West Bay Woodturners

March 2016  Newsletter

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March Meeting:

When: Tuesday March 8 - 7:00 pm

Where: Bridges Community Church
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos

Agenda: Tom Kenyon - Open segment

President's challenge: Something made with homemade tools


Upcoming Events

April meeting will be the Ice Cream Social -
Presidents challenge will be jigs & fixtures
There will be a tops spin off
Maybe a wood raffle

Sharon Doughtie demo Sat July 30 click her website
Contact Bob Bley re your interest in a hands-on session on following days.

Brad Adams demo Sat Oct 29 - click his website

A schedule of major national events - click here



January Meeting Recap:

February 2016 meeting - Jim Rogers: Toolmaking for woodturning

Jim Rogers     

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.

See photos from the meeting here



Saturday February 20 demonstration by Eric Lofstrom

Eric Lofstrom

Did you make it to Eric Lofstorm's demo? If you didn't, you missed a a good time with several projects. His tool control, particularly the skew, was definitely impressive.
He started showing us "the dance" and compared the body motion to Japanese woodworkers. Unfortunately for me, it is a very hard motion to duplicate. The mechanical knee just doesn't work the same.
He then turned a top, using just a skew, but one with his grind. I am going to have to see if I can grind one to work they way he used it.
He showed us a cheap homemade chatter tool, and some SeaHawk coloring. I didn't care for the colors, but guess I'll go collect another tool.
Next on tap was a lidded box, with a really nice feel for the lid. All this in the morning! Two more projects wrapped up the afternoon. See photos of the demo by clicking here

Let Bob Bley know your thoughts about the demos! We will have Sharon Doughtie in July and Brad Adams in Oct. They should be good times. I never know what I will walk away with, but I always learn something and have a good time. You should have gotten an email asking for your input about hands on with Sharon. Email Bob if you are interested. He needs to plan.

Dave Vannier



Refrigerator Magnets by John Wolf


This month the article is provided to WBW compliments of "More Woodturning" magazine.
It is available via printable or readable PDF by clicking here.
This will bring up the article 'Make Refrigerator Magnets'.
In addition, all seven articles are available on the website at the bottom of 'Tutorials'.
They are informative and interesting articles, recommended for reading.


About the website

The 'club' or 'members only' portion of the website is password protected. Since we have had an ongoing change of members over the years, we will change the password starting this month. You will get a separate email from me with the new password.
The membership roster is now indexed by last name and separately by first name. If you are like me, you know most of our turners by their first name. I would like to know which is best for you. Please let me know.


2015 WBW board members and committee chairs.

President: Tom Kenyon
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Bud Trapp
Secretary:  Duncan MacMillan
Member at Large: David Vannier
Meeting Program Coordinator: David Vannier (acting)
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Jim Laflin
CA Glue:  Ken McCloud
Craft Supply:  Richard Winslow
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: open
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website:  Tom Haines


Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

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