West Bay Woodturners

June 2015  Newsletter

Barry's work

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Meeting on June 9, Tuesday, 7pm

Program: Dottie Bang will demonstrate her spiral technique.
Note: this is a change, Bob Bley will do his presention in October.
President's challenge: Something functional for the kitchen
At the Bridges Church,  Directions: Location


July meeting program: Corwin jones will demonstrate his method for sphere.
President's Challenge: Collaborative turning with two or more members


May Meeting Recap:


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.


Special May Events:

A demonstration by Jason Breach was held on May 24
The Santa Clara Carvers show was held on May 30 & 31
Information on these events will appear in the next newsletter and upcoming website update.

Advantages of a Woodturning Club by Ken McCloud

Many, many years ago, while attending middleschool, I had an Instructor that spotted a particular interest I processed in woodworking, in particular woodturning. Everyday, I would stay after school to work on extra projects and in particular I found myself gravitated to woodturning. With every book I’d borrow from the Instructor to every new “project” I’d turn, I felt pride in my work and beauty in the various woods that were consider scrap in the shop. For the extra hours I worked in the shop and the few moments I’d receive of the Instructor’s time, I would spend a nominal amount of time sweeping the shop each day.

Much later, after additional schooling and over thirty-one years working for the federal government, I found myself back turning wood in a friend’s shop. That hobby grew into a passion, post retirement. Soon I found a local woodturning club and through their members, local woodturners giving demonstrations as well as internationally known woodturners I felt as if I found had found a goldmine of information. Since joining this club, I have become the Secretary as well as the distributor of “CA Glue”. These positions have opened me up to close to eighty (80) members which has been a blessing for a man who has been known as a “shy fellow”.

The West Bay Woodturners, the local club I joined has become a perfect fit for myself. Almost immediately I began to make personal friends, have good turners take me in under their wings as mentors and I have learned a huge amount, thanks to this club, about woodturning. Some of our members have been involved in this club close to twenty years and are still mentoring new members – a rare piece of humankind as of late. Our club meets monthly, has quarterly Board meetings open to all members, and normally have two to three major woodturners speak everyear.

In conclusion, both the Board and membership have given to me much, much more than my annual fee of $30.00 per year for membership, as well as a wonderful quarterly Newsletter.

Editor's note: Articles like this are a monthly feature from board members. Thanks go to Ken and the others who contribute. As board members they already contribute greatly to the club, so it is especially good to hear from them in the newsletter.

About the Website

The "Galleries of Club Members" is a showing of fine turnings from many of our members. This is your chance to see more than just those turnings presented at club meetings.

For those of you not represented in the gallery section, this is your chance to participate. Send me a selection of images of your best work and it will be added to the gallery.

You may have noticed that some member's galleries have been converted to a new style of display. The reason is that the old style, although attractive, would not display on iPhone and iPad. It was about a dispute Steve Jobs had with Abobe. So, galleries are being converted as time allows.

Comments are always welcome. Let me hear from you.


2015 WBW board members and committee chairs.

President: David Vanier
Vice President: George Lutz
Treasurer:  Bud Trapp
Secretary:  Ken McCloud
Member at Large: Bob Bley
Meeting Program Coordinator: Larry Dubia
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Jim Laflin
CA Glue:  Ken McCloud
Craft Supply:  Richard Winslow
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Bill Daniels
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website:  Tom Haines



Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

WBW   Website  Peninsula, Calif