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March Meeting

When:Tuesday, March 14, 7pm

Footed vessel by Claude Godcharles

President's challenge:
Some sort of embellishment

Bridges Community Church,
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos



Upcoming Events

March 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Oregon Woodturning Symposium
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Saturday, April 1
Woodturning Demo - Derek Weidman
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April 11
WBW meeting: Ice cream social
President's challenge: Jigs & fixtures (show only)
and Tops spin off

May 11, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Utah Woodturning Symposium
Location: Orem, UT
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June 22, 2017 to June 25, 2017
AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
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February 2017 meeting: Bob Bley on fractal burning


What is a fractal? By definition it is "a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. ...in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomina..." Isn't that what we saw that Tuesday night when the burning arc worked its way across that piece of wood. It was so natural (like a growing tree) but then again so statistical and mathematical. Bob treated us to the fractal magic, but also had some very firm practical advise. "Don't touch anything unless the power is off." The voltage is fatally high. One can purchase the equipment from Conestoga Works, or assemble your own. A conductive solution is needed and bleaching after the burning. Use a fan to blow the smoke from the area.
Click here for photos of president's challenge and show & tell.



The President's summary of the monthly program survey

During the February meeting, two surveys were passed around to collect opinions about the visiting artists and potential monthly program subjects. I thought I would share the results of these surveys.

The Professional Demo Sawdust Survey only had seven responders - I expect this is because the members didn't realize that it was the second page of the survey. The survey asked if the hand-on-sessions often associated with the artist was a benefit. The vote was split.

The second issue was should the sawdust sessions that Bob Bley is currently getting together should be slanted toward beginners or the more experience turner- again the vote was split. So no strong feelings were expressed by the membership - based on seven returns - not a big sample. It is expected that the sawdust topics will determined by the participants and vary session to session.

The Monthly Program Survey listed a number of potential subjects and asked the members to rank the subjects 1-5. Based on the responses, seems the best subjects for future programs are:
- Finishing the bottom/reverse chucking
- Finishing Products
- Basic Bowl Turning/Safety
- Sanding - tough to do at the church
- Inside/out
- Finials

If you or someone you know is expert in any of these subjects and might be willing to present a program on it, let me know or volunteer them at the March meeting.
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the survey - it gives ideas of what the membership is interested in.

Just reminder - if you haven't already - please pay your dues.


'Debark SAFELY' with a Hand Adze by Bob Heltman

This month's article is provided compliments of "More Woodturning" magazine.
Their website is available here
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In addition, more articles are available here.
They are informative and interesting articles, recommended for reading.



2017 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: open
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Dennis Lillis
CA Glue:  Tom Kenyon
Craft Supply:  Richard Winslow
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Bob Hedges
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website:  Tom Haines


Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

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