Next Meeting -April 30th, 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).
April 2015 Demo
“Woodturning Fundamentals and a Toothpick Holder”
Roger Jones was one of the first people to help organize the Brazos Valley Wood Turners and in many ways he is a "Superturner" in a "Clark Kent" package.
Roger is a very unassuming person until he gets a chunk of wood, a tool and gets behind a lathe. Then he does become "Superturner". His knowledge of tools, their various cuts and perfect sharpening is astounding. He is very approachable and willing to help anyone learn anything and his calm demeanor keeps the learner focused on learning and reduces tension in doing something new or different. Roger takes his time to relax the learn and create a pleasant learning environment
During any demonstration he tosses out practical information about whatever tool he is using as to how to perfect the cut, other ways the tool could be used and keeping it sharp as well as ways to practice and still come up with a decent turning. It's as a casual as a comment about the weather but people remember those
comments. In addition to great knowledge about tools -- all aspects and some you didn't know about---he has a very creative mind. Given any turned object instead of merely changing a minor detail, Roger's creativity will take it to a totally different place. Several years ago the BVWT was doing table decorations for SWAT featuring a 2 piece turned bird on a stick. Roger took the idea and came up with many variations including a mini turkey with drumsticks, on a platter (turned) with a lid repurposed from an old lamp.
When Roger demonstrates what originally appears to be a very complex turning project, he breaks it down into stages that encourages turners to try making a similar project. He has the rare teaching ability to make complex into easily understood and probably obtainable steps. Even if a watcher never tries to make the project, he/she is left with a lot of ideas and techniques that they can apply to their own work.
By Judy Williams Vice-President of the BVWT By Roger Jones
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
- WOW! what a week we had with Jimmy Clewes. Six days of classes and a full day of demonstrations by one of the best turning instructors in the world. If you missed any of it you still have a chance because Jimmy will be at SWAT and will have classes at Wood World in August. Thanks to all of the members that contributed their time and equipment to make the classes a success. Special thanks to Dr. Gill and Mary for hosting Jimmy, and for the use of his shop. Also to John Horn for all of the scheduling and coordination work necessary for such a great event.
- We have a lot of things happening at our meeting Thursday starting with photos for our new club directory. Please come a little early and get your picture made and wear your club shirt if you have one. David Carter will be taking photos for 2 months, but if you do not get yours, there are a lot of goofy clip art images we could substitute for your missing photo.
- SWAT provides one registration scholarship for a club member that has not been to SWAT. Our club will also be providing two additional scholarships to any members that will go to the symposium. We are additionally providing banquet tickets for the three scholarship winners. Drawings will be held Thursday and you must pledge to use the scholarships as they are not inexpensive. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the recipient.
- Ray Moyer is heading up our new Beads Of Courage program. He will have more information and special beads at the meeting. Three Challenge raffle tickets will be awarded for each turned vessel.
- Speaking of Bob's Challenge, don't forget to bring in your minimum 8 inch diameter platter or plate. I forgot my YoYo last month and caught all kinds of abuse over providing a cell phone photo of it.
- With everything else going on don't forget your Empty Bowls. We have a long way to go to meet/break our 229 turnings of last year.
- The patches that were sold at the Saturday all day demo are not colored correctly so please do not apply them to your garments. I am working with the manufacturer for a resolution so just hold on to them for now.
- See you at 6:30pm Thursday and be safe. We have a new “safety coordinator”, Bob Wiggins, and don't need another.
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.