March 2019 Newsletter

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February Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 7 pm

Beads of Courage Overview and Kick Off (Bob Gerenser, with Mike Lanahan & Mark Koenig)

President's challenge:
Basket Illusion

Bridges Community Church
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos


Upcoming Events

Saturday March 9
Demonstration: Andi Wolfe
Location: Bridges Community Church
Click here for flyer or see below

Wednesday March 13
Sawdust session at Bob Bley's shop

March 15 2019 >> March 17
Oregon Woodturning Symposium
Location: Albany, Oregon
Click here for more information

Tuesday April 9
Program: Pens by Gordon Patnude from SVWT

Tuesday May 14
Program: Embellishments Overview Techniques - Jim Rogers

July 11-14, 2019
The American Association of Woodturners
33rd Annual International Symposium
Raleigh, North Carolina

Andi Wolfe

February Meeting: Dave Vannier - Beading/Basket Illusion


Dave described and showed us the process of creating basket illusion. His process is:
Turn the form
Apply the beads
Darken the channels
Pick your pattern
Add index lines
Burn the lines
Scrub the pencil lines
Add color
See show & tell and pres chal photos here
See basket illusion program photos here


A Message from Laura Uden

This month's program will be on how to make containers to hold the Beads of Courage for seriously ill children. These are artistic beads the children get when undergoing procedures. As their website says, it helps children "tell and own their stories, using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage and hope along their treatment journey." This aligns well with the discussions we had in January and at the February Board meeting about the club focusing on things that don't just benefit ourselves as members, but also benefit our community. The club has purchased enough materials for 20 boxes, and is donating these to club members, so come to Tuesday's meeting and get yours!

While we're discussing the importance of volunteer efforts, we're going to focus each month on one of the officer or coordinator roles. This month, we'd like to talk about the Communications Coordinator role, which is being performed by Tom Haines. This role is like the central hub of a wheel - all club communications are facilitated by this role, as is much of our outreach and marketing activities that help us get new club members and fund our club activities. Without this role, it would be very hard for the club to function. This role is responsible for:

1. writing and distributing the newsletter each month, including updating schedule infromation,     summarizing meetings and demonstrations and getting articles from others
2. attending meetings and taking photos of members in events such as the President's     Challenge/Show and Tell, and at social events such as the Christmas dinner
3. managing the website structure and its content, including monthly updating with new     information and photos
4. a future part of this role might include managing the Yahoo Groups site

Tom Haines has been faithfully performing this role with a cheery smile for 5 years now. He has made improvements to the website and newsletter but is always open to new suggestions and ideas. If you notice issues with the site's content or links, or have any ideas for improvements to the website or newsletter, please let him know. Also, if you have skills in preparing newsletters, we'd like to find a backup for Tom, for those times when he can't make a meeting. This is may be urgent as he has plans that may require him to miss a meeting or two later this year. So if you're willing to give Tom some help and learn the ropes, we would be very appreciative.

Thanks! We'll see you at Tuesday's meeting!


Come see Andi Wolfe on March 9

Andi Wolfe flyer

For a printable PDF of this flyer, click here.

It is time to pay dues

The March 12 club meeting will be your last chance to pay the $30 dues. After that date the dues willbe $35. Send Duncan MacMillan a check made out to the order of WBW. Or bring check or cash to the next meeting.

Duncan MacMillan
27345 Natona Road
Los Altos Hills 94022

Duncan also needs other information:
Member of AAW? If not, click here. If renewing, click here.
Advise any changes to: address, home phone, cell phone, email, spouse's name

How Long Does It Take

If you are like me, you get this question several times a month: "How long does it take?"
This poem from John Styer answers the question.

How Long Does It Take To Make One Of Those?
Do you mean...
not plant the tree, but find the wood,
just 'see' the piece, (as if I could)?
to find a highly figured burl,
a crotch, an eye, or pearly curl?
And once I spy it, perhaps buy it,
inventory, store, and dry it?
Then saw or cut it, possibly I kiln it,
glue, imbue with fill, or drill it?
You mean, that once I'm satisfied
it's stopped the warps, checks, cracks, once dried?
And mounted on the lathe, to turn it,
(which takes much practice, just to learn it;
and then employ a gouge, or two,
or use a skew, which I don't eschew,
to mold it, shape it (what's your pleasure?)
by all means, I'm sure to measure,
then sand it smooth, please wear your mitts,
from coarse to fine, 10,000 grits,
then braze, or burnish, paint, or polish,
(the goal: enhance, and don't demolish)?
Is that your question, start to end,
how long's that path, its way to wend?
Or do you merely want to know how long it turned?
Ten minutes, or so.
Ⓒ John A. Styer, The Lathe-meister

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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Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.