Note: Please review the message sent to local chapters from the AAW that was received after the fractal burning demonstration on May 6. It is printed at the end of Bill’s column.
Those of you who did not make our last meeting missed out on a chance to see a fun and potentially dangerous presentation. If nothing else we learned a little about the power of electricity to burn stuff. Lots of fun and possibilities for decorating your work. Lichtenberg Figures or patterns look sort of like trees that have been burned into the surface of the wood.
I am looking forward to the AAW Symposium in Kansas City. All of the Symposia are very educational and it is always inspiring to see so many new and innovative demonstrations. There is a golden opportunity right now for anyone who has never been a member of the AAW. The AAW is offering one year memberships until the end of June at 50% off the normal rate of $60. For $30 you can't beat it. The 6 issues of the American Woodturner magazine that are included in the year are well worth the membership price. Anyone interested in joining the AAW at this special rate can contact me for the link to the website where you can join at the discounted rate.
Looking a little further into the future, we will be doing the Beads of Courage project in place of a Challenge in September. If you would like to get started early, contact me for the parameters of the boxes. In the meantime keep turning and let's 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.
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