March 2014 Newsletter

SOUTHCOAST WOODTURNERS NEWSLETTER
News of the South Coast Woodturner’s Club
A Chapter of the American Association of Woodturner’s
www.southcoastwoodturners.com

March 2014

Meeting Notice:

Our next meeting will be held on: March 8, 2014

We meet the second Saturday of each month in the woodshop of the Harding School in Coos Bay. The Harding Building is located below Marshfield High School on 7th Street. Parking is behind the building near the football/track field. Enter the woodshop through the door at the NW corner of the building. Look for our sign.
Guest and members are welcome to attend the regular meetings starting at 9:00 a.m. Meetings include Club raffle, show and tell turnings and woodturning. Coffee included!

Meeting: We had two visitors at our February meeting. Pat Guiness signed up to be a member. Welcome Pat. Many thanks were given to the work crews who cleaned up the wood shop. The $90 insurance package from AAW was voted on and approved. Jim gave his Treasurer’s report and Richard Kelly encourages members to please use the library. He has done a lot of work in this area.
A number of excess tools were cleaned up and sold…don’t fret if you missed out – there will be more available at this months meeting.
Following the demonstration on making knitting bowls, it was brought to this Scribe’s attention that Sonny Meyer may have to learn to knit as Bev is the one who does the driving on long trips.
And…a belated Happy 50th Anniversary wish to Ross’s.

Show and Tell: Bart Stein won the Show and Tell certificate. Be sure to bring in the things you have made…you too could be a winner!

Notes from President Ike:
Your board met recently and I will give a short report at the upcoming meeting. The board is working on gaining a better demonstration lathe, equipment to improvement demonstration viewing, and other details related to making the club a top notch experience for wood turners.

The club has recently been given a downed myrtle tree with wonderful color. A few of our members have cut a portion of the wood and have pieces to move into the wood room on meeting day. We have also been offered some standing cherry. All of this wood has presented some questions the club needs to address. Do we have enough members able and available to cut and process the wood and can we find a location to store the excess beyond the wood room capacity? It is great to have wood for the club to use for projects, demonstrations, and to distribute to members, but it means more members are needed to assist in the work sessions.

I hope you will be able to attend the March meeting. Not only does Jim have a great program lined up on peppermills presented by Joe Essin, but also it is a time for you to learn from fellow turners.

Sale Opportunity
As an opportunity to promote our club and to raise money toward the purchase of a club demonstration lathe, the club board has decided to participate in the Woodcarvers’ Show held at Pony Village Mall on April 12 and 13th. The plan is to sell knitting bowls, bottle stoppers, and other items remaining from the Cranberry Festival inventory.

In addition to promoting the club, this is a chance for club members to sell a limited number of their own turned projects. As has been the past practice, the club will retain 30% of the sale price as compensation.

Club members will be needed to sign up for a shift during the sale. Sign up will take place at the March club meeting. Please turn a knitting bowl or other items for the club sale and consider a personal item to sell. Let’s make the most of this opportunity.

Program Chairman Jim T. says:
I want to thank all of the members who participated in the knitting bowl turning project. Please bring back your completed bowls. Bernie has forwarded the notes for the completion of the knitting bowls. If you have any questions, please call me. Because of your requests, Joe Essin from Woodcraft in Eugene will be doing the March demo on Pepper Mills. The programs chair is keeping copies of the notes and handouts from demos since the beginning of 2013. Should any member need the notes from a particular demo, please contact me. Suggestions for program topics and demonstrators are greatly appreciated.

Past President Ed’s message:

Our annual dues to AAW are still $53.00, but will increase by $ 2.00 effective 4-1-2014, so any members make sure you pay your annual due to AAW before the increase date.

It does seem like an expensive membership fee, however when you look at just what is returned to us as members or better still our club you will see the benefits.

As a members check the AAW web site to see just what is available on their education and various grants. As a member you also get the quarterly magazine which is one of the best magazine on the market place. You will note, they are having more articles on “how to do” which are great.

As a club we have received monies for equipment and in fact I believe we purchased our mini lathes with AAW providing the funding or a major part of it.

To sell items or put a notice in the newsletter:
Contact Bernie Brown, Editor at 541-888-0466 or email brown_br@charter.net or mail to PO Box 315, North Bend, OR 97459.