Next Meeting -August 18th, 2016
(next - Sept 22nd)
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).
July 2016 Demo
“Back To Basics”
Larry Roberts has been a woodturner for 61 years. He first started in high school when he took interest in the lathe during
shop class. His teacher trained him in the “English/Conventional” method in which the turner would adhere to strict rules and would mostly consist of turnings for furniture and the like.
His brother invited him to a weekend gathering of few woodturners, including Clay Foster and David Ellsworth, who
were exploring the unheard of method of freeform and artistic turning. These artisans were happy to pass on the
radical new techniques, designs, vessel shapes and types. This lead to these turners being taught to think of the craft in
in different ways, “freeing their minds”.
Larry enthusiastically adopted this new method of woodturning. He now rarely uses kiln dried woods. He
prefers to use found woods. He likes to salvage wood from fireplace piles, disposal yards, arborists, roadside piles and
development sites; anywhere wood is being discarded. He takes joy in transforming found wood into a vessel displaying
the unusual grain patterns that are hidden inside. Frequently a discarded, ugly chunk of wood will be beautiful inside.
“One never knows what lies inside a piece of wood”. He enjoys taking these cast away, unwanted, useless wood and
giving it new life. He says this process gives him tranquility, reflection, self-satisfaction and joy. He only hopes that the
new piece holds something special for the new owner. Larry says that he is often asked; “what do you put in it?”.
His response is; “I have put a lot of love into it, you can put into it whatever you want”.
MONTHLY PRESIDENT'S NOTES
President's report for Aug 2016
- Welcome to our new members: Tom Crossett, Buddy Echols, Edwin Esparza, David Patterson and Dan Strack. We now have 199 members.
- NOTICE meeting date change…this month only we will be meeting one week early on August 18th because of SWAT.
- SWAT is now just a couple of weeks away. This is a great symposium, inexpensive and close. I hope you are attending. Be sure to come to the Friday night Batty/Mahoney bowl turning contest as it promises to be quite interesting, to say the least.
- This month’s meeting will be your last chance to register for our fall classes with Tim Yoder. Signup resumes at 6:00pm this Thursday. If more than 6 sign up for any class a drawing will be held to determine attendees. Prepayment of registration does not guarantee a spot in the class. John Horn will do all he can to equitably fill the classes.
- Our club supports the RISE organization for the physically challenged. We will be participating in their End of Summer Bash at Lake Grapevine on September 24th. This is always a great experience for us and the participants. We will be setting up 5 lathes and turning tops and cars. A signup sheet will be passed around at the meeting.
- Hopefully you have not been partaking of the July Tequila bottle Challenge results thus inhibiting turning the August “Banana Boat” challenge. Bob wants a natural edge banana shaped bowl this month. Use your own imagination as there are multiple ways of turning this item. Be sure and bring it to the meeting and receive a quarterly drawing ticket and the drawing will be at this meeting.
- I am seeing several Beads of Courage bowls and the designs are impressive. Ray Moyer will be taking these to SWAT for display and then they will be donated to Cooks Children’s hospital for seriously ill children to store their “courage beads” received for each procedure they have.
- Ron Traylor is collecting turnings for the Empty Bowls program. Let’s keep up our turned bowl production for 2016 as these help provide a large part of Tarrant County Food Bank’s operating funds. The members that turn the most bowls get to demo at the Empty Bowls luncheon.
See you at 6:30pm Thursday and be safe.
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.