March 2018 Newsletter

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March Meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm

Turning Green Wood Thin Wall Bowls by Dennis Lillis

President's Challenge

Bridges Community Church
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos



Upcoming Events

Saturday March 10 2018
Rudy Lopez
Production Woodturner
See flyer here and see below
Bridges Community Church
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos

Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm
Board meeting
March 20, 7:00 p.m., Parlor 1,
The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley

Wednesday, March 21, 7 pm
Sawdust session
Bob Bley's shop
158 Hillside Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Tuesday April 10
WBW Meeting
Finish the bottom hiding the base opening by Claude Godcharles

Tuesday May 8
WBW Meeting
prepare the segmented board for a segmented bowl from a board by Tom Kenyon

May 10th, 11th & 12th, 2018
Utah Woodturning Symposium
Click here for more info

Saturday May 19 2018
Trent Bosch
Wood Sculptor/Turner
See his website here

June 14-17 2018 Portland OR
AAW's 32nd Annual International Symposium
Click here for info and see below


February 2018 meeting: Bottom side hollowing by Claude Godcharles


When the top of the vase has an opening too small for hollowing, the turner must then hollow from the bottom of the piece.
The trick is then to plug the bottom hole. That is best done with a piece from the same wood so as to hide the entry hole. Claude showed us how to do that.
Clever as he is, the piece shown had almost no clue that he had hollowed from the bottom. Nice going Claude. Now, maybe we can do it, too.
See the president's challenge and show and tell here



President's Musings - Bud Trapp

Claude Godcharles came to the rescue for our February Club program. Dave Vannier had an emergency eye operation which has grounded him and could not present his Basket Illusions talk; we will have to wait for a while for Dave's eyes to heal. Claude showed us an interesting approach to cutting out a base "V" plug, prior to hollowing the vase from the bottom side.

If you have not already signed up for Rudy Lopez' day long Demo on March 10, contact Bob Bley ( Prior to attending you should look at Rudy's website ( Because Rudy uses Rubber Chucky products in his Demo, the Rubber Chucky company has given WBW two of their products (each sells for $90+) for our raffle at the Demo.

Looking ahead - On March 13, Dennis Lillis will show us how to turn a thin green wood bowl. At the April 10th meeting, Claude will return to demonstrate how to finish the bottom hiding the base opening. For May 8, Tom Kenyon will show us how to prepare the segmented board for a segmented bowl from a board. Tom Gaston will discuss first aid for woodworkers on June 12. On July 10, Jim Rodgers will present a program on shapes and form. Our traditional Club Picnic is in August.

The GOAL of the President's Challenge is to challenge each of us to try something new and different, so what you bring to the Challenge should be something you have done in the last 12 months!

As previously announced the Challenge for March will be embellishments. For April, the Challenge will be a thin green wood bowl and in May it will be hidden back side hollowing.

All members are welcome to attend the next WBW Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m., at 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA. We will be meeting in Parlor 1. Because of the construction at this address, maps will be available at the March Club meeting.

Bud Trapp


Rudy Lopez Demonstration Saturday March 10

Rudy Lopez demonstration


AAW American Association of Woodturners

The AAW is a real asset to the woodturner. When you join the Westbay Woodturners, you are encouraged to also join the AAW. The following are examples of AAW member benefits.

The American Woodturner is an award winning bi-monthly magazine. Here is an article, "Woodworm Screws," by Mike Peace, from the August 2013 issue of American Woodturner.
Click here for a downloadable pdf.

This new video in the Total Experience series includes a brief AAW message and a useful woodturning tip from John Beaver on photography. Click here to view the video.

FOR JUST $20, individuals who have NEVER been AAW members may sign up for a three-month introductory membership. When the introductory three-month membership period ends, individuals who have not cancelled are automatically renewed for an additional nine-month period for just $40. The introductory three-month membership offer is available to individuals ONE TIME ONLY.

There is a Chapter Symposium Group Registration Discount for all chapters that have expressed a commitment to organize a group of ten or more 2018 AAW Symposium attendees. Click here for rules and procedures for this discount.


2018 WBW board members and committee chairs.

President:  Bud Trapp
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Duncan MacMillan
Secretary:  Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: David Vannier
Meeting Program Coordinator team:
- Harvey Klein, Dave Plemons, Richard Winslow, Claude Godcharles
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

click here for contact information on the above


Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

WBW   Website  San Francisco Bay Area, West Bay, California