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January 2012 Newsletter

At our January meeting, there were several changes that were talked about.  

These changes were made to increase club participation and to increase membership.

Our meetings will start at 6:30 PM.  The demonstration will be the first thing on the schedule.  The demos will go until 8:00 PM.  We will then break for 15 minutes.  The demonstrator, or a master turner, will be available for a question and answer time during the break.

When the meeting resumes, we will make any club announcements, do the bowl of the month, challenges,  and show and tell.  The meeting will end at 9:00 PM.

Club dues will increase to $20.00 a year for a single membership and $25.00 for a family membership.

The club is going to start a basic wood turning demo for the public and club members.  This will be once a month or bimonthly.  The demos will be in the front of Woodcraft.  Monte has agreed to publish the dates in his e-mails and flyers.  We will also be promoting club memberships during the demos.

We will be starting a “Rouges Gallery” membership photo directory.  I will be taking pictures at the club meetings.  You can e-mail me (fglench@cableone.net) a of photo, if that is better for you.

Bowl of the month will remain the same.


IAW is set for February 25 and 26, 2012 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 Vista, Boise.  Go to the web site, www.idahoartistryinwood.org.  You can get all of the registration forms you need to enter your turnings.  There is also a store where you can sell your items.  There is an auction and a raffle.  The club needs to provide 3 pieces for the auction and 5 pieces for the raffle.  We need people to do demos and just help at the show.  Contact Rich Froehlich to donate items, put items in the store or help at the show.


Monte is bringing in a professional turner, Mike Jacobshy, for a demonstration.  Mike has done many seminars and has his own line of hollowing tools.  He is going to be giving seminars  at Woodcraft 2-25/26/27-2012.  You can attend one, two or all three days.  Contact Woodcraft for the price and reservations for the seminar. Woodcraft is also going to have Mike’s line of tools for sale.

Some of Mike’s hollow forms are pictured below.  They are very light when you pick them up.  Want to learn to turn like Mike, then  call Woodcraft’


Bowl of the Month

The bowl of the month was made by Garrett Whitesill.  This is the third item he has turned; “ Good job Garrett”.



There was no entry in the beginner’s category.

Bryan entered a very nice candle stick holder.  He turned it using a multi-axis technique.  He used a vacuum chuck to mount the turnings to his lathe.


February Challenge

Beginners: Spinning Top
Advanced: Lidded Box


Ron Lee brought in his round ball turning jig that he made.  He showed how it worked, and several of the balls that he made.  Great job building the jig.


Show and Tell

We had excellent items brought in for show and tell.  We had two guests, Donald Dugger and George Cochran that brought in examples of their work.

Donald Dugger brought in 3 different segmented pieces.

“Very tight joints, and excellent use of different colored wood to make the designs.”

George Cochran, brought in two of his turnings.

The turnings reflect high quality tool work; the beads are sharp and crisp.  The final finish is a two part friction polish.  

Trudy Webb brought in a pepper grinder.  I have made them, and it is hard to keep the top and the body aligned as the grinder is turned.  Trudy’s pepper grinder is always aligned, and has an excellent finish.

Steve brought in a hollow form with natural bark on the top.  This is a very unique style, which I have not seen before.  As we have come to expect from Steve, outstanding work.

Susan brought in a 2 piece vase made of Quickie Aspen.  Susan inlayed turquoise on the top section.  This was another fantastic piece of art from Susan.


Micheal brought in a walnut bowl.  Micheal turned the bowl from green wood.  As the bowl dried, it developed a slight oval, giving the bowl a very custom look.  Micheal thinks he is going to keep it that way, rather than chucking it up again and turning it round.  I think it looks fantastic now.

As everyone can see there was a lot of information put out at the meetings, and some great show and tell.  There is a lot of very good instruction and some great ideas for your future projects.  

Let’s all try and make it to the next meeting on February 14th, 2012.

Club Offices for 2012

Frank Lench, Pres: phone 939-3089, fglench@cableone.net
Susan McCoy, VP/Prog Coord: phone 549-0157,
John Pickrell, Treas: phone 375-6196,
Ellis Miller, Newsletter: wade4430@hotmail.com