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Upcoming Meetings

Most virtual meetings will be suspended
All meetings will be in person
except for:
Sawdust Session
Board meetings
AAW Symposium
Those otherwise specified

Wednesday July 7, 7 pm
Virtual Show & Tell
President's challenge: school donation

Saturday-Sunday July 17-18
2021 AAW Virtual Symposium
Link to symposium page

Wednesday July 21, 7 pm
Virtual Sawdust Session

Tuesday August 10
In person picnic at Cuesta Park
For more information see below

Monday September 13, 7 pm
In person
Program: Kalia Kliban - milk paint demonstration
Meeting flyer

AAW symposium 

June 2021 Meetings

Meetings were virtual via Zoom
hosted by WBW and SVW

Wednesday June 2 2021
Program:Walking Bowls by Rebecca DeGroot


Rebecca showed how to make a bowl with spider legs. It seemed that this would be an improbable project both artistically and structurally, but she pulled it off ending with a showy and sound product. Her ceativity was on display, making legs with strong glue joints that look good.
Photos of Rebecca's presentation


Monday June 14 2021 - Show & Tell and president's challenge


Photos of Show & Tell

Wednesday June 23 2021 - Sawdust Session


Photos of the sawdust session

August Meeting BBQ

August Meeting BBQ for WBW and SVW:
A monthly wood turning meeting that has no demonstration, no lathe, no president's challenges, no zoom link and...is in person!

This year we are meeting at a wonderful venue, Cuesta Park in Mt. View. It is just a short distance from Bridges Community Church (see address below )

Cuesta Park
615 Cuesta Drive
Group picnic site #1 (this is at the end of the parking lot - no walking involved)
Start time 4:00 PM, Tuesday August 10.

What we will have at this event is BBQ chicken, and polish sausage, various chips and drinks and a good time to share with fellow wood turners from WBW and SVC. You are welcome to bring adult refreshments and for those of you who signed up to bring side dishes please do.

There will be no wood raffle or silent auction this year unless someone just has to purge old tools or orphan wood. However, you are welcome to bring any new turnings that you want to show off as we will have a time allowed for show and tell. We look forward to seeing members from both clubs at this event.

The map to the location is located on the WBW website:
Cuesta Park map

Please sign up

Images shown are from the 2018 WBW BBQ at Cuesta Park.

Cuesta Park

"As the Wood Turns" Collecting Too Much Wood - by Dave Vannier

We were talking about drying wood the other day. Seems like this conversation comes up all the time. My problem is more a case of getting to the dry wood and finishing it than getting it dry. I’ve gotten better over the last few years, only collecting enough wood to turn for project ideas I have.

I started, like most of us, collecting wood, regardless of the quality or type, in whatever quantity I could get my hands on. Then I would go home and process it, piling up roughed out blanks only to have another green wood opportunity show up and I’d start the cycle over, never getting to finish the dry wood. The first positive step was to not take more than I could process, and only collect good wood.

Now, looking at my pile of dry wood, I try not to take more than a few pieces. This has given me time to actually finish pieces, and left me discarding wood that just has too many faults in it to be useful. Maybe I will actually start thinning out the dry blanks. But don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of dry blanks to finish.

I’ve also learned that many of the dry blanks just don’t match the kind of forms I like to turn now.

Collecting wood seems to be a common problem many of us have. Some just do a better job of controlling it.

Stay well see you soon!


The Woodturners Bandsaw

At the June sawdust session, there was a discussion of bandsaw safety and technique.
An article from the American Woodturner by Alan Lacer was recommended.
It is a PDF available under the title The Woodturner’s Bandsaw
Click and read, it is good stuff.
It originally appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of the American Woodturner.


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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Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.