Home Page

Officers/Advisory Comm.

Club Newsletters

Presidents Letters

AAW Information




Photo Galleries

Study Sessions

Club Demo Info


By Laws

Resources and Links


July 2012 Newsletter

By Gary Smith

Gary started off his demonstration telling us that he is one of the 5 founding members of our club.  A big thank you to Gary, and the other founding members for laying a solid foundation for our club.


Gary makes salt shakers that, when shaken, the salt that was lying in the bottom of the chamber. bounces off the dome at the top of the chamber, and some will fall through the central tube.  The only critical dimension is the distance between the tube and the dome; it must be ½ inch.  Please see the attachment that was also sent.

Gary started with a block of English walnut that was approximately 4X4X7 inches. Gary was turning between centers. The finished size of the salt shaker is approximately 3 ¼ inches high X 2 ¼ inches round.  The size of the salt shaker is up to the turner; again the only critical dimension is the distance between the tube and the dome.

Gary starts rounding the wood using a large (1 3/8”) skew.  You know, the tool that collects the most dust in my shop, and maybe yours.  Gary gave us a lot of good information about using the skew and how to avoid catches.

Gary then marked out the cone-shaped insert, then cut and drilled it.  The insert was then hollowed out on the bottom.  Gary explained that he likes EEE Ultra Shine Paste Wax, followed up with Shellawax Friction Polish.  This finish was used on the bottom of the insert.  Gary parted off the insert.

Gary said he uses a bedan beading tool to cut his tenons.  

Then it was quiz time.  You know instructors, they always have to quiz you.  

Gary ask, “What is the difference between a bedan and a bidet?”---------------

No answers------------------


“You can sit on a bidet”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK Gary.

Gary continued to shape the hole in the main body.  When he cut the bottom of the main body for the insert to fit into----------first try, perfect fit.  Wow, I have to try several times to sneak up on the size of the opening, to get the insert to fit right.

Gary parted off the main body and made a jam chuck out of the left over blank.  He made it a little small, and the main body slipped.  He’s human after all!  I am not sure, but I think making it small might have been intentional; teaching moment.  Gary got some water and put it on the jamb chuck.  A few moments later, the jamb chuck swelled up; another perfect fit.

Gary shaped and put a bead on the body, again using that dusty tool, the skew.  A little texturing with a sorby texture too, and he was done.  He didn’t sand the body, just used the skew.  

Gary donated the salt shaker for the drawing.  Since I was the lucky winner, I can see very little need for any sanding.  I think I/we need to dust off our skews and learn to use them better.

Gary is a very talented turner.  Thank you for an excellent demonstration.

Some of Gary’s work




Dyed Maple Burl


Ash-burned black



No entries.  **** ****.  Everyone missed a chance to win.  Next time---GET TURNING.  


There was only one entry.  Micheal Kingsley brought in an ash platter.   Notice how well he used the natural color of the wood to make the platter look like a picture.

Micheal also made his own supports to display his platter.

Thank you Micheal for a very nice platter!


Turning of the month

Dennis Burks, last month’s winner, brought in a very nice box made out of Myrtle wood.

Bob Rudkin won the drawing.

I can’t wait to see what Bob will bring in for next month.

Show and Tell

A lot of show and tell turnings this month.  Thank you all for showing us your work.

John Urquhart brought in his 1st cherry bowl with a rolled edge.

Rich Howard brought in his maple burl hollow form; his 1st.


Jon Gurnett brought in a bowl made from the club wood.  He named it his “Dot Bowl”

Jon was making some casting, so the leftovers were put into an ice tray.  He had a lot of “Dots” when he finished.  Jon’s wife told him to use them for feet on his turnings.

Jon brought in his extra’s, and made them available for anyone.

Here are his extra’s.

Jon, I count about 90 dots.  If you do what your wife said, and use them as feet; you will be bring in a lot of various " bowls, plates or ?.


Nick Peterson brought in two diamond wood tops.  They spin great; we played with them.


Micheal Kingsley brought in several pieces.  The first one he has shown before, but is well worth a second look.

The second one is possibly pine.

The next picture is a natural edge bowl made from maple burl.

The fifth picture is two saucer plates  made out of the most common wood we all have; unknown.


Susan McCoy brought in a small maple lidded box, a very nice willow vase, and a beautiful cherry bowl with branding on the edge.


Frank brought in the following pieces.  We all know the high quality of Frank’s work, so I will say no more.

The first four are all hollow forms.  The first one is elm, the second is maple, the last two are flame box elder.  The fifth one is flame box elder.  Frank got the style from a European turning magazine.  he said it is not his favorite style.



Club business

The below information is on the front page of our website.  If there any updates, you will find them there.  Check our website often.

Club Picnic Set for August 11, 2012:

The annual picnic with the wood turners and wood workers will be held at 5:00 on the 11th of Aug. at Ron Lee’s Home. Members last names beginning A thru L are to bring a salad, and M thru Z to bring a dessert. Bring your own chairs. Goodwood will be supplying the pulled pork and the club will provide the soft drinks and water.

The following excerpt from the President's Letter:

Important: important: important:

There’s going to be a croquet contest at the picnic.
You are required to make a croquet mallet 9” long by 2 7/16” diameter.
Woodworkers 2 7/16 ' square.
Handle can be of any length and dia.
Turners must be round and wood workers must be square (what else)
Decoration and creativity of mallet is encouraged
$1.00 entry fee for all contestants and winner of best mallet will get 50% of purse and best croquet player will get 50% of purse

We will have one judge from turners and one judge from woodworkers.
If there's a tie we will put two best in hat and draw winner.

Single wicket at different lengths will be competition

You must use your own made mallet in competition. Spouses are encouraged to enter with their mallet also.

2 min. practice time will be allowed

Those not competing will be noticed and may not get desert.
Lets have a good time with this.

No regular meeting for Aug.

The club meeting for October will be changed to the second Monday of the month (October 8, 2012) because we will have the Sorby Presentation of their new products on that day.

Monte’s visit

Monte brought in more new toys for us.  He is now stocking a 3/8” lamp auger.  This is an imported item that Monte has obtained for us himself.  It is not a Woodcraft item at this time.  It is very high quality and should drill many lamps for the lucky buyer.

The Saw Dust Brothers are manufacturing a centering ruler.  Be sure and ask to see one the next time you visit Woodcraft.  A very useful product to have in the shop.

Monte is also stocking round inflatable sanders by Guinevere.  The sanders will work on any flexible shaft.  The drive shaft on the sander is approximately ¼” diameter.  Monte is stocking two sizes and the sleeves of sand paper.

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