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September Meeting


Small work by Harvey Klein

President's challenge:
Your favorite piece you have turned

Bridges Community Church,
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos


Upcoming Events

Sunday September 8
Demonstration: Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler
See downloadable flyer

October 19
Demonstration: David Elsworth

Priddle 2

August 2019 - Club Picnic/BBQ


The picnic/BBQ was held in conjunction with Silicon Valley Woodturners at Nonno's restaurant in the hills of Los Gatos. This year was different because we met on Wednesday, we shared the event with our SVW freinds and we met at a restaurant. But those skeptics among us were pleasantly surprised by the fun that was had by all. Pizza and salad was served, beer, wine and lemonade flowed and there was a contest among those that brought turnings. The weather was hot, but we met in a shady, pleasant area and we were comfortable. This event was especially nice because there was time to spend with other turners without the meeting pressure.

See the competition photos.

WBW Meeting Locations - How many over time? by Dave Vannier

I've been a member of West Bay for almost 20 years. In that time, we have changed locations twice.

We started in San Mateo at Hillsdale High School. The location was great, with them allowing us to use their equipment. After the shop teacher retired, and a change in school management, we were told that their insurance would not cover us. Ugh. Off to search for a new location.

Thanks to Ken Clifford, we were able to get into the Los Altos Youth Center location at resident rates. The downside was, no equipment and no storage. The later being a big pain. Jim Laflin and I moved a lathe around for the meetings where we needed it, and Jim provided storage.

LeRoy offered to get us into his church, our current location. The price is more than fair, and they have allowed us to store the lathe as well as the use of their big screen TV. Free would be better, but beyond that the facilities have been outstanding. I don't think we have thanked LeRoy enough for his help.

Meeting facilities are the number one issue for almost every club in AAW, and certainly are an issue here in the "cheap house" Bay Area! Unfortunately, a weekly group has temporarily bumped us from Tuesday nights.

Laura worked hard to get your inputs on our options. Frankly relocating represents a lot of work. Someone would have to sign up to transport and store the lathe, and other stuff we are collecting. Changing nights isn't great, as some of will forget. But LeRoy and Laura have secured the second Monday of the month. Thank you!

Now, let's keep sharing with each other and we will all be better turners (and people) because of our friends. Thank you to all who have and continue to work hard to give me the opportunity to keep learning.

See you Sept 9th!


2019 WBW board members and committee chairs

President:  Barry & Laura Uden
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Duncan MacMillan
Secretary:  Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: Gordon Peterson
Meeting Program Coordinator: Bob Hedges
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 & Newsletter:  Tom Haines


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