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Letters From the President

The Treasure Valley Woodturner's Club
Boise Idaho

June 6, 2013

Presidents Letter:

This will be a May -June letter to members. 

Our May 11th Saturday study session went very well with Aaron Cornell  presenting a bowl coring demonstration. Aaron used the McNaughton system to teach with. Attendees cored pieces and some turned cored blanks into bowls.
Aaron is an active turner and turns on a regular basis and is a proficient woodworker as we have witnessed by the examples he has brought to the monthly meetings.
Thank You Aaron.

For June on the 22nd, Steve and myself will go though our different style of turning a bowl.
We have members say they want to turn their first bowl or their some having trouble with some phase of turning a bowl. Please review the outline of the class on the home page.  Jam chucking the piece in the final stages of a bowl will be discussed in length as there are many ways to accomplish this.  There will be something for everyone, if you have done 1000 or 1, join us. Keep in mind, these Saturday study session are for members to improve your skills in woodturning. You can spend what ever time you want with us, turn or just listen and watch others turn. We normally have discussions to start with than try our hands at turning.  We have had people at each session that have just listened and visited and some that really want to turn. We have to know if your going to turn so we can reserve a lathe for you.

John Pickrell did a spinning top demo at our May membership mtg and it was received very well. Since John has done so many tops in the past, he went through the whole demo and made it look quite easy. Thanks John for sharing your tips and knowledge with us.  John also made up and gave to the raffle 4 sets of kits to make tops with. Those who won the kits are required to bring a top for show and tell this month.

Nick Peterson brought some completed tops he had turned from corian and they were very impressive pieces of work.

For the June 11th general meeting Rich Froehlich will do a demo from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Rich will be doing a bracelet making demo. Rich has perfected some neat inlay highlights for turned pieces and is a very talented artist and turner.

We won't have our new chairs this month but hopefully July will be the time we can expect them.

Bring some turning that your working on to the June meeting and share what's going on with you, and your lathe.

The yearly Utah Symposium took place in Orem, Utah in May. Some of our members attended, took pictures and learned some new techniques. Hopefully we can get them to share some of their highlights with the members in June. As most of you may know Dale Nish passed away a few days after the Symposium, he was the founder of that event and was the past owner of Craft Supply in Provo.

The national AAW symposium will take place in Tampa Florida this year on June 28th to the 30th.  Next year it will be in Phoenix,  AZ.  There also different places in the US to attend weekly and daily workshops in wood turning from professional full time turners. If anyone interested, let me know and I will  discuss it with you.

The board and I have not planned on bringing a professional outside turner to our club this year. This does not say we have any objection if some members want to . Think about this and bring any suggestions to the next membership meeting. If a enough members want a certain person or type of turning instruction, we want to know.

On May 3rd Monte and Steve Young met at the State Capital with Gov, Otter and Major General  Gary Saylor, who is commanding general of the Idaho National Guard.   The occasion was for Monte to present the Governor and Major General Saylor pens like the club sends to the troops each year and show how local Idaho business's are doing there part to support the troops overseas. Our club member Darrell Manning, a retired general and  Max Black  a retired state representative who served in the legislature   along with families attended the ceremony.

On May 21st Major General Saylor awarded Monte and Woodcraft a certificate thanking Monte for the 10,000 pens produced by the club  under the sponsorship of Woodcraft. With the exception of Governor Otto all the same participants attended this ceremony also.
Anyone wanting pictures of the May 21st ceremony let me know.

Don Thompson our newsletter editor is traveling for the summer (about 3 months) and is willing to get a newsletter out if we send him the info to produce it with. At this point we on this end have not sent him anything, so no newsletter. We will see what the next couple months produce from this end.

The club directories are ready to purchase for $3.00 ea at our meetings. If anyone wants one sent to them, please let me know .

Any ideas for improvement of the club is always welcome. Also if please let me know if any of our members are hospitalized or have serious ailments.

See you all on June 11th at 6:30 pm.

Bring something you're working on.

Frank Lench      208.939.3089
email : fglench@cableone.net

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