiwanis Club’s Equestrian event for Special Athletes. They will be having an auction as a fundraiser and usually do well with our donated items. So take a look in your display cabinet and pick out a piece that you would not mind parting with and bring it to the meeting.
Until next meeting, keep making chips and please be safe.
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.
Board Members and Volunteer Positions
Next Month (November 13) we need to nominate new board members and volunteers.
Nominations are open.
The Current Volunteer Positions are: