Are we into the Dog Days of Summer yet? It sure has been hot at my house; so glad that I decided to add AC in the shop last year. Speaking of Air Conditioning, the unit at the Community Center this past meeting was working very well, so don’t let the heat keep you from attending. This next challenge is Plates, Platters and Saucers so we should have lots of entries. Looking ahead, I hope that everyone has had a chance to get started on Beads of Courage boxes. Bob’s presentation and slide show about the Beads of Courage Program and all the happy kids holding their boxes was real inspiring. Let’s see if we can greatly increase the number of boxes this year over what we made last year. So if you made one last year, just make 2 this year. For those of you who made more than 1 last year, just try to make one extra this year. If you have any doubts of the value of this project, just check out their web site; http://www.beadsofcourage.org/
We have confirmed with Jerry Kermode and only need a confirmation of the room reservation for his all-day demo. Pending confirmation of the room reservation we will be at the Crescenta Valley Regional Park as usual on Saturday, September 16th for the Demo. Jerry is planning on doing a wide variety of things in the demo so there will be
plenty to learn for beginning through advanced turners. Check out Jerry’s website to see some of his work; http://www.jerrykermode.com/ .
Until next meeting, try to stay cool and keep turning safely.
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: