West Bay Woodturners

March/April 2014  Newsletter

Barry's work

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Upcoming Events:


Next meeting on May 13:  7PM at the Bridges Church:  Directions


Agenda: Demo - Tom Kenyon - Multi-layered lamination bowl


President's Challenge: Shop made special tool(s) or jig(s)


Future meetings: How to cut blanks from logs and more



Upcoming Visitor Demonstrations:


Ray Key on Sunday, May 11, 9:00 am -5:00 pm


Mr. Keys is an internationally know wood turning artist from Great Britton, who has over 40 years of experience.

Watch his YouTube video on Basic Box turning here

This may be the last visiting artist we will entertain in 2014, so please make every effort to attend. We expect Ray will be able to turn a few pieces that will be raffled off to those who attend. 


Location: Covington School 201 Covington Rd in Los Altos. See map



President's Turning Thoughts:


Tom K bowl

Next Meeting: In previous month’s show and tell presentations, Tom Kenyon displayed striking wood turned bowls, using a technique that can best be described as Mulit-Layered Lamination. The result looks like a segmented bowl in the pattern of a vortex. Tom is putting together a power point presentation and examples that will describe the process used to create one of these pieces.


David Ellsworth      

David Ellsworth: The David Ellsworth demonstration proved to be a great success, with almost 50 wood turners attending the event. David was kind enough to turn three demo pieces that were raffled off at the end of the event. His technique of turning bowls and hollow forms, using a few tools that he designed, is simple and direct. His mastery over this medium is complete and demonstrates what can be accomplished with the careful application of common sense techniques and a few good tools.


Free Wood Turning Hands On Sessions Recap: On Saturday, March 15th we held session two of the free wood turning hands classes at Jim Laflin’s shop. Thanks to the efforts of Jim, Karl Hoff, Larry Maggi, Laura Uden and our demonstrator, Barry Uden we were prepared to host a larger number of attendees, but alas only Mario Tarabini and Neil Maggi showed up for the free instruction.


Barry Uden will be presenting Session Three – Bowl turning, sanding, reverse chucking, finishing and more, at a date to be determined in June or July. Whether or not you attended the earlier sessions, you will gain valuable insight and hone your skills at this class. We have plenty of room to accommodate all members that are interested in attending these sessions. Please be on the look out for the upcoming announced date of Session Three.


The March meeting initiated the free raffle for members who wear a shop made name badge. The April meeting saw an even larger number of individuals participating in this get to know your fellow wood turner. So if you have at name badge, wear it proudly. If you don’t, make one or you will remain anonymous.


It must be Symposium season:For those of you that have not been keeping track of the calendar, the Utah Wood Turning Symposium will be taking place on May 15th to 17th. For details perform a web search of the above title. Significant this year will be a tribute of the recently past founding member of this event, Dale Nish. If you are interested in flying, driving, surfing, etc. to Utah and looking for someone to share traveling expenses drop me an email at cvbayside@aol.com and we will see if you can be hooked up with a fellow traveler.


Also AAW is holding their yearly Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13 to 15. This is relative close to us, so some of you may feel like taking a trip to the South West. For details of the demonstrating artists please see the latest edition of American Woodturner or logon to the American Association of Woooturners web site.


The current standing in the Presidents Challenge participation point contest has: Larry Dubia, Tom Haines, George Lutz, Harvey Klein and Tom Gaston all tied with 6 points each. It is still early in the year so start submitting your version of the president’s challenge and earn points to the end of the year prize. Why don’t you try browsing the Web Site: http://www.westbaywoodturners.com/ ? There is a small storehouse of knowledge contained at this site. As a member, it is yours free to use, so use it.


George Lutz      

March Meeting Demonstration: March brought us George Lutz demonstrating the process to produce stabilized wood blanks. He has all the necessary equipment and the knowledge to generate quality stabilized wood blanks. If you are interested in this process or would like to have him stabilize some wood for you, contact George at: george_lutz@charter.net


March: Presidents Challenge -- Lidded Boxes: Participants include Larry Dubia (Olive segmented vase) Cecil Dobbs (Topless/Bottomless Box), Mike Papa (Cocobolo box), Tom Gaston (Boxes), Glen Richbourg (Pitissporem/Purple Hart and Jarrah box), Ed Howes (Lidded box with two threads on top), Ken McCloud (His first turned lidded box) and Tom Haines (boxes and more boxes).


Pat Crowley          

April Meeting Demonstration: Nearly 10 member demonstrators to show off their Shop Made Tools and Jigs. 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, George Lutz, David Vannier and Peter Pipe. See photos here


April: Presidents Challenge – Turning Stabilized Wood: We saw several variations on the theme of stabilizing turned wood. The presidents challenge participants were: Harvey Klein (Ornaments), Al Soliz (two Spalted Boxes), George Lutz (Pens), Tom Gaston (Olive and laurel bowls with stabilizing wire rings), Claude Godcharles (Pentacryl spalted maple bowl) and Larry Dubia (corn cobs and lots of other weird stabilized items). Thank you one and all for your participation. See photos here.



Curtis Vose, President



2014 WBW board members and committee chairs.


President:  Curtis Vose

Vice President:  Patrick Crowley

Treasurer:  Bud Trapp

Secretary:  Ken McCloud

Member at Large:  TBD

Meeting Ptogram Coordinator:  George Lutz

Visiting artist Coordinator:  BobBley

Anchor seal:  Jim Laflin

CA Glue:  Ken McCloud

Craft Supply:  Richard Winslow

Coffe & Cookies:  Phil Feiner

Website:  Tom Haines


Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

WBW   Website   Peninsula, Calif