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Barry

January 2017 meeting:
Barry Uden - 'Platters'

Barry is an old hand at woodturning and platters are a staple for him. Turning a platter is straight forward for most, but watching Barry makes one appreciate the sublties of holding the piece, elegantly removing wood and finessing the rim. Just looking at his finished pieces and the rim catches the eye. His means of mounting for turning the bottom using stretch wrap, if you haven't done it before, made the whole show worth while.

Barry

December 2016 meeting: Holiday Party & Gift Exchange

chattering

A collection of gifts, a tree with ornaments, a table with food and a group of hungry woodturners with spouses and friends is all it took to make a great holiday party. Appetizers were served at 6:30, dinner at 7 followed by the ornament raffle and gift exchange. The ornaments and gifts were of very high quality, evidence of much effort and skill on the part of the contributors.

Click here for a photo collage of the ornments. Very artistic!
Click here for photos of the gifts exchanged, the exchangers and the exchangees.


Claude

November 2016 meeting:
Claude Godcharles - 'Bow Ties'

Claude explained and demonstrated the technique of inserting a 'Bow Tie' or 'Butterfly' to a woodturning.
The Bow Tie is handy for repairing a crack to enhance cosmetics or fixing a structural fault in a bowl or vase. The tools consist of a router, inlay router bit kit and pattern. The router bit kit has the bit and bushing guide set. You can make your own Bow Tie or purchase one with pattern to match. A resource list will be available under 'Tutorials'.

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hollow

October 2016 meeting:
Dennis Lillis - Hollow Form

Dennis presented a comprehensive tutorial on hollow form turning.
His extensive collection of tools was inspiring. He displayed a large collection of his previous work. He turned a piece while describing the processs. He had seriously important tips on the "do's and don't's" of hollow form turning. This session had value for both novice and advanced turners. His style is strictly 'hands on', no jigs or fixtures to aid the process.


September 2016 meeting - Jon Sauer - Chattering on the lathe

chattering

This was the follow-on to the July meeting during which Jon Sauer described the technique of chattering. Because the elevator was broken in July and the lathe was not available, Jon chatted instead of chattering. This time we saw the real thing. Jon gave us a very comprehensive description and demonstration.


chefs

August 2016 meeting
Annual Club BBQ

The annual WBW BBQ was held on August 9. As is our custom, we were hosted by Jim Laflin. His back yard is the perfect setting for our annual event. He has an area for cooking and eating. His shop is always a touring treat. There is space for a tool auction and wood raffle.
We were again fortunate to have parking avalable next door.
George Lutz is our new chef. He cooked a tasty BBQ assisted by retiring chef Larry Maggi.
Thank you Jim, George, Larry and everyone who helped!


Jon

July 2016 meeting
Jon Sauer - Chatter

Chatter is the process of creating a symetrical pattern on a wood turned piece.
The pattern is typically created on the end grain (but not always).
A tool, created for the purpose, is held in a certain way, with the lathe turning at a certain speed.
Jon treated us to many examples of pieces treated by chatter. Among those were perfume bottles and other pieces beautifully turned on his ornamental lathe and further decorated by chatter technique.
Demonstration on a lathe will be done at a later time.


Bob

June 2016 meeting
Bob bley - Natural Edge

After showing many of the pieces he has produced, Bob took us through the process of turning a natural edge bowl.
Starting with a raw blank, he first shaped the outside then the inside.
Of course, the non-uniform edge presents the biggest challenge.
With finesse and proper presentation of the bowl gouge to the natural edge,
Bob pulled off a great presentation and ended with a nice looking piece.
He discussed the option of using a strobe which was the subject of a previous demo.


Gordon

May 2016 meeting
Gordon Peterson - Turning Stone

Gordon de-mystified the the turning of stone by telling us how stone turning differs from wood.
Use carbide tools. An inexpesive set may be purchased from Harbor Freight.
Do scraping only.
Collect the dust. But he said the dust is not as bad as usually claimed. A simple collector is sufficient.
Alabaster is the stone of choice but there are other options.
Stone is available from several sources.


Ice cream Social

April 2016 meeting
Ice Cream Social - Top Spin Off - Wood Raffle

During most meetings there is not enough time for socializing. This time ice cream became the social catalist.

Spinning tops is a favorite activity amongst many of us. Turning the top is fun enough, then spinning to see which top stays up the longest. But to top it off (pun intended) is the pleasure of donating the tops to the Children's Hospital.

Finally there was a wood raffle. It was fine stuff, too. We can hardly wait to see the results when the wood returns as finished pieces.


Tom Kenyon

March 2016 meeting
Tom Kenyon, open segment

Tom led us through the process of creating and turning open framed segmented bowls. The process involves careful planning, creating a profile drawing, cut list, cutting the segments, layering with a jig plate, gluing, turning and removing filler segments. Whew, each step is not to be taken lightly, but successfully completed, the result is astounding! Jigs and fixtures are an important part of the process. Wedgie sled, alignment plate and segment place ment jigs are important equipment. Removing filler segments appeared most difficult.


Mark Knize

February 2016 meeting

Jim Rogers, toolmaking for woodturning

Jim is the wood turning instructor for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District's wood turning program. He is an advocate of self made tools, which serves well for the school's low budget. Self made tools offer the advantage of getting what you want at a good price. He showed us many tools and processes including heat treating for combination of strength and hardness.
He displayed several of the tools made in the school shop.


Mark Knize

January 2016 meeting
Mark Knize, creator of unusual shapes.

It was an interesting program because it focused on unusual items and shapes. He talked about the different shapes, such as the section of log with the center cut out and a floating gold ball to the large round walnut wall hanging. He displayed several of his tools to do specific types of cuts. He turned the green ball, one half at a time and assembled it after completing both halves. The wall of the ball is approx one inch thick.


Holiday

December 2015 meeting

Our Holiday party.

Apetizers were served. Dinner was served and it was good!
The beautiful tree ornaments (turnings from member's lathes) were raffled.
Gifts were exchanged, twenty-two in all. All were high quality turnings from member's lathes.


Harvey

November 2015 meeting

Harvey Klein turns an ornament

Harvey turned an inside out ornament. Four pieces, tightly secured were turned for an inside shape. Each piece was rotated so the inside was out, then secured and turned for an outside shape complimenting the inside Then the piece was completed. Nice work, Harvey!.


Bob bley

October 2015 meeting

Bob Bley: stone inlay

Bob gave a comprehensive description of applying stone inlay to a turned wood piece. Suitable stone ranges in size from small rocks to granular. Cementing to the wood is a challenge.
Stone, being harder than wood, is a challenge to cut(or grind). But the results are very special.


Corwin Jones

September 2015 meeting

Corwin Jones: making a sphere

If you love geometry, this is the technique for you. Corwin described the calculating and drafting needed. He then turned a sphere using that information. For those of you mathematically inclined, it works beautifully. For those in a hurry, 0.414 x diameter gives you a dimension good enough to start drawing lines for cutting.
Click here for demonstration photos


BBQ

August BBQ a great success!

The August barbeque was a great success. Jim Laflin was again our host. Larry Maggi cooked and was it good.
There were three lathes set up to turn tops and turn tops we did.
There was a wood raffle and a tool silent auction with plenty of each. Some walked away with great turning wood and nice tools.


group July 2015 meeting - A presentation of masterful work

John Sauer and Glenn Krueg showed awe inspring examples of their woodturnings. Glenn showed examples of the small pieces he likes to turn with a discussion of how to turn them. John displayed a number of prize pieces. These are of the category: don't touch unless you are wlling to buy.His specialty is ornamental turning.
Show and Tell Critique The President's Challenge was Collaborative turning. See pictoral results here. The rest of the meeting dealt with viewing and critiquing members work. We all learned in the process. Click here for photos.
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Dottie_Bang

June 2015 meeting

Dottie Bang showed her spiral technique

Starting with a vase, dottie showed how to lay out, cut and finished a spiral vase.
A pencil layout indicates where to cut into the vase. Initial cutting is done with a hand held rotary carver. The resulting groove is further opened with a small saw blade or file. Finishing is done with file or sandpaper and requires patience and persistence.
The result is beautiful. Click here for photos

Rich Johnson

May 2015 meeting

Chucking Options

Rich Johnson gave a history and tutorial on holding work in a wood lathe.
Chucking options included screw, pin, collette, off center, vacuum and scroll chucks to name a few.
His assortment of devices and gadgets seemed endless.
Many of us were surprised to learn that the modern four jaw screw chuck was not available until the mid 1980's.


group

April 2015 meeting - Sharpening - A tutorial and discussion

Claude  & Dennis domonstrated the sharpening gouges and skews
Technique, theory of sharpening and equipment was discussed.
Discussion of technique was helpful but requires practice.
The theory involves what constitutes a sharp edge, should we rely on microscopic burs, grinding angle, should we use a diamond hone or should we settle on the grinding wheel.
Equipment includes grinders, fixtures and jigs, grinder tool rests.
Names such as Wolverine, Robo Hippy and CBN wheel were heard.


BobNolan

March 2015 meeting - Basket Illusions - Bob Nolan

Bob creates the illusion of woven baskets by designing, drawing, burning and coloring. Bob's designs are variations on Indian basket themes. Starting with a finished turning, he draws carefully spaced circular and radial lines while on the lathe. He then burns the lines on the lathe and by hand. Careful coloring of the spaces between lines creates the desired pattern.

Wow! The finished piece looks like a real basket and an beautiful one at that.


group

February 2015 meeting -

Mike Lanahan made a peppermill using a crush grind ceramic mechanism.
As shown in Mike's notes, this is the sequence of his demonstration:
(1) Bore out Body from bottom, finish bottom (2) Part off Body from Head
(3) Bore & finish top of Body (4) Turn tenon or insert plug in Head
(5) Fit Head to Body & turn to shape and sand (6) Prep Head to re-mount
(7) Mount Head and finish top (8) Fit mechanism & assemble
See Mike's notes here      Mike: Thank you!


group

January 2014 meeting

Dottie Bang treated us to a demonstration on how to turn a natural edge goblet. Starting with a green log (actually more like a branch), she rounded, hollowed, cupped, stemmed and refined the piece until there it was, a goblet with natural edges at rim and base. Dottie, you make it look so easy. Thank you for showing us the "how to do it".


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December 2014 meeting

Curtis, left, spreading holiday cheer at our annual holiday party. Great food, a fun gift exchange, ornament raffle and interesting talk made this a very nice party. This was Curtis's last event as outgoing President. Thank you Curtis for serving so well. Photos of the gift exchange are here.


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November 2014 meeting

Jim Benson, of the Silicon Valley Woodturners, did a demonstration of techniques and uses of air brushing for woodturners. Jim showed us a selection of airbrushes, described the paints used, created an artist rendering and showed us how to clean the airbrush. A starter setup is readily available at a reasonable price from Harbor Freight. Don't forget the air compressor. Practice makes perfect in this business.


Harvey

October 2014 Meeting
Harvey Klein demonstrated the turning of Christmas ornaments.
First turn the body of the ornament.
Then turn the two finials.
Harvey, you make it look easy and you create a feeling of "I want to do that."
Now the work begins!
2015 Board officers were elected as follows:
President - David Vanier
Vice President - George Lutz
Treasurer - Bud Trapp
Secretary - Ken Mccloud
At Large - Bob Bley (proposed, TBA in 2015)

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September 2014 - Competition Critique
Claude Godcharles prepared an excellent projection of each piece judging critique sheet
See it all here
This was a real learning experience
The judges were picky but but that's how we learn.
Many thanks to the judges and to those who
submitted pieces and those who worked so
hard to organize the competition.

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winners

August 2014 - Annual WBW Competition
-The competition was held at the Bridges church in the upstairs room.
-The turnings were top-notch
-The lunch was delicious
-The judging was fair
-The socializing was special
-As usual, we all learned a lot
-All in all, a great show
-See complete competition results and information here

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Larry Mike Claude

July 2014 - (Left to right) Larry Dubia, Mike Lanahan and Claude Godcharles.
These three provided us with invaluable insight and tips on finishing our pieces. For example:
-Use Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat wax free
-Before Beal buffing wait 3 - 4 weeks
-Use Turners Choice wood stabilizer
-For Lacquer use a Preval sprayer
-Recomended finish - Waterlox Sealer/Finish
-Air brush - Badger from Harbor Freight

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David Vannier

June 2014- Dave Vannier described the preferred ways to cut a green log. Turn quickly or seal the ends. Cut along the pith to reduce stress and checking. Should the bowl face out or in? Which part of the tree makes the best bowl? To boil or not to boil. A crotch presents the most opportunity...and challenge.

Tom Kenyon

May 2014 - Tom Kenyon showed how to create a multi-layered lamination bowl in five steps:
1) Design
2) Block preparation
3) Resaw
4) Layout/cutting circles
5) Stack assembly
6) Turning

Pat Crowley

April 2014 - Survivor Shop made tools and jigs: AKA how I saved my bowl from being an outcast. Many thanks to the following individuals that took the time and effort to bring their creations to share with us; Pat Crowley, Larry Dubia, Bobby Feiner, Tom Haines, Barbara Jones, Mike Lanahan, Louis Latronica, and George Lutz, David Vannier, Peter Pipe.


Gearge Lutz

March 2014 - Georgte Lutz showed how to stabilize wood and turning techniques for stabilized wood. The stabilization consists of:
1) imersing the wood in the stabilizing resin,
2) evacuating the emersed wood in order to replace air in the wood with the stabilzing resin,
3) heating the saturated wood to activate and cure the resin.
The system he uses is called the cactus juice stabilizing system. For further information go to:
http://www.turntex.com


Mike Lanahan

February 2014 - Mike Lanahan discussed photographing our beautiful turned works of art. "This is not rocket science!" he says. His major advice was to be especially concerned about the setup. Lighting, vibration avoidance and position were among the important setup concerns. See his tutorial here.

Dennis Lillis

January 2014 - Dennis Lillis demonstrated hand cut thread chasing and machine cut threads using either hand held threading tolls or a Baxter Thread Master jig. He imparted the challenges and best practices of using hand chasing tools as well as the sophisticated Baxter Thread Master jig. This was a very interesting and unusual demonstration. Dennis had on hand several examples of finished pieces, such as lidded boxes, urns and specialty containers as well as a variety of tools that he uses to create threaded lidded containers. One source of the hand tools is Craft Supply. Baxter may be found here

Gifts

December 2013 - It's about gift giving this time of year. Ooh, that's nice! What kind of wood is it? smile for the camera! The food was good and plenty of it. About business - the new projector was approved.

November 2013 - Brian Havens: Finial turning, tool making and making sea urchin ornaments.

October 2013 - Bob Bley: Techniques of Turning with a Strobe, and a New Dust Collection tool.

September 2013 - Winslow on the making of Bird House Ornaments.

August 2013 - BBQ was a fun event.

July 2013 - A discussion and demonstration of tool sharpening, and finish cuts - Barry Uden

June 2013 - Shop Safety by George Chisholm, from Woodcraft.

May 2013 - Bill Johnston - his latest methods for turning and finishing salad bowls.

April 2013 - Brian Havens presented a demo on multi center turning.

March 2013 - Lonnie Hurst presented a demo on Making Bangles.

February 2013 -   101 Ways to Chuck, presented by Barry Uden

January 2013 - Lois Vannier demonstrating wood carving and pyrography techniques emphasis for woodturning.  See her PDF file and videos.

December 2012 Christmas party - good fun and food for all.

November 2012 -  Feedback gained at competition.

October 2012 - Glenn Krueg demonstrated the turning of Tauga nuts.   

September 2012 - Dottie demoed spiral turning of hallow forms.

August 2012 - BBQ, Larry Maggi, Laflin, et al come though again.  Great Job.  Peter Pipe demonstrated how to turn tops.

July 2012 -   Glenn on Inside-Out Turning

June 2012 -  Richard Winslow on Inlaid pens.  See videos at this Link.

May 2012 - High-end Kitchen utensils -  Bonnie Glover. Her website. New Web page with pics from this meeting.