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Upcoming Meetings

All meetings listed below will be virtual meetings.
They will be Zoom meetings co-hosted by
West Bay Woodturners & Silicon Valley Woodturners

Wednesday April 7, 7pm
Presenter: Mark Agar
Signature pieces - Viking Sunset Bowls
His website

Wednesday April 12, 7 pm
Show and Tell

Wednesday April 21, 7 pm
Sawdust session

Monday May 10, 7 pm
Program: Tod Raines of the Woodturning Tool Store
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Wednesday June 2, 7 pm
Program: Walking Bowls by Rebecca DeGroot
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Wednesday August 4, 7 pm
Program: Kalia Kliban - milk paint demonstration
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All March meetings were virtual via Zoom
hosted by Bob leBy, Greg Peck and Mike Lanahan

Wednesday, March 8 2021
Program: GluBoost by Mark Dreyer


Mark showed us how to use GluBoost as a very good finish. Apply the blue and then the orange. Apply it, then use the accelerant. Quick and easy, he showed us. Not as good as a cement/glue, we learned.

Photos of Mark's presentation


Wednesday March 3 2021 - Show & Tell

show Photos of the show & tell

Wednesday March 17 2021 - Sawdust Session

sawdust Photos of the sawdust session

President's Letter - Tom Gaston


Greetings, I hope all is well with you. With the advent of spring, longer days, as well as the easing of restrictions, I am increasingly optimistic that we can resume in person meetings, perhaps by late summer or fall. The zoom meetings have been excellent and in some aspects better at showing the technique and process of wood turning. But, I miss the interaction of in person meetings, the camaraderie, the feel and closer examination of the turnings, and just the over all gestalt.

On a different note, our own Tom Haines had a very nice article in Punch, Spirit of the Peninsula magazine. You can read the article by searching Punchmagazine.com and look for the March 2021 issue, pages 108-113.

Happy turning

Punch article

Read the article

"As the Wood Turns" Opportunity - by Dave Vannier

Two things I like to say: I love to turn. &. I live to learn. With the Covid lockdown, I’ve definitely focused on learning. I’ve taken on projects that take more time than I was willing to devote to any one project before. I only sell once a year at the Rotary Art show. It is a fun to get out in front of people and get feedback on what people, both turners and non-woodworkers, think of your work. I also like what the rotary does, so supporting them is a good thing. But, there was no show last year, and no show this year means I’m collecting pieces. I would have to question how much I love to turn looking at the last few pieces I’ve made. In total, I may have done 4 days of turning this month with the rest spent doing embellishment, pyrography, air brush, dry brush, piercing, stone fill, epoxy,.. It was Loads of fun!

But learning opportunities have abounded. Cindy’s demo was great! I have not gotten to making a twisted box yet, but will do it. I attended an IRD on teapots. It was inspirational, and is another project to try. One of the examples was a teapot made by Jon Sauer. Nice! So how are you keeping yourself busy?


Wood Education - Hardwoods

"In woodworking terminology, the term “hardwood” is not strictly a term referring to hardness, but rather to the botanical designation of the trees from which the wood comes. In short, hardwoods are angiosperms (flowering plants)—while softwoods are classified as cone-bearing plants (conifers). For practicality’s sake, it just so happens that most hardwoods happen to yield fairly hard wood, so the name “hardwood” is generally applied, though not always strictly correct. (For instance, Balsa is a flowering plant, and is technically considered a hardwood.)"*

"Anatomically, the most noticeable element of all hardwoods is the presences of pores, sometimes called vessels. These vessels usually appear as small openings in the wood when viewing the endgrain. Noting the size, arrangement, and contents of the pores is generally the first step in attempting to identify a hardwood."*

"One unique property of softwoods is that they do not contain pores like hardwoods do. When attempting to ID any softwood, the first thing to look for is resin canals."*

*Reprinted from THE WOOD DATABASE

2021 WBW board members and committee chairs

President: Tom Gaston
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Jon Bishop
Secretary:  Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: Claude Godcharles
Meeting Program Coordinator: TBD
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Dennis Lillis
CA Glue:  Tom Kenyon
Craft Supply:  William Akey
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Kelly Smith
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website & Newsletter:  Tom Haines


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