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September Meeting

When:Tuesday, September 12, 7 pm

Jay Perrine will be our speaker this month. He recently took a class from Sarah Robinson PhD. at the Marc Adams School. Sarah has a wood turners background and a wood science PhD. Jay will talk about the ideal conditions for fungus to create spalting; isolating the Fungi that creates color in advanced stages of spalting; and how to stop spalting. He will describe isolating the dye from the fungus, creating a colorfast dye, and using the dye to color a turned piece.

President's challenge:
Any piece where sanding was a major issue

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 4, 2017
A special invitation from Joe Martinka of the Silicon Valley Woodturners:

"Silicon Valley Woodturners are having our 20th year anniversary celebration. We would like to invite our closest fellow club members to join us in our regular Wed meeting, and to celebrate with us at the October meeting (Wed, Oct 4, 2017).

"The meeting starts at 7 pm 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. Some past members may be there, and perhaps some memorabilia from the club's past.

"We ask that club members consider bringing some past turned special piece that had been a club president's challenge for a encore viewing."

Saturday October 7, 2017
Sally Ault
Production Woodturner
Demonstration flyer here



August 2017 club meeting: Annual BBQ




This piece is submitted by Bob Bley.
Written by Ken Rizza of Woodturners Wonders,
it is reprinted with his permission

I am a woodturner

"The wood spins, creating a blur which becomes the canvas on which I paint. I It has no beginning or end, only limitless possibility. No artist brushes here; only knives of steel to create the image inside waiting to be freed. Mystical in nature, I peel back the layers of time that have been implanted by all that this tree has known, and by all who basked in its greatness. As its secrets are revealed to me with each passing revolution, I have to wonder what lies within it next that will shape its final destiny. This amazing creation by God has helped mankind since time began and it matters not whether it is dead or alive. Its usefulness is unfailing as it transforms from one phase of its existence to another.

"How unselfish this gift of nature is! With little reflection one can marvel at and appreciate this manifestation. One can hardly list all that a tree has done for thee. Now in my hands, it makes its final journey as my tool's path is guided by its inherent beauty manifesting itself with each passing revolution. The final outcome will have no beginning or end. It will be so much more than when I started, as a new purpose for its existence is created. The human element embraces and gives deeper meaning to the tradition of a wooden vessel. "The Bread of Life" is not complete unless served up in family heirlooms cherished for generations. It is an awesome responsibility to be part of the cycle of life for one of nature's greatest gifts to mankind. I am a woodturner."

Ken Rizza


'When the tool influences the design' by Bob Heltman

This month's article is 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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