Hands-On Classes Well Attended

West Tennessee Woodturners sponsored three days of hands-on classes April 5-6.  The classes were taught by Mark Sillay from Tucker, Georgia.  Each of the three classes were attended by six turners from our club, along with a couple visitors.  It seemed quite evident that all atendees came away pleased with the experience and feeling they had learn or gained improvement in many turning techniques. Mark is an excellent and experienced instructor and each day was an intense "nine-to-five" workout.


Apologies to the Thursday group; no photo.

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Club Meeting - April 8, 2017

 

Instant Gallery

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Demonstration

The theme of Mark Sillay's demonstration, and much of what he teaches, was "wood slicing" as distinct from scraping.  Mark really manages to load a lot of information into his demonstrations.  He seems to be able to talk, turn, and chew gum at the same time.  As you can see from some of the photos below, he emphasizes positioning the tools so that their sharp edges are cutting, or slicing, into the wood in such a manner as to need a finish cut that usually leaves little or no need for sanding.  He also is a strong proponent of bracing the tool handle against your body whenever possible, and moving the tool with the body instead of your hands and arms.

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Other Photos

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All photos courtesy of Jerry Dawson
Meeting Minutes

Meeting was brought to order with Bill Wyche presiding. There were twenty-three members (counting two new) and four visitors present.

  • Bill announced our visitors and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
  • Everyone was reminded of the AAW special offer of 50% off first year dues for new members.
  • Suggestion was made that everyone who attended the Mark Sillay classes might consider donating their practice pieces to the LeBonheur fund raising effort.  The club is now collecting items to be sold at that event.
  • Skip Wilbur will be the demonstrator at the May meeting. 
  • For our June meeting we will have a "Round Table" discussion of tools, tips, and techniques.  All woodturners like to readily share their special tricks and discoveries with others.  So bring whatever you need for "props" and be prepared to share.
    Also, for the June meeting everyone is asked to bring their:
    • First turning
    • Worst turning
    • Best or favorite turning
  • Jerry Dawson will be the demonstrator at the July meeting and his topic will be "Lost Wood" technique.
  • No program yet for August,  Here is your chance!
  • Adron Joyner will be the demonstrator at the September meeting.
  • There was some discussion about plans for the annual autumn meeting in October. There will be more communication on this later..
  • Work party next Saturday at 9:00am at Chuck Jones' shop.  Several large logs need to be processed and stored.
  • Bill Wyche is going to put together a group order for the special CA glue that Mark Sillay uses for that easy, glossy finish.  See Bill if you are interested.
  • Several members requested that Hartsville Hardware of Ohio be added to the resources section of our website, and that our club request to be added to their club discount list.  Chuck Jones agreed to do both.
  • Our visiting demonstrator, Mark Sillay spoke to the benefits of being an AAW affiliate, both from the club's standpoint and as an individual member..  He also emphasized the importance of keeping good club records, especially minutes of meetings and actions taken by the board of directors.

 

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Club Work Day Went Well

Our member, good friend and owner/operator of Collins Tree Service, Amanda Driver dropped off some very large holly logs a couple weeks ago, along with some nice maple and walnut.  Saturday, April 15 a work party consisting of Bill Wyche, Jack Couch, Bill Smith, Kirk Smith, Adron Joyner, and Chuck Jones sawed, waxed and stored all of this wood for future wood exchanges.  We should all express our appreciation to Amanda and Trevor for all the wood they bring our way.

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