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June Meeting

Wednesday June 15, 7:00 pm
Show & Tell
President's challenge:
  A turning showing what you learned from
  'Design Fun(damentals)' by Laura and Claude
  Chasing your threads with local artist Lanchi Vo
  Some threaded boxes on her website
  More threads (Acorn boxes)


Upcoming Meetings

June 23 - 26, 2022
AAW 36th annual International Woodturning Symposium
Chattanooga, TN

July Program:
  The Intersia of Howard Whipple
  a review by Edgar Whipple

August Picnic/BBQ
  Wednesday August 3
  Hosted by Silicon Valley Woodturners


August demonstration by Kirk DeHeer
• Live Demo-August 21 Sunday at The Santa Clara High School. 9 AM -4 PM
• Hands on August 22, Monday. Enrollment to start soon. Final Cost TBD. ~ $90 per person.
• Private classes August 23 and 24- Interested parties let Bob Bley know. $100/ hour.
• Kirk DeHeer is a professional woodturner
   He is a full time member of the Product Development Team at Craft Supplies USA.
   He is a lead instructor in Craft Supplies 101 and 201 Workshops

Wednesday May 18 2022
Design fun(damentals) Part 2
Seeing the good, Improving the bad, Fixing the Ugly!


Claude and Laura continued with the second session of Design fundamentals. It was a comprehesive review of what to do in the design and execution (turning) process...and what not to do. Emphasis was on monitoring the piece during turning to assure design success. Claude took an 'ugly' and 'turned' it into a 'beauty'.
See the presentation
See Show & Tell
Mentoring specialties and member list

In Memory - Jim Laflin

All of the long time members will remember Jim Laflin, while newer members may not have had the pleasure of knowing him due to his health issue. Jim was one of the first members of the club, and served in a number of different roles, including president. He was made an honorary lifetime member.

I’ve been a member of WBW for over 20 yrs. A friend introduced me to his neighbor and the turning world/club in ‘99. Jim share his passion and knowledge helping me, and many others, in this world. He would host a sawdust session every Tuesday evening when we weren’t having a club meeting or a board meeting.

With Jim’s help, we ran a basic skills class once a month for a couple of years, going from a tree to a finished bowl. This was hands on, and we general had 8 to 10 members joining us for 4 to 6 hrs. He would follow up with private (free) training. Jim always said their is no stupid question, just a question you should have asked. An example was the description of riding the bevel. When he was getting started, he kept hearing that, but didn’t know what it meant. Finally he asked, and always said he should have asked sooner. One of the many things Jim helped me understand was “the” answer to a question. If you ask 10 turners a question, you will get 12 answers, each convinced it is THE answer. His secret, if it works for you, do it! Jim could float across the bottom of a bowl without using the bevel. Something I tried to learn, but never mastered. Many pro’s told him he was doing it wrong, till they saw/felt the surface. Then they usually just smiled and said well it works for you!

For years Jim was my symposium traveling companion. Our first trip was to the AAW symposium in Pasadena in 2003. We made many trips to the Utah symposium on the BYU campus. Evening were filled with trips to the creamery and discussions of what we had learned.

Pre-Covid, you might remember him for the iris’s his wife grew, and the summer BBQ that we held at his house. So many good times there! He seemed to be an endless source of energy, spending several days cleaning up and preparing to host this event.

Jim receive several awards from the club, trying to thank him for all he had done. I’m not sure we were capable of conveying how big of an impact he had. One thing he told me is he hoped to be remembered for what he had done for others, not what he had done. I will never forget the good times we shared and turning knowledge he shared. I’ve missed our time together, and now realize I can’t return. But thank you Jim for all you’ve done. RIP…..


Dave Vannier

President's Words - Claude Godcharles

As I write this, the summer heat is back. This slows down my motivation for turning, unless I wait for the cooler evening. But then I get so involved in my project that it's midnight before I realize it! There's no perfect time, and these pieces won't turn themselves, right? I hope you all find comfortable conditions for your turning endeavors. Like Dave, I should put a big fan near my lathe!

Our June presentation is very intriguing to me. We will be hosting a local artist, Lanchi Vo, who specialize in small boxes with threaded lids. And that's hand chased threads, the old fashioned way. If you are not familiar, look it up, you will get curious as well. Like many of us, I have the thread chasing tools. But the few times I tried, I got close but not great threads. I discovered I could make drunken threads, crossover threads, double threads... Not exactly functional, but fun to experiment with. I am hoping to pick up a few tricks from Lanchi.

The June president's challenge is "a turning showing something you learned from the presentations on design by Laura and Claude". After our two-part presentation and slides on design, I am hoping you took home some ideas and tried them out, so let's see what you came up with!

Until the meeting, stay cool and turn safely!

Claude G.

2022 WBW board members and committee chairs

President: Claude Godcharles
Vice President: Tom Gaston
Treasurer: Jon Bishop
Secretary: Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: Fred Colman
Meeting Program Coordinator: TBD
Visiting artist Coordinator: TBD
Anchor seal: Dennis Lillis
CA Glue: Tom Kenyon
Craft Supply:Tina Chou
Librarian: Kelly Smith
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website & Newsletter: Tom Haines


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