Next Meeting - February 26th, 2015
MEETING LOCATION AND TIME
The chapter meets on the last Thursday evening of each month from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Handley-Meadowbrook Lions Club, 6013 Craig Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76112.
Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend our meetings. The Handley-Meadowbrook Lions Club is about 1.5 miles south of I-30 on I-820 S. exit Craig Street (Exit 30a).
WNT SUPER THURSDAY, February 26TH -FOLLOWED BY Reqular Meeting
Are you ready for another exciting Open Shop with Hot Dogs, Swap and Shop, and Tips and Tricks Super Thursday?
Starting at 3 PM until 6 PM our Open Shop will be your opportunity to visit with our Mentors and learn hands on about the things in which you are interested. There will be a number of lathes stationed about our meeting room with someone who can help you with just about anything you want to learn. There will be a couple of sharpening stations with Mentors to help with your tool grinding issues. Several lathes stations will feature everything from bowl techniques, skew techniques, spindle issues, hollow form techniques, segmented turning issues, and much, much more.
February 2015 Demo
By John Holderman
My father worked in a lumber yard and always helped friends build their houses, fix barns and any odd job that dealt with carpentry. I tagged a long and helped clean up and later helped with the framing and roofing. After High School I joined the Air Force ans spent the next 20 years traveling around the world. I had a few opportunities to build coffee tables and a couple cabinets but my wood working itch was mainly left unscratched.
When I retired I moved to Dallas for my new job. I mainly worked on my house, built cabinets, computer tables ...etc. In 2008 I had a need for a turned piece for one of my projects and had several friends with lathes attempt to make it but was not satisfied with the results. I broke down and bought a midi lathe and a some tools from Harbor Freight and I made the piece I needed.
When my father came out to visit from California we took a class at Woodcraft and we both were hooked on wood turning. I've since made, or attempted to make as many different types of projects as possible including a couple segmented boxes for Beads of Courage, lidded boxes and kitchen utensils. I love pushing my limits and learning new skills. This candy dish is my latest attempt to expand my understand of the craft.
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
- We couldn't believe it. The January meeting attendance was far and above any other including our Christmas banquet. By last count we had 117 members and visitors.
- It was great having a full house but it did create a bit of a parking dilemma. In order to park on the grass to the west of the pavement please leave a drive-thru area at the north end of the pavement next to the fence. We will be working with the Lions Club to get the pavement marked as "NO PARKING".
- Empty Bowls luncheon was last Friday and we made a big hit with 229 turned items. Thanks to all who participated in the program. Our bowls are the pick of the crop and go a long way in support of the Tarrant Food Bank. The soups provided by Fort Worth's high end restaurants were also very good. This year, the members that donate the most turnings will get first choice at attending the luncheon.
- We will be demonstrating at the Woodcraft store in Hurst next Friday and Saturday. If you would like to participate let John Horn know and he will be glad to schedule you in. I mentioned it our last meeting, and again I want to stress being on our activities list. If you want to participate in club activities such this you need to let our Activities Director, John Horn, know. John has lists of club members that he calls on to staff these activities. John cannot call each member hoping to get volunteers. See John and get on his list as these activities are very rewarding.
- I said in my last president's report to get ready for Jimmy Clewes and you went overboard. All 5 classes filled up with several members wait listed. Be sure and check out John Horn's article as he may have some good news for you if you did not get signed up.
- It is time to renew your WNT club and American Association of Woodturners memberships. James Haynes will be taking our membership dues Thursday and you can register/renew with AAW online at https://aaw.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp? . Our club is a chapter of the AAW and we highly encourage all of our members to join.
- See you at 6:30pm Thursday and be safe. We do not need any new “safety coordinators”.
The mission of the Woodturners of North Texas is to advance the creative pursuit of woodturning through educational programs, practical demonstrations and community service projects. Personal achievement is encouraged through mentoring, design challenges and member participation.