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March Meeting

March 14, 2012

The meeting opened at 7:00 PM
The next meeting is April 10th at 7:00 PM


Michael Kingsley started the meeting talking about the success of the Artistry in Wood Show. It’s possible the ACWW will receive $ 500.00 for their participation at the show. Next was the dis-qualification of the best of the best award at the show. The piece that was entered was over 3 years old.

On a sad note: The best of the best was then awarded to Lana Smith for her carving of the Kestral. Sadly she was killed in a bicycle accident on the 7th of March. Lana’s work always ranked among the best at the several shows she entered. Some discussion on the best way to give the best of the best ribbon made by Joe Ziegler to the Lana Smith family.

Michael talked about the judging that took over 5 hours. Don Blaisdell was tireless, worked at the registration desk in addition to putting on dovetailing demo's. Chance Gatfield put on several of his bandsaw snake demo's, some of which he donated to the auction. Ron Lee worked the sales booth along with other volunteers. There were 82 items for sale of which 20 were sold for a total of $ 498.00, and the club made $ 28.00 from the sales.

John Lee worked tirelessly putting on his demonstration on turnings and boxes. He also showed a smaller Noah's Ark which he built to scale, along with a carving of Noah, and a carving of a sheep which was the average size of the animals on Noah's Ark. John said he doesn't want to ever carve something that small again. Ken Viste donated 10 of his Idaho Boxes made from the Capitol wood for the Auction. From the judges standpoint, there were great entries, hard to judge, and they learned from the entries. A DVD slide show of the Artistry in Wood Show was put together by Marlene Kingsley and is available for $ 5.00. Thank You Marleen.


Guests – John Benedict, Chris Cintoff & Mike Maclane.
New Members – Alan Hochhalter, Pat Reed, John Baker, Russ
Whitney, Phillip Briggs, & Maurice Clifton.


Jack Keifer reported the club had $ 931.90 as of 1 March.


Bob Middleton won the $ 15.00 gift card.


There was a brief discussion on name tags. The name tags will have a safety pin type attachment with a plastic sleeve and the members name inside. Pick up your name tag at the start of the meeting, and leave it after the meeting. Voted on and approved.


John Pickrell brought in a box made with locking corners and using 3/8” rare earth magnets for the locking mechanism for the drawer.

John Benedict showed one of the several ships that he builds.

Every ship is slightly different, and when he finishes a certain style of ship, he destroys the plans. He doesn't like to copy, but designs as a new art design. His web is: www.benedictarts.com


Scott talked about a long bow class for kids being given by a local artisan. The wood is glued up pre-classroom. There is room for 10 and as of the 14th 5 people have signed up. The class will be given on 27 April from 12 noon to 6PM, and 28 April from 9AM to 5PM. Sunday will be spent finishing the bow. The cost is $ 395.00. Scott showed some Japanese cooking knife blades made from 67 layers of damascus steel.

The zhen blade sells for $15.99 and blade prices go up to $ 79.00 for the meat cleaver. Woodcraft is also having a spring cleaning table with items up to 30% off. If something doesn't sell, they'll discount it another 10%, until sold.

Russ Whitney from Sawtooth Ideas brought in a DVD and demonstrated how to use sketch-up with his software to show how an item is built from start to finish with measured drawings.

Brian Bass brought in several boxes where rare earth magnets are used as the locking mechanism for locking latch lids. The process is quite involved for me to put to print. Bamboo pliers is the tool of choice to place the magnets. The finish on the boxes is John Lee's mix.

Phil Briggs from Intermountain Hardwood passed around some wood samples of a process of replicating any domestic wood.

Moisture is re-introduced into the wood, and the moisture content depends on what you want to replicate. “Thermo Treatment”. You can make lighter woods darker, but not the other way around. The longer the heat is applied, the longer the wood will last. Color fastness is guaranteed with 100% color penetration. The life of the wood is from 25 to 30 years in an outdoor environment. Phil also said that Intermountain Hardwoods is setting up an account under Ada County Wood Workers for members to get 10% to 20% off retail. Some new woods require a 3 week lead time.

As a reminder, dues for 2012 were due in January.

Thought for the month: The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.

Next meeting: April 113, 2012