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October Meeting

When:Tuesday, October 10, 7 pm

Alabaster forms - by Guy Michaels

President's challenge:
Spalted item

625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos



Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 4, 2017
The Silicon Valley Woodturners have invited us to their 20th year anniversary celebration to be held at the October meeting (Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 7pm). at the Santa Clara High School wood shop. The high school is at 3000 Benton Street in Santa Clara. The woodshop is in the far south west corner of campus with ample parking in the staff parking lot. For directions click here
"After the normal meeting announcements and presentations of the show-and-tell, we will have a cake/ice cream celebration in the main woodshop for everyone there to celebrate 20 years of teaching and practicing woodturning".

Saturday October 7, 2017
Sally Ault
Production Woodturner
See flyer below or printable flyer here


Wednesday October 18, 7 pm
Sawdust session at Bob Bley's shop
158 Hillside Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Sunday November 12, 2017
Carl Jacobson
Woodturner and prolific Youtube purveyor
Demonstration flyer here



September 2017 club meeting:
Jay Perrine - Spaltologist
Spalted wood and dyes for spalted wood

Jay Perrine

"Spalting is defined as any color occurring inside wood that is caused by a fungus or fungi. Spalted wood is wood colonized by very specific types of fungi. These fungi make black lines, beautiful colors and lightened bleached area on deciduous wood." "Calling wood spalted instead of rotten indicates that the decay has been halted before significant mass loss has occurred. Spalting implies that a certain usefulness remains in the wood." In addition to describing the physics of spalting, Jay told us of a technique to prepare dyes from the fungi which is used to color the spalting in the wood.
For meeting photos click here


Words of wisdom from David Vannier

Ever wonder how people know you have a disease known as wood turning? It is simple, they just ask one question. A tree came down, do you want some of the wood? If you have the disease, the answer is usually, My wife/husband will kill me if I bring any more wood home. When can I come get it? Sometimes we even remember to ask what kind of wood it is or how big is it!

Several years ago a fellow member was cleaning up his shop. He counted over 200 bowl blanks drying. I laughed hard, till he piped up Don't laugh, you have more! So, I went home and did a count. Somewhere around 500 I stopped and decided I needed to lay low. Of course, he didn't let me off the hook. Guess I earned that. I've been on a wood diet now for a couple of years. Sadly, I'm still failing.

Over the past couple of weeks, I had an opportunity to get wood twice, some pistachio and some iron bark. Never turn down iron bark, and had never turned pistachio. I was better than I've been in the past, only taking what I could rough out in a week. Haven't been as good about it in the past. But, this added a little more than 20 bowl blanks set aside to dry. It also produced 5 large barrels of shavings to be recycled. Ugh, I really need to clean up.

Looking forward, we have an active month in front of us, with a professional demo, being invited to SVW's meeting where they are celebrating their anniversary with ice cream, and then our club meeting. So, come and get your fix with the other addicts!



Professional Demonstration Saturday October 7

Sally Ault


'Making the Spinner Top' by Fred Holder

This month's article is compliments of "More Woodturning" magazine.

Their website is available here

Click here to display the article.

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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